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Known as the Capital of Arts, Florence is one of tourists’ most-loved Italian cities, attracting nearly 2 million visitors every year. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city played an important cultural and economic role during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and later, when it was declared the capital of the newly united Kingdom of Italy (1865-1871). Florence is well-known for being the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city’s Golden Age, at the time when it was ruled by the Medici family.
Florence is popular for its iconic Cathedral (which featured the world’s largest dome for centuries), its narrow streets, beautiful architecture, and interesting museums such as the Galleria degli Uffizi.
Discover Florence while running
Runnin’City offers three Smart Runs through Florence, the capital of Tuscany. If you are there on vacation or on a business trip, you can discover the city at pace, choosing between 5, 10 or 15 kilometre Smart Runs. If you take the 5 kilometre route, you will pass by the city centre’s main Points Of Interest, including the Palazzo and Ponte Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, and more. The most efficient way to explore the city, in just 45 minutes! For the more experienced runners, there are the 10 and 15 kilometre long Smart Runs, guiding you up to the Museo di San Marco in the north, and the Giardino di Boboli and the hills of Arcetri in the south. As usual with the app’s Smart Runs, there’s no risk of getting lost (you will be guided with GPS instructions) and you will definitely discover the city’s best-kept secrets thanks to the tourist audioguide giving you fun facts about the Points Of Interest passed en route.
Runnin’City’s recommendations in Florence
If you are lucky enough to have free time to spend in Florence, try the Runnin’City team’s best recommendations in town!
Ditta Artigianale. A stone’s throw away from the Palazzo Vecchio, in the heart of the city, Ditta Artigianale has earned a great reputation among Florentines by selecting its coffee and milk directly from producers, ensuring quality right from its origins to the cup. Ditta Artigianale, Via dei Neri 32R – 50122 Firenze
Mercato Centrale Firenze. The Mercato Centrale (Central Market) dates from the period when Florence was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy in the late nineteenth century. It was designed by the architect who also established the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 2 in Milan. Inside the market, vendors sell various ingredients of Tuscan cuisine: bread, fish, fried food, fruit and vegetables, meats and cheeses, fresh pasta, wines… It’s the place to go for shopping, lunch or just to enjoy the atmosphere. Mercato Centrale Florence, Piazza del Mercato Centrale – 50123 Firenze
All’Antico Vinaio. There are always countless Florentines waiting in line in front of the little vineria, where you will be able to grab a focaccia ripiena (a type of AMAZING sandwich) with a glass of wine for a quick and delicious lunch. All’Antico Vinaio, Via dei Neri 74 R – 50100 Firenze
Sky Bar at Continentale Hotel. Located at the top of the four-star Continentale Hotel, the Sky Bar offers a great view over Florence, and serves some of the best cocktails in town. Continentale Hotel, Vicolo dell’Oro 6R – 50123 Firenze
Trattoria Zà Zà. If you want to try the authentic Tuscan fine cuisine, then you should definitely eat dinner at Zà Zà! In the heart of the Central Market, Zà Zà has been considered one of the best restaurants in town since 1977. Try the ravioli with truffles if you dare… Mercato Centrale Florence, Piazza del Mercato Centrale 25 – 50123 Firenze