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Florence: Quintessential Italy

Florence is the quintessential Italian city. Culture, history, cuisine, and architecture all combine to create this exceptional small town. Florence has often been at the center of Italy’s history. As the capital of Tuscany, the city represents a considerable portion of the country. This charming city is entirely walkable and offers visitors a wide variety of experiences. To help you plan your next trip to Florence, I’ve selected the top four experiences for you to enjoy in Florence.

Explore the Art and Architecture | Florence has cultivated the talents of artists throughout its history. Every inch of the city has been perfectly designed to showcase Italian architecture. From grand piazzas like the Piazza della Signoria to magnificent churches like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence surrounds you with incredible architecture right on the street. If you choose to venture into a museum, you’ll find famous works of art, such as Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. The art and architecture in Florence is undoubtedly a sight to behold!

Picnic in the Boboli Gardens | Directly behind Pitti Palace are the impressive Boboli Gardens. Designed for the Medici family, the gardens represent one of the first and most impressive Italian style gardens. When the gardens first opened to the public in 1766, picnicking immediately became a popular pastime. Spend an afternoon strolling through the gardens with friends or enjoy a good book in a quiet corner of the tranquil gardens.

Discover the Magic of Tuscany | The beauty of Florence is that it’s a short drive to some of the best small towns and wineries in Tuscany. From Siena to Pisa and San Gimignano, the villages around Florence make for the perfect day trip. Sample Chianti from the local vineyards as you spend an afternoon under the Tuscan sun.

Culinary Delight | It wouldn’t be a trip to Italy without indulging in some authentic Italian cuisine. And Florence is no exception. The city is the perfect place to sample classic Italian favorites like pizza, carbonara, and gelato, but there are also some regional specialties, such as panzanella or fettunta, that you’ll want to try. If you want to take your culinary experience to the next level, consider taking a cooking class and learn from the masters!

Florence is a small but mighty Italian city. Regardless of what you’re interested in, there is something for everyone in Florence!

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