View of Florence, Italy (PhotoDisc)

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy (Digital Vision)

River Arno, Florence, Italy (PhotoDisc)


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What to do in Florence

The Tuscan capital may harbor the hallmarks of modern Italy—flagship designer boutiques, world-famous cuisine and wines, and hair-raising traffic—but its soul lies in its heritage, particularly its trove of priceless Renaissance art. The Uffizi’s elegant halls house the most encyclopedic collection of masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. Elsewhere, there are the two Davids (Donatello’s at the Bargelo, and Michelangelo’s at the Galleria dell’Accademia), the Ponte Vecchio, and the Medicis exuberant Giardino di Boboli. But you can also find the city’s artistry in its trivialities—the memorable exhale of chocolate and cream from local gelateria , a cappuccino and pastry at your neighborhood cafè, or people-watching on the pedestrian-only plaza in front of the Duomo, Florence’s ornate centerpiece.

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Traveler Reviews of Florence

Love2Travel rates Florence
Florence is beautiful and romantic with great art galleries and shopping. Go there in the off season- Oct-March and you will enjoy it so much more than in the on-season when it is full of tour groups. Go to San Lorenzo market which has tons of stalls with good stuff to bring home. Best buys: Leather goods, Florentine stationary, Shawls and scarves
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