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Florence Travel Guide

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Plan Your Florence Vacation

Florence, the city of the lily, gave birth to the Renaissance and changed the way we see the world. For centuries it has captured the imaginations of travelers, who have come seeking rooms with views and phenomenal art. Florence's is a subtle beauty—its staid, unprepossessing palaces built in local stone are not showy, even though they are very large. They take on a certain magnificence

when day breaks and when the sun sets; their muted colors glow in this light. A walk along the Arno offers views that don't quit and haven't much changed in 700 years; navigating Piazza della Signoria, always packed with tourists, requires patience. There's a reason why everyone seems to be here, however. It's the heart of the city, and home to the Uffizi—the world's finest repository of Italian Renaissance art.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Galleria degli Uffizi Italian Renaissance art doesn't get much better than this vast collection bequeathed to the city by the last Medici, Anna Maria Luisa.
  2. Brunelleschi’s Dome His work of engineering genius is the city's undisputed centerpiece.
  3. Michelangelo's David One look and you'll know why this is one of the Western world's most famous sculptures.
  4. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo From this perch the city is laid out before you. The colors at sunset heighten the experience.
  5. Piazza Santa Croce After you've had your fill of Renaissance masterpieces, hang out here and watch the world go by.

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