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Considered the birthplace of Renaissance, Florence is the capital of Tuscany. Its historic center is one of the most visited in the world and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Florence is also in the top fifty fashion capitals of the world. The old districts still define the geography of Florence: you can know more information in the following sections about Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Oltrarno (San Frediano + Santo Spirito) and Duomo – Cathedral areas and their incredible artistic heritage. Habitat Apartments provide high quality apartments in central Florence, close to Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and the Brunelleschi Dome.
We’re in the heart of Florence! The cathedral area is the most visited place and crowded with tourists. Imposing, sometimes chaotic, a shopping and art Mecca, including the Piazza del Duomo, the elegant Via Calzaiuoli, which directs you to Piazza della Signoria and the Loggia dei Lanzi. From here you can start enjoying the Galleria degli Uffizi. For those who want to stay in the bustling centre of the city, an apartment in Florence Duomo is the best there is!
We agree that beauty is subjective, but sometimes there is objective beauty. Oltrarno is objectively beautiful and magical, an area in Florence you won’t get bored with which mixes art with incredible landscaping and impressive views. Some of its plazas, Santo Spirito for instance, seem that they are suspended-in-time, far from the touristic noise of the historic city centre. The same thing happens with bars & restaurants, special, welcoming, whether they’re trendy or not. No doubt locals prefer this area to go out at night. And even more when looking for accommodation Oltrarno is an ideal district for apartments in Florence.
San Lorenzo in Florence basically means one thing: the market! In fact, the two markets. A space with open stands that loops between the Via Nazionales and the Piazza di San Lorenzo: you can find clothes, jewelry, leather products (this one is still the pride of Florence). Open all day, every day, even though in the last few years it has changed looks (many stands disappeared), it’s always worth a walk. Among the stands, you will find the historic Central Market, with a wide offer of fresh products, all of it enhanced by Florence’s most authentic spirit. In the surroundings you may also find many shops, wineries, the “lampredotto” carts, and some low-priced taverns which offer typical Florentine food.
The Santa Croce neighborhood hosts one of the most beautiful piazzas in Florence city centre: Piazza Santa Croce, with its imposing gothic basilica that has seen many celebrated faces determine the history and identity of the city. In its surroundings, the typical streets of Florence start spreading, the stone buildings, trendy restaurants, artisan shops and new fashion stores.
Always depending on how to get to the city, you can catch a train and have a romantic and exciting instant when you get to see Firenze S.M.N. From this moment you’re officially in Florence! The station is located in the city centre, just 10 minutes from the Duomo, and 5 minutes from the Fortezza da Basso, where the most important fairs in Florence take place. The area is cosmopolitan, has different sides according to the streets you walk on. It’s cheerful, pretty and you also have to know how to move around it.