Things to do
Every building in Florence seems to house a masterpiece, and you’ll find works of art on virtually every street. Trace your way around the Piazza della Signoria, gelato in hand, and admire the 16th-century sculptures in this outdoor gallery. Or visit the Uffizi where you’ll find renowned works by Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. Visit the Accademia and you can see Michelangelo’s David in all its glory. And then pay homage to the great master at the Basilica di Santa Croce.
The towering Duomo is on most visitors’ must-see lists. Admire the intricate white, pink and green marble work on the outside. Then step inside to marvel at frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. Make time to visit the Bell Tower, Baptistery and Crypt, too. If you can drag yourself away from the cafés and trattorias lining Piazza della Signoria, explore the opulent rooms of nearby Palazza Vecchio.
FOOD & WINE
A city break in Florence is a true culinary journey. Start with platters of antipasti, laden with Tuscan salami and fried courgette flowers. Enjoy bright bowls of panzanella – salad made with ripe tomatoes, basil, balsamic and little chunks of bread. Feast on wild boar papardelle or Florentine steak. Then top it all off with little almond cantuccini and a glass of Vin Santo.