A small city with a bumper-sized line-up of artistic treasures, Florence is like a living museum. Little wonder it’s a magnet for tourists.
Book tickets in advance for the Uffizi Gallery, stuffed with priceless Renaissance art from giants like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli. Also to see Michelangelo’s marble statue of David on display at the Accademia Gallery.
Mooch about the piazzas and hidden backwaters brimming with character. Check out the churches of Santa Maria Novella, San Marco and Santa Croce. Admire Brunelleschi’s dome of Il Duomo, a mesmerising edifice of the Renaissance and illustrious city landmark.
Sample classic Florentine food in heaps of quality restaurants and authentic trattorias. Follow fashion in dedicated costume museums and in haute couture boutiques along the Via de' Tornabuoni.
Florence is at her most beautiful at dusk when the sun casts a warm glow over Ponte Vecchio and the terracotta roofs of this totally absorbing city. A time to enjoy aperitivi in a pavement café and socialise over cocktails and finger food.
In just a few days you’ll get to know this city well. Leaving time to seek out the hills of Fiesole and other idyllic haunts of the Tuscan countryside.