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Brimming with exceptional sights, Italian cities spoil art lovers. And so, to stand out from the pack is quite a feat. Enter Florence, the Tuscan city that single-handedly spurred the Renaissance art movement. Architectural marvels neighbour a treasure trove of museums and galleries, reigned over by the city’s masterpiece: an imposing Gothic cathedral with an iconic terracotta dome. Topping your visual journey? The palate-pleasing delights of Tuscany!

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Hop on a city tour to enjoy top Florence attractions: the Accademia Gallery, the beautiful Florence Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio. Excursions will lead you to the vineyards of the Chianti region or the medieval towns of San Gimignano and Siena. Make planning easy and pick tour packages that start in Rome and include the best Florence hotels!

FLORENCE TRAVEL GUIDE

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Language

Italian

What to eat

Bistecca alla fiorentina (T-bone steak usually served rare), ribollita (vegetable and bread soup) and pappardelle al cinghiale (pasta in a wild boar sauce). See our breakdown of Italian cuisine by region!

What to bring back

Rustic Tuscan ceramics, Tuscan wine (Chianti!), Italian leather goods (shoes, bags or gloves), stationery (boasting the Florentine marbled paper technique) and gold jewellery (treat yourself on the Ponte Vecchio!).

Fun fact

Yes, Paris has the Louvre and Rome, the Sistine Chapel, but according to UNESCO, Florence is home to a third of the world’s greatest art treasures. Here’s a sampling of those treasures: Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation (at the Uffizi Gallery), Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise at the Florence Baptistry. 

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