FLORENCE

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.

TOP TIPS:

STAY at the Hotel Orto De’ Medici, a former Medici palace with comfortable rooms and a delicious breakfast included in the mornings.

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).

EAT at Trattoria La Casalinga and Gusta Osteria in the Oltrarno area, and indulge in lots and lots of gelato.

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!).


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Visiting the Bargello Museum in Florence

Italian Cooking Class in Florence

Where to Find the Best Views in Florence

Traffic Signs Become Street Art in Florence

Navigating Europe’s Big-City Christmas Markets and Festivities

3 Easy Daytrips from Florence

Cinque Terre: One of Italy’s Best Kept Secrets
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