Tuscany

Florence

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Few cities are as impressive or as beautiful as Florence - a masterpiece in itself. From the iconic Duomo with its terracotta-tiled dome that dominates the landscape to the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge and grand Pitti Palace, there's an architectural marvel at every turn. Even the simple churches - Santa Croce, San Miniato, Santa Maria Novella and San Lorenzo - house mosaics, frescoes and marble statues that are spectacular. Whether you're an art lover or not, you can't fail to see the beauty of Florence.

Galleries

Step inside these incredible buildings and the wonders never cease to amaze no matter how many times you see them. Head for The Galleria dell'Accademia to view Michelangelo’s 'David', the Uffizi Gallery to marvel at Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' and da Vinci's 'Annunciation', and if you want more Michelangelo, take a peek in the Medici Chapels. Thanks to the Renaissance movement in the 14th century, the breath-taking art is ubiquitous. It's no wonder this entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.



Arts & Crafts

Step into the 21st century and you'll discover a different kind of art; behind the boutique shop fronts that line the historic centre. Not only is Florence renowned for its luxury leather goods (head for San Lorenzo market), you'll also find a wealth of Italian designer brands. Think Pucci, Ferragomo, Gucci and Prada for starters.

 

Cross the photogenic Ponte Vecchio and you'll find yourself haggling with the jewellers and leather craftsmen. Just don’t forget to take those special sunset shots from the bridge as the light and mood changes.

Food & Drink

Of course, after all that shopping you'll need refreshments. In Florence? No problem! From family-run trattorias to Michelin Star restaurants and everything in-between, you'll find something to suit your tastes. And while you're there, make sure you try the flagship of Florentine food: Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a delicious Panzalla or even a simple fresh pasta dish for a taste of the season.

 

As Florence is right next to Chianti, you won't need to search too hard for something delectable to accompany all that Tuscan fare - the wine is as wonderful as you'd expect.  For the kids, there's always gelato. Invented in Florence, this is the place to taste it.

Excursions

And if you really want to give the kids a day out to remember, follow the gelato with a trip to The Boboli Gardens at Palazzo Pitti. Designed by the Medicis, the gardens are adorned with grottos, fountains, sculptures, centuries-old plants and even a maze.

 

You'll also find some perfect picnic spots for a true Italian lunch. Antipasti anyone?

 

Yes, Florence has it all – style, beauty, world-class cuisine, outstanding art and amazing architecture. What’s not to love about this beguiling city...

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