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Florence the birthplace of the Italian renaissance; it’s where the Italian language was invented, where neoclassical architecture was pioneered, and where scientific stalwart Gallileo started to study astronomy. That’s just scratching the surface. It’s no wonder that back in 1300 Pope Boniface VIII said that the Universe was made out of five elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Air, and Florentines.

Nowadays the capital of Tuscany draws millions of tourists each year, and the historic city centre has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a beautiful city to get lost in, with stunning buildings around every corner and excellent eateries where you can flop down with a steaming bowl of delicious food at any time of day. The famous Florence skyline is best admired from your hotel roof terrace, with a glass of local wine in hand.

Most of the hotels in Florence are concentrated around the city centre, which can be split up neighbourhoods.

San Giovanni

Bang smack in the heart of Florence’s Centro Storico, San Giovanni (sometimes known as Duomo) is home to some of Florence’s most famous sights. Admire the frescoes of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, climb the 414 steps to the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower, and wander around the Opera del Duomo Museum: the institution responsible for looking after the important monuments of Piazza del Duomo.

Santa Croce

In the south-east of the historic centre you’ll find the Piazza Santa Croce, along with the beautiful marble Basilica where the remains of Nicolo Machiavelli, Galileo and Michelangelo are buried. The square plays host to a medieval football match each June 24th, but for the rest of the year there are plenty of restaurant tables where you can pause to contemplate your surroundings. There’s a good range of accommodation in the area, from classy boutique hotels to relaxed B&Bs.

San Lorenzo

Home to Florence’s largest open air market and the oldest church in the city, San Lorenzo is a bustling district which sits to the west of the historical centre. Visit the Cappelle Medicee tombs where the famous Medici family are laid to rest, hit the stacks in the Laurenziana Library where Leonardo da Vinci designed the staircase, and finish your afternoon with a low cost lunch at the Mercado Centrale indoor market.

Santo Spirito

Sometimes known as ‘Oltrarno’, this bohemian neighbourhood on the south bank of the river teems with antique shops, boutiques, and artist studios. It’s Florence’s liveliest neighbourhood, especially around the tree-lined Piazza Santo Spirito. There’s a morning market, evening concerts during the summer, and plenty of vibrant bars nearby.  The neighbourhood is also near the famous Ponte Vecchio, one of Florence’s most romantic spots. Although you might be tempted to write your initials on a padlock and stick it to the fence, be warned that there’s a €160 fine if you get caught.

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