The capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, Florence, is referred to as ‘La culla del Rinascimento’ which translates as ‘the cradle of the Renaissance’ due to the city's Renaissance art and architecture, and the domed cathedral known as The Duomo.
Once one of the wealthiest and most important cities in Europe, it’s clear to see that Florence has a rich artistic and architectural heritage, with a number of historical monuments and attractions to choose from. A city renowned for its art, it’s no surprise that one of Italy’s most famous art galleries, The Uffizi Gallery, is in Florence. The city has plenty of museums if you are keen to learn more about the city’s history, and the Bargello Museum and The Palazzo Pitti are amongst the most popular.
A must-visit in Florence is The Duomo. In addition to its impressive interior, the cathedral offers magnificent views of the city. Those visitors willing to climb the 463 steps to the top of the dome will be treated to impressive views of Florence and its architecture. For another great view of Florence, head to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is around a twenty minute walk from the city centre on the other side of the river. This square dedicated to Michelangelo is worth a visit, and offers a stunning view of Florence’s skyline.
For those looking to shop in Florence, you will be spoiled for choice. The city boasts a mix of luxury boutiques, designer brands and markets on offer. Head to Via Tornabuoni for the designer shops, including the Italian brands Gucci and Prada, or wander along the Ponte Vecchio, famous for its traditional jewellery shops along the bridge. If you are keen to explore more than the city of Florence itself, why not visit the surrounding Tuscan countryside, such as the wine region Chianti?
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