Florence

Florence Travel Guide

Since its reopening in 2005 following 50 years of neglect, the 10-acre Gardens of the Villa Bardini in the Oltrarno have become a favorite with Florentines seeking a moment’s repose in the heart of the city.

Named one of the top European culinary vacations by the United Kingdom’s Observer newspaper, Casa Ombuto's cooking courses are held in two Tuscan properties near the village of Poppi: Casa Ombuto and Torre del Tartufo.

Ring the bell to gain access to the garden of this fabric workshop owned by the Pucci dynasty and opened in 1786.

Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, with locations in Rome and Florence, presents a program dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography and video.

In the center of the city, creative types flock to this pocket-size bar for its fresh-fruit cocktails. Inside, the red leather booths and pool tables are packed, an art show is always up, and hipster sightings are probable: Look for members of hometown band the Killers.

A flower shop on a side street in San Niccolo (the artisan's quarter of the Oltrarno), La Rosa Canina ("the dog rose") is run by a brother-sister team who bring a background in advertising and art history to the business.

East meets West in the person of Kurdish-European doctor Zelal Elbistan at his chic city spa. Drop by after a hard day’s sightseeing for a Turkish bath and a soak in the turquoise pool.

Scrambling up between the layers of the cathedral’s noble, white-ribbed orange dome for the requisite city panorama, you get to glimpse up close some of the innovative engineering techniques that genius architect Brunelleschi used to create what was, in 1436, the largest dome in

Recent renovations at this sprawling Renaissance-Mannerist palazzo have opened up archives, grottoes, and sights that had been closed years.

The chapel contains The Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Masaccio's early Renaissance masterpiece.

Located in the city's Diladdarno art district, the photography and video gallery, showcases cutting-edge talent such as Israeli street-art photographer David Kassman and Italy's Massimo Listri.

This lively, sprawling street market is an obligatory stop for anyone in search of cheap and cheerful fashion accessories and gifts.

With his obsessive dedication and talent, Salvatore Ferragamo (1898¬–1960) was the Mozart of handmade shoes.

Along with Loretta Caponi, this antique pharmacy—in a frescoed side-chapel of the Santa Maria Novella church—is one of the most gorgeous shops in

The walls of this evocatively dim and echoing Franciscan church are lined by the tombs of some of Tuscany's greatest luminaries: artist Michelangelo, scientist Galileo, composer Rossini, political philosopher Machiavelli, sculptor Ghiberti, and many others.