The Tuscan capital has captivated the hearts of millions with its world-renowned art galleries, stellar architecture, and an iconic wooden bridge over the Arno River. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence or Firenze, was the hotbed of artistic innovation and scientific discovery during the mid-14th century, a legacy which has endured. The home of great masters like Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Giotto and Botticelli is an art lover's delight with symmetrical domes, elegant squares, opulent arcades and elaborate fountains.
Florence has been a city where passionate artists lived and worked, and remnants of those times are all over its streets and piazzas, adorning church walls and displayed in its world-class museums. Topping the list of must-dos in the city is a trip to the iconic Uffizi Gallery (for the world's largest collection of Renaissance art), Galleria dell'Accademia (for Michelangelo's David) and the Duomo (a grand Gothic cathedral in pink Candoglia marble). Shop for leather goods, watch an opera performance enrol in a Tuscan cooking class, drool over the spectacular views from Piazzale Michelangelo and fall in love with the sunsets over the Arno. Make it perfect with a stay at the fashionable Portrait Firenze, owned by the Ferragamo family. The views are to die for.