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Awaken your senses with a journey to the heart of Tuscany, Florence. Steeped in compelling history and overflowing with artistic mastery, it is a city that effortlessly marries the old and the new. Underneath the Tuscan sun, you will encounter a city shaped by famous Renaissance figures, the wealthy Medici family, and a heritage rich in art, culture, and commerce.
Sprinkled with architectural masterpieces at every turn, and boasting a tantalising culinary scene, Florence is, without a doubt, a must-visit for any discerning traveller. From the labyrinth of its winding streets to the majesty of its magnificent marble facades, prepare to be enchanted and inspired, as we guide you through this captivating city's myriad of offerings.
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Start by marvelling at the Gothic majesty of Florence Cathedral. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Duomo di Firenze, is sure to take your breath away. Ascend its famed dome, engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi, for a stunning view of Florence’s terracotta-tiled skyline.
Piazza della Signoria
Absorb the political history in Piazza della Signoria, the symbolic heart of the Florentine Republic. Admire the grandeur of the Palazzo Vecchio and the opulence of the Uffizi Gallery, one of Italy’s top art museums.
Explore the striking Palazzo Vecchio, a treasure trove of Roman ruins, Medieval fortresses, and Renaissance chambers and paintings. Ascend its towering structure for a sweeping view of the city.
Visit the extraordinary Uffizi Gallery, showcasing some of the finest Renaissance art. With masterpieces from the likes of Botticelli, Michelangelo, and da Vinci, it's a veritable feast for art lovers.
Finally, immerse yourself in the romantic allure of the Ponte Vecchio. This medieval structure, spared from war-time destruction due to its historical value, has now morphed into a hub of goldsmiths and jewellers.
Indulge in Florentine Steak, a mouth-watering T-bone or porterhouse from Tuscan cattle, traditionally seasoned with Tuscan olive oil, salt, and pepper, usually served rare. Enjoy a thick, juicy slab at Trattoria Mario, a local favourite.
Savour Lampredotto, a typical Florentine delicacy. This popular street food, made from the fourth stomach of a cow, might sound odd, but trust us, paired with a glass of classic Chianti wine, it's unexpectedly delicious!
Pappardelle al Cinghiale
For pasta lovers, Pappardelle al Cinghiale is a must-try. Tuscan-style, thick, broad noodles served with a hearty wild boar sauce await you at eateries like Trattoria Zà Zà.
Experience the rustic charm of Ribollita, a thick Tuscan soup with bread and vegetables, greatly enjoyed in places like Il Santo Bevitore.
Lastly, satisfy your sweet cravings with Cantucci, sweet almond biscuits often dipped in Vin Santo wine, a traditional Tuscan dessert served everywhere in Florence, from cafes to high-end restaurants.
Choosing the best time to visit Florence largely depends on your itinerary. With its Mediterranean climate, the city is a year-round destination, however key seasons stand out.
If your travel plan includes sightseeing, museum-hopping and al fresco dining, the shoulder seasons from April to mid-June and September to October offer comfortable weather, fewer crowds, and a calmer pace, perfect for ambling through art galleries or sinking into a slow-cooked, Tuscan stew.
Those desiring to see Florence in bloom would find the spring, from April to June, a pleasantly photogenic time, with fewer tourists and mild weather. Ideal for languid walks across the city's cobble-stoned streets or quick countryside jaunts.
Although November to February is off-peak season; lower prices, fewer tourists, and the romantic mood brought on by the winter chill might make a visit worthwhile. Just remember your umbrella!