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Known worldwide for being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence’s highlights include amazing architecture, gorgeous works of art, and of course, delicious Italian food. Located in the middle of the Italian “boot” along the Arno River, Florence was home to many pivotal figures in the Renaissance, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and many others who have contributed to the arts. With tourism centered in the centro storico (historic center), many vacationers choose one of the many hotels located near here. The top attraction here is Il Duomo, a magnificent cathedral capped with the world’s largest brick dome. Climbing to the top offers visitors a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding Tuscan ... Read more
countryside. Not far away is the Ufizi Museum, home to arguably the best collection of Renaissance art in the world. The vast majority of visitors go to the Accademia di Belle Arti, which houses Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Ponte Vecchio, Italian for “old bridge,” is a favorite among tourists for its charm and fine jewelry stores, a trade that has thrived on the bridge since 1593. Restaurants in Firenze, like Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni, are definitely classical Italian, offering lots of pasta, olive oils, breads, and meat. Florence is definitely an experience that awakens the soul and softens the heart of any traveler.
If you are offered a trip to Florence at any time of year, take it (duh!). The city is always charming, regardless of the weather. However, if you can choose when to take your vacation, there are times that are better than others. The winter is cool, so you won’t get the chance to dine al fresco. Summer can be very hot, and this is also high season, so hotels are more expensive and you’ll have to wait in line to see Michelangelo's David. You can usually find a sweet spot of good weather and fewer crowds during late spring (April/May) and early fall (late September/October). It does rain much of the year, so bring an umbrella.
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Valletta, Malta

When in north of Italy go and visit the renaissance city of Firenze or Florence close to train station you will find tourist office and sight seeing buses plus in 15 minutes you are in the heart of the city And the dominant White Duomo with long queues to enter

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Owens Cross Roads

We booked at Hotel Laurus Duomo for our 50th wedding anniversary. Within 24 hours of our booking our credit card was accumulating fraudulent charges!!!! This hotel sold/released/compromised our credit card & refuses to answer our emails concerning this problem!!!! AVOID THIS HOTEL at all costs!!!! So upset with this hotel & so unwilling to book with any hotel in Florence directly!!!

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Broadbeach, Australia

Florence (or Firenza) is the capital of Tuscany, Italy. A magnificent renaissance city, an architectural an artist paradise. Containing many historical, beautiful churches - the Duomo being the most well known - but also Santa Croce - but also many other famous structures - Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Piaza Michelangelo (on top of the hill with a beautiful scenic overview of Florence), Ufizzi Palace (Museum), many amazing Piazzas, the original statue of David by Michelangelo in the Accademia Museum (a copy in the main Piazza), markets - a must city for a guidebook so you don't miss out on the treats and sights you want to visit.

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Foster City, California, USA

Florence is one of my favorite cities in Europe, because of its Renaissance art and architecture. I walked for 3 days all around the city and enjoyed all the sights.

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Alhambra, California, USA

The place to go if you're a museum or art lover! I spent a few days in the city and fell in love with it. There is so much to do and see. I would recommend you spend a day at the Uffizi Gallery.

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Greater Vancouver, Canada

Nice historical City u should visit if ur in Italy. Good Food and Vine. If u have time, look for a tour to a Vinery.

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San Diego

Florence is "real" Italy - hot, crowded, and packed with art and culture. You can get a cappuccino or caprese on every corner, or opt for a glass of wine in a cobblestoned square cafe, or swarm with the masses around the Duomo. There's shopping, nightlife, and the kind of traditional Italian lifestyle you've probably been craving: siesta, food, and the art of dolce farniente (the sweetness of doing nothing.)

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Westminster, California, USA
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Art and History Buffs, this is the place for you! I didn't know too much about Florence but after staying for a short stay I was impressed with the history and architecture. There's a lot to do and see. Definitely make a stop here if you're in Italy.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Of the big cities in Italy, Florence is my favorite. Amazing art. Great food. And spectacular views.

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East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA

Florence is a beautiful city loaded with history and culture. So much to do and see. You should definitely visit it on your next trip to Tuscany

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Aliases: Firenze, Florencia