Florence is perhaps best known for being at the centre of the Italian Renaissance. Surrounded by the sweeping Tuscan countryside and wineries, it’s easy to see how this idyllic setting inspired so many artists and writers.
Today, the city is still a vibrant hub of creative talent, with a very modern crowd and upmarket shopping avenues like Via de' Tornabuoni marking it as a centre for Italian fashion. And it’s curious to see how this settles in perfectly alongside the historic backdrop that sets the city apart as a World Heritage Site.
It’s difficult to escape historic sights while you’re on a city break in Florence. There are so many breathtaking buildings and art works to discover along every street, so we’d really recommend spending as much time as you can strolling along to soak up everything you can.
If you’d like a bit more of a plan, why not work around some of the destination’s most famous historic hotspots, like they city’s beautiful squares including the 19th-century Piazzale Michelangelo, and Piazza del Duomo.
History lovers will be impressed with the ornate 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore, and The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte which dates back to the 11th and 13th-centuries. And other major medieval architecture includes Palazzo Vecchio, a palace built in the 13th century.
For that perfect photo opportunity to round off your trip, pop down to see Cellini’s Perseus Statue.
Florence is certainly a city of culture. Dante write Divine Comedy here, and many famous artists like Cimabue and Giotto called the city their home.
Today, you can take in their work along much more at local galleries like Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti. Or for an interesting stop off, visit Accademia Gallery to see Europe’s first school of drawing.
When it comes to perfect evening out, why not pop to see the Opera at St Mark's Anglican Church, or head to entertainment venues like Circo-lo Teatro del Sale and Teatro della Pergola.
Traditionally, Florentine food is based on peasant eating, so expect good, hearty and fresh dishes in authentic Florentine restaurants.
Popular places to try across the city include Fuoco Matto which is an Italian steakhouse, All'Antico Vinaio if you’d like to grab a sandwich, Il Bufalo Trippone for wine and Italian food, and the cosy Book Pub.
For a more relaxed meal or perhaps just a few drinks, choose a platters and some wine at L'antico Vinaio or Il Vinile, or indulge in a cocktail at Sabor Cubano.
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