Florence (or Firenze in Italian) is the jewel of Renaissance Italy, and is unparalleled in its wealth of important historical artwork, sculpture and architecture. The likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Brunelleschi, Alberti and Giotto are just the tip of the iceberg of great artists who have left their mark on this great city.
Brunelleschi’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, along with the famed Dome of Florence is not to be missed. The Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge surviving WW2, is a testament to the Medici family, and a great place to pick out a sparklingly souvenir. Palazzo Vecchio houses a replica of Michelangelo’s David and displays a collection of important Renaissance sculptures and paintings, while Santa Croce holds the tombs of many of the great artists, philosophers and politicians of the time.
While history, art and architecture are the soul of Florence; music, food and wine are its beating heart. When you’ve worked up an appetite, do visit some of Florence’s delightful restaurants and cafés, where the Florentine gelato is out of this world.
With typical Italian passion, Florence seduces all five senses, capturing the imagination of visitors from all corners of the globe.