Michelangelo and Machiavelli, Donatello and Dante, the Renaissance and romance are felt in every corner of Florence. A showcase of art and architecture, it is one of the world’s greatest artistic capitals, with statues, sculptures, historic churches and palaces adorning the streets. But this is not an austere historical city stopped in time. Alongside the art galleries and beautiful piazzas are fine boutiques, designer shops, and lively cafes. The remarkable heritage and extraordinary art are the mains draws for its visitors, but as one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities in Europe, it is the views from its bridges and street life that are likely to stand out in your memory when you leave.You’ll also want to return, since it is impossible to see all of its artistic treasures in just one visit. Take your time, visit the Duomo and the historical center followed by the Uffizi Gallery, and dedicate your remaining moments to exploring the back streets seeking out your favorite restaurant, bar, or irresistible shop.

 Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. The huge DUOMO and the views from its dome.
  2. The extraordinary collection of the Uffizi Gallery.
  3. Michelangelo’s famous David in the Accademia Gallery.
  4. The outstanding Renaissance paintings inside Palazzo Pitti.
  5. The medieval PONTE VECCHIO lined with shops.
  6. The monumental PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA.
  7. The magnificent frescoes of CAPPELLA BRANCACCI.
  8. SANTA CROCE BASILICA, Michelangelo’s resting place.
  9. SAN LORENZO CHURCH, the oldest in the city.
  10. The rich SANTA MARIA NOVELLA BASILICA.
Hotels and HostelsHotel Bookings Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You’ll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.
RestaurantsEating and Drinking
Anywhere in Florence, especially in and around Piazza della Signoria, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the world’s best ice cream, relax with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and taste some of the best Tuscan cuisine. Prices vary from reasonably-priced to expensive, but you can always rely on a good and inexpensive Italian pizza…
ShopsShopping
When in Italy, you won’t resist looking for the major designer fashion shops, and in Florence they’re mostly found in or around Via Tornabuoni. Once you take a look at all of the big names, a walk around the surrounding streets will take you past other attractive window displays. To look for everything under one roof, check out the city’s branch of the national Coin department store.

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