Florence is one of Europe’s great art repositories and Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Primavera feature prominently on count... Read More
Florence is one of Europe’s great art repositories and Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Primavera feature prominently on countless “see-before-you-die” art lists. The city is filled with cathedrals, but the true icon is Il Duomo, which is still regarded by modern architects as a masterpiece. You can climb 463 steps to the top and take in the view, which will likely stay with you for years to come. But while the galleries, churches, chapels, and palaces huddled in this compact city could keep a Renaissance fiend happy for a month, there is life beyond the art. Explore the city’s green spaces: the celebrated Boboli Gardens is the largest and most famous of them all, but there are some wonderful hidden gems if you know where to look. Take a boat trip along the Arno River or hire a bike and tour the city like a local. Sign up for a walking tour or a cooking lesson or even a spin around town in a vintage Fiat 500. Shopaholics are also well served here: when you’ve had enough of the city, head for the hills and a wine-tasting trip in Chianti. And for something really different, book a hot air balloon: gliding silently at dawn over Tuscany’s iconic landscape is an unforgettable experience.