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The birthplace of the Renaissance; a city overflowing with art and astounding architecture, Florence is almost overwhelming in its riches. Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Venus and Giotto’s Madonnas: you’ll want to feast your eyes on all of them. Find a perch among the sculptures in the 14th century Loggia della Signoria near the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy the buskers, or window-shop along the 13th century Ponte Vecchio, the bridge across the Arno River that is lined with glittering jewellery shops. People-watch outside the Duomo, Florence’s extraordinary marble cathedral.
A great place for art buffs to see some fabulous artworks. Two of the main galleries are the Uffizi and Accademia. Book a combo ticket with a guide to learn about the works. These galleries house famous works such as Michelangelo’s David (Accademia) and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venice (Uffizi).
If you’re after leather, head to the San Lorenzo Markets for bags and jackets. For a real foodie market check out the Sant’ Ambrogio market, it’s a great spot to either have lunch or pick up goodies for a picnic.
Finished around 1367, the cathedral is decorated in pink, white and green marble and stands proudly above the surrounding buildings. Take a tour of the Baptistry secret passages.
Attached to the Duomo, the 400 odd steps to the top can be hard work (and is not for those with a fear of tight spaces as it is narrow in places) but the view over Florence from the top is superb.
About a 20 minute walk from the Duomo (or a short bus ride) this is half piazza and half parking lot BUT it is a great spot for fantastic views over Florence and the Arno Valley.
About an hour’s drive out of Florence through the picturesque Tuscan countryside, you arrive in Pisa. Explore the surrounding remarkable buildings and have your photo taken holding up the tower.
See some of the nearby countryside and the rolling hills of Chianti on a day tour to a hilltop town.
As the sun goes down walk around the one-time fortress, Palazzo Vecchio and hear tales of its past. Admire the Hall of The Five Hundred and soak up magical sunset city views from the battlements and Arnolfo Tower.
Enjoy yourself on this fully guided bike tour of the outskirts of Florence and the Tuscan Countryside. Change your pace and the scenery, feel the cool breeze, breathe the fresh air, and really see Tuscany from a different perspective!
On this full day experience search for fresh, local produce at the market to prepare a typical Tuscan pasta, roast pork and dessert. Then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour, complemented by Tuscan wine.
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