That little extra
If you wish to escape the tourist crowds, just go south and cross the river by the Ponte Vecchio.
You are now in the Oltrarno, the other side of the Arno river, where you will sense a genuine Tuscan lifestyle.
The Pitti Palace, a true treasure chest, is worth a visit.
Then, in the late afternoon stroll to San Miniato al Monte. There, discover the view of Florence which seems not to have changed since the sixteenth century.
With 10 million overnight stays, and a range of 35,000 hotel rooms plus 23,000 units outside hotel, tourism is of course the main resource of the city.
There remains a network of companies in the field of traditional typography and publishing, as well as many craftsmen.
The capital of Tuscany is also the headquarters for activities in the field of leather and clothing, including Roberto Cavalli, Gucci and Ferragamo.
Many of the greatest Italian artists are Florentine, such Michelangelo, Cellini, Botticelli and Raphael ...
But Florence is also the birthplace of the Italian poetic language through the writings of Dante and Petrarch.
The Medici strongly influenced the current aspect of Florence.