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Florence


The beautiful city of Florence in Italy known as the birth place of Dante Alighieri, home to the Duomo and Uffizi and a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1982. The beauty of the city comes from its history, museums, churches, scenery and food. The cultural scene is one to embrace with opera, classical music and contemporary art. Florence is best visited during late spring through early autumn where al fresco dining and drinking is ideal.


5 things to do in Florence

Museums
Being the birthplace of the Renaissance you can expect a multitude of art and history. From sculpture to architecture, and even fashion, there’s a museum for everyone in Florence. Don’t forget to visit the Uffizi, The Accademia Gallery, Opera del Duomo Museum and many more.
Churches
The most recognized church is grand The Duomo, Florence's Cathedral. However, there are many more churches to visit, Santa Maria Novella Church, The Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and Santa Croce.
Monuments & Piazzas
The scenery of monuments and piazzas can beckon history lovers and culture fiends. Among the piazzas and monuments that you must visit are Piazza della Signoria: The Political Heart of Florence, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza del Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo and many many more.
Artisans workshops
Artisan workshops are a meaningful experience when taken the time to explore. Workshops for art such as contemporary jewelry, Florentine majolica on ceramics, a chocolate workshop, bookbinding, and bread workshop are available.
Food Markets, Trattorias, and Gelateria
A covered food market featuring plenty of Italian specialties ranging from cheese, bread, and olive oil, spices, truffles, and wines. Beyond the Mercato Centrale there are trattorias, gelaterias and wine bars to explore.
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What to expect in Florence

The charm and elegance of Florence has many flocking to see it. A visit to Florence should tick off some of those to-do’s and bucket lists you’ve had. It’s a city perfectly made for walking where you can view world class art and architecture, taste a variety of gelato flavors and browse all kinds of leather goods. The monuments, piazzas, and buildings all tell a story of life and art.

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The Duomo

Built by Filippo Brunelleschi, the egg-shaped dome formally named The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. There are two domes in The Duomo with the inner dome made of sandstone and marble and the outer dome made of brick-and-mortar. The iconic landmark should be first appreciated from the outside with a walk around Piazza del Duomo. It might be a bit tiring but a climb to the top of the Duomo’s cupola is a must.
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Uffizi Gallery

When visiting the Uffizi, some patience may be required as a long line can form because only small groups of visitors can enter at a time. It’s best to book those tickets early so you’re sure not to miss out. A walk through the collections will bring much awe with works in the Hall of Early Renaissance painters and the largest hall contains paintings by Sandro Botticelli. Aside from the art, the views from the museum are a sight to see.
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Piazza della Signoria

The Piazza della Signoria is where great triumphs happened such as the return of the Medici in 1530, the Bonfire of the Vanities, executions and many more historic events. Various statues can be seen in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, including a copy of the famous David by Michelangelo.
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Giardino delle Rose

To get to piazzale Michelangelo you’ll have to pass Giardino delle Rose on the way up. It was created by architect Giuseppe Poggi and houses over a thousand different plants with more than 350 varieties of lovely roses.
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Villa Bardini

Atop a hill overlooking the Arno river and Florence, the Villa is home to the Pietro Annigoni Museum, Roberto Capucci Foundation Museum, Temporary exhibitions at the Villa, BardiniContemporanea, Tuscan Society of Horticulture, and Bardini Restaurant and Terrace.

Places to Dine in Florence

A walk through Florence will introduce you to the different trattoria, enoteca and restaurants this beautiful city has to offer. Florence is popularly known for bringing to the world, gelato Italian ice cream. A few staples at any local table are bread, olive oil, grilled meat and game such as boar, deer and rabbit.

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4 Leoni

A meal at 4 Leoni gives you a chance at a relaxing and delicious experience while overlooking the historic Florentine Square. All the flavors of Italian cuisine from pasta to seafood can be found right here.
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Perche' No

Special selections of Tuscan grown and gourmet flavors can be found at this gelateria. A visit to Florence wouldn’t be complete without their world famous gelato. A family business since 1939 you can be sure of authentic flavors here.
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Vivoli

Named as the oldest ice cream parlor in Florence, your sweet tooth cravings can be satisfied at Vivoli. Aside from ice cream they have pastries and cakes.
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Enoteca Pinchiorri

Concentrating on technique and taste to bring about authentic, Enoteca Pinchiorri has amassed talented chefs for their kitchen. The contemporary design, 19th century paintings lend to the classical and elegant design. A recommended dining experience for those wanting and exquisite gastronomical adventure.
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Trattoria San Lorenzo

Overlooking the Basilica of San Lorenzo, it’s highly recommended to dine in the city tables located on the cobblestones of the square. They serve traditional Tuscan dishes with a contemporary twist and pair only with Tuscan wines.
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La Ménagère

This Florence concept restaurant blends good food and design. Contemporary kitchen goods are also sold here while flowers are aplenty making it even more cozy a place. Serving high level yet affordable cuisine with a menu that includes cocktails and gourmet coffee.

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