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Capital of the Tuscany region in Italy and famed for its culture, artistic influences and striking architecture, Florence is renowned for being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Most of the city’s famous tourist sites can be reached on foot and it is possible to walk from one end of the historic centre to the other in half an hour, walking is also the recommended way of exploring as you can take in much more of the city. Florence is home to an amazing collection of museums of which the Galleria delgi Uffizi is the most recognised, home to one of the world’s best exhibitions of fine art and boasting amazing Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Also notable is the Bargello museum, boasting the best examples of Renaissance and Mannerist sculptures, while fashion lovers will enjoy the Gucci museum, a recently developed project that features a collection of vintage Gucci styles.
In the Old Town there are plenty of historic sites to see, some particular favourites include Santa Martia del Fiore; the city’s beautiful cathedral, Giotto’s Tower; offering spectacular views across the city from its peak and Santa Croce; a church containing the monumental tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante and other notables in addition to artistic decorations.