FLORENCE – Renaissance City

Florence – romantic and cultural one of Italy’s most atmospheric and pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval centre that contributed so much to the cultural and political development of Europe. Welcome Italy vote this city as the most romantic and cultural of all.

Where Rome is a historical hot-pot, Florence is like stepping back into a Fiat and Vespa-filled Renaissance: the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio, the trademark Duomo, the gem-filled Uffizi Gallery, the turreted Piazza della Signoria and the Medici Chapels.

A city size shrine to the Renaissance, Florence offers frescoes, sculputres, churches, Palaces and other monuments from the richest cultural flowering the world has known. To see the Tuscan capital simply as Europe’s preeminent city of art would be to ignore not only its role as a dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis, but also to overlook its more unsung charms – italy’s most visited gardens, idyllic strolls and best ice-cream parlors!

Thankfully, these unforgettable places are all within walking distance of each other. A good reference point for navigating your way around Florence is its central train station, Santa Maria Novella, although the Duomo is pretty hard to miss.

The city has two airports – Amerigo Vespucci is a few kilometers northwest of the city centre, and Galileo Galilei (for international flights) is about 75km (46mi) west of the city. You can walk from one end of the city centre to the other in about 30 minutes.

Ponte Vecchiohh

Beautiful sunset over river Arno in Florence, Italy, HDR