A TASTE OF FLORENCE
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The choice of things to do in Florence is remarkable. Take in stunning Renaissance monuments and celebrated artistic masterpieces. Discover renowned shops and markets, tuck into fabulous food and experience the vibrant nightlife.
The cultural feast on offer is worth visiting Florence for, alone. Take in the city’s trio of iconic landmarks – the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Browse in historic shops selling premium-quality wares. See the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art, and sample rich rustic cuisine accompanied with wonderful wine. Then sip fruity cocktails at a hip nightspot while grooving to the latest sounds.
Wander around stalls proffering a colourful array of fresh produce, hand-painted crockery and aromatic spices at Santo Spirito Organic Market. Treat yourself to a beautiful pair of bespoke leather shoes from Francesco da Firenze, or fabulously fragrant beauty products from the renowned Officina de’ Tornabuoni, serving customers since 1843.
Take a stroll along the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge, stopping to browse in its shops and take in the medieval Torre dei Mannelli. Climb up to the Brunelleschi-designed dome of the stunning Florence Duomo for spectacular panoramic views. Or escape the city bustle for the beautiful rustic retreat of Fiesole.
Florence boasts not one, but two internationally-renowned art galleries. At the Uffizi, over 50 rooms are filled with perhaps the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art from such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto and more. Marvel at Michelangelo’s iconic masterpiece, David, among other treasured artworks at the Accademia.
Mingle with the locals while sipping cool Chianti and feasting on rustic Tuscan cuisine at the popular Al Tranvai. Or tuck into hearty homemade pasta and sample the flavours of southern Italy at Caffè Italiano Sud. Stroll through olive groves to La Beppa Fioraia, where mouth-watering meat dishes await.
Sway to Latin rhythms under the stars at the open-air nightclub in Central Park. Or head to café-cum-bar Oibò, and groove to the latest dance sounds while sipping cocktails with the young crowd. If opera music is more to your taste, take in a performance at the Teatro Comunale.
Skip the long lines at the prestigious Accademia and Uffizi art galleries with this not-to-be-missed tour. Led by your expert guide you will spend the morning exploring the Accademia Gallery, home to celebrated works including Michelangelo’s world-famous statue of David and San Matteo (‘St Matthew’). In the afternoon, you will then be guided to the special skip the line entrance of the Uffizi Gallery, where the superb collection of Renaissance masterpieces includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto and more.
Discover the fascinating historic cities of Siena and San Gimagnano on this day trip from Florence. Journey through the idyllic Chianti countryside that inspired many a Renaissance work of art, with its undulating landscape of olive groves and vineyards. On your guided tour of the medieval walled city of Siena, you’ll visit the cathedral, museum and beautiful square of Piazza del Campo. You’ll then continue to the tiny city of San Gimagnano, famous for its frescoes and other artistic treasures.
Skip the long entrance lines to the magnificent Florence Duomo and take in spectacular vistas from Brunelleschi’s Dome. This iconic terracotta structure is the masterpiece of eminent Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. After skipping the line to the Duomo, your expert guide will explain the history of the dome before leading you up the 463-step staircase to the top. While this steep climb is not for the faint-hearted, the views at the end are definitely worth it.