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Florence Italy

Famed by being the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is also the capital of Italy's Tuscany region and considered a powerhouse of culture, architecture and the arts.

The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you never have to look far for things to do. The Uffizi Gallery is home to masterpieces like The Birth of Venus and Primavera by Sandro Boticelli, as well as Titian's Venus of Urbino, while the Accademi Gallery is home to Michelangelo's David and the unfinished 'Slaves'. If you're treating yourself to an extended stay in Florence, other notable museums worth visiting include the Bargello, the Gucci Garden and the former palace of the famous Medici family.

In the old town's centre, you'll find the city's wonderful cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as Duomo di Firenze) and Giotto's Tower, providing a 360-degree view of Florence. You should also stop off at Mercato Central while you're out and about to sample some Florentine cuisine. It's the city's oldest and largest food market, packed with fresh produce, as well as a bookshop and cookery school. You can sample anything from tripe panini and pasta to gelato and Florentine steak.

Florence's Amerigo Vespucci airport is located close to the city centre, with a taxi or bus ride taking around 15 minutes.


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