Florence Travel Guide

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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 "a room with a view" and phenomenal art. Indeed, no city in Italy can match Florence's astounding artistic wealth. Important paintings and sculptures are everywhere, and art scholars have been investigating their subtleties for hundreds of years. But what makes the art of Florence a revelation to the ordinary sightseer is a simple fact that scholarship often ignores: As astonishing percentage of Florence's art is just plain beautiful. Nowhere in Italy—perhaps in all Europe—is the act of looking at art more rewarding.

Hotels

Florence Hotels

No stranger to visitors, Florence is equipped with hotels for all budgets; you can even find both budget and luxury hotels in the centro storico and along...read more

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Florence Restaurants

Florence's popularity with tourists means that, unfortunately, there's a higher percentage of mediocre restaurants here than you'll find in most Italian...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Florence

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Florence Experiences

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  • Eating and Drinking Well in Florence

    In Florence simply prepared meats, grilled or roasted, are the culinary stars, usually paired with seasonal vegetables like artichokes, porcini... Read more

  • Florence's Trial by Fire

    One of the most striking figures of Renaissance Florence was Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican friar who, for a moment, captured the conscience... Read more

  • Meet the Medici

    The Medici were the dominant family of Renaissance Florence, wielding political power and financing some of the world's greatest art. You'll... Read more

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