As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a treasure trove of art, architecture of culture, plus the city’s central location makes it a convenient home base for exploring other nearby places in Tuscany.
STAY at the Hotel Orto De’ Medici, a former Medici palace with comfortable rooms and one of the best breakfasts you’ll find in the morning.
DO visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to marvel at Michelangelo’s David and climb either the Duomo or Campanile (or both) at Santa Maria dei Fiori for breathtaking views of the city (purchasing tickets online in advance is a must).
DISCOVER the beauty of Florence at night when its churches, monuments and bridges are flooded with light, or learn the secrets to Tuscan cuisine by taking a cooking class.
Read more in my Guide to Visiting Florence (coming soon!).