FLORENCE BY E-BIKE: DISCOVERING FLORENCE ON TWO (ELECTRIC) WHEELS
I love to ride my bicycle, and I use it very often to go to work downtown. It’s environmently-friendly, it’s healthy and it’s fun! So, why not take a tour of Florence by electric bike? An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion. In other words you can decide either pedaling or using the electric device. With our e-bike we will see Florence from a different perspective, with wind in your hair and ringing the bell of your bike!
We will start from one of the squares of downtown and ride around where the ancient city walls once stood, but some of the city doors still remain. Then we will ride along the Arno River, and stop along the way to take some beautiful pictures.
FLORENCE BIKE TOUR’S HIGHLIGHTS
One of the highlights of this tour of Florence by electric bike is the Franciscan basilica of Santa Croce, medieval church famous for housing the tombs of the most glorious characters of Florence (Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli). From there we go up to Michelangelo’s square, where we can admire a magnificent virtue of Florence from above. The next unmissable stop is the medieval church of San Miniato al Monte, with its splendid 13th century mosaics. Behind the church there’s a grandiose monumental cemetery, built in the 19th century, called Holy Gates (Porte Sante), where many local personalities had their burials. From San Miniato we go downhill arriving at Porta Romana, ancient gate of the medieval city walls. Here a gelato stop is waiting for us: we deserved it!
BACK TO FLORENCE DOWNTOWN
Now it’s time to go back to the city, passing by Pitti Palace. It was the house of Medici family since mid 16th century and it’s world wide known for its spectacular Boboli Gardens. Crossing Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge of Florence, we get to Piazza della Signoria, dominated by the imposing tower of Palazzo Vecchio (city hall). The heart of down town is Piazza dell Repubblica, old Roman forum, and today one of the hubs of Florentine life. Last stop of our tour is the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral), begun in 1296 by the city of Florence to compete with its rivals Pisa and Siena.
How long? 3 hours
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