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Tuscany, Italy

Discover Florence

Posted by Luci Ackers on Jan 22, 2016
Florence in Italy
Florence in Italy
  • Florence in Italy
  • Boboli Gardens
  • Discover Florence
  • Uffizi Gallery


Fancy some romance in Florence?

Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and is famous for its history and art, considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. The historic centre attracts millions of tourists each year and is listed as one of the world's most visited cities, now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tuscany is famous for some of the most important artists, sculptors and painters in the world: Dante, Boccaccio, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Galileo and Puccini to name a few. The region is one of the best for museums and art galleries, medieval and Renaissance towns throughout all of Italy. And at the heart of it all is Florence. This beautiful city is home to incredible churches and palaces, and houses some of the most famous works of art.

If you're up for a cultural, romantic break, Florence is certainly for you...

One of the city's most visited museums in the is the Uffizi. If you can make time for this one you won't regret it. Inside you'll see an incredible art collection that includes Michelangelo’s David, Leonardo’s Annunciation and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, as well as many more classical sculptures and paintings.

The Cathedral of Florence, known world wide as Il Duomo, but more correctly the Santa Maria del Fiore, is the city's most iconic landmark. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and taking 140 years to complete, the cathedral is one of the top places to visit in the whole of Italy. Climb the 463 steps to the top and experience breathtaking views.

If you'd rather be outside why not spend the day at the Boboli Gardens? They were created by the Medici family in the 16th century and are located behind the Pitti Palace. The beautiful gardens are home to a large number of statues and fountains.

You can't leave Florence until you have experienced the unbelievable food. Ranging from historic cafés to the country’s most highly rated restaurants, Florence food is a true experience of its own. As you wend your way through the narrow back streets you will come across many piazza's with a selection of relaxed cafés or more formal restaurants to enjoy. The Piazza della Repubblica is a particular favourite.

You can stay in this fantastic region for yourself and soak up all of its best bits. Find out how to stay in the beautiful hilltop village of Stigliano by following the link below.

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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