The 14th century medieval walls surrounding the city still remain in part, and the stunning Duomo lies at the very heart of the city. For a water feature that can rival any in Rome, seek out the Fountain of Neptune near the Palazzo Vecchio.
Florence is credited with being the birthplace of one of the most significant cultural revolutions the world has ever seen. The city is overflowing with Renaissance treasures, from Italy’s most famous art galleries, to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and the historical bridge - the Ponte Vecchio.
Tuscany is famous for many things, but above all else for its exquisite wines. When in Florence, you can be sure that you will sample some of the many wines that the region has so lovingly crafted. Look out for Chianti and the fine Cabernet Sauvignons.
As the sky becomes darker, Florence’s famous attractions are lit up beautifully. See the Duomo in its full glory, the grand cathedral with the largest brick dome in the world. Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of Giovanni are also illuminated in this atmospheric, car-free square
To soak up some daylight after being in the galleries, head straight to the Boboli Gardens. Connected to the grand Pitti Palace, this huge park is lined with cypress trees and dotted with statues and fountains. It also offers an incredible view of the centre of Florence.
A short train ride will allow you to see an iconic landmark. At the Square of Miracles amaze at the odd angle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can actually feel the lean of the structure if you take the stairs to the top. The famous bell towers stands at 60m high and is one of four buildings that make up the cathedral complex
You’ll get a true taste of Italy in Florence. The birthplace of the Renaissance is also an inspiration for dining out – try Florentine Steak served char-grilled and rubbed with fresh garlic. Inspired Italian flavours continue with ribbon-cut pasta with wild boar, all can be washed down with some fine Tuscan wine!
A direct train service links Pisa with Florence. It’s an excellent option for exploring both cities. Florence’s medieval streets and squares are often car-free, making city strolls on foot even more enjoyable.
80-minutes drive from Florence is the city of Siena - home to the famous “Il Palio”. Italy’s most famous sporting event dates back to 1656 and sees a 90-second bareback horse race round the enormous Piazza del Campo.
Date: First Sunday of every Month
Free entrance for all to the state museums in Florence every first Sunday of the month
A colourful procession of paper lanterns light up the city to mark the Virgin Mary’s birthday. There’s also a huge market outside the Bascilica Santissima Annunziata with local farmer’s offering an array of delicious fresh produce.
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If you are going there to experience the museums on offer then it is highly recommended to get a ticket with a timed entry for the Uffizi and Accademia. Queues can often be long and waits can be up to 2 hours in the summer. Pre-book and have more time to explore the rest of the city rather than wait in a queue.
The Duomo, Florence's world famous cathedral is a must see sight. Not only can you explore the cathedral but you can take the climb to the top to get a magnificent view of the city.
The oldest of Florence’s six bridges and the most well-known. This closed medieval bridge also features shops along it.
This beautiful church and museum is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce. It is the largest Franciscan church in the world with 16 chapels and its tombs include Michaelangelo and Galileo.
This art museum is among the oldest and most famous in Europe and is the most visited in Italy. With works on display from Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rembrant, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
These fabulous gardens comprise of fountains, statues, palaces and have some great views of Florence. You can easily spend a morning or afternoon strolling round these elegant grounds.
Florence combines shopping and sightseeing at the jewellers on the medieval Ponte Vecchio. It also boasts the Gucci Museum in the designer’s native town. The two main thoroughfares are Via Roma for designer labels and Piazza Repubblica where the main department stores are located. For something a little different head to the boutiques along Via del Corso.