Florence is a true beauty, once the cradle of the renaissance and today considered a cultural and historic gem. For a city small enough that you can walk from Santa Maria Novella in the West to Piazza Santa Croce in the East in a matter of minutes, Florence is so packed full of historic and artistic treasures that even if you returned year after year you still wouldn’t be able to experience them all.
Florence was a pioneer of Western civilization. Now the capital of Tuscany, the city continues to be a link to Italy’s past and a magnet to the outside world. From the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte and the Uffizi gallery, to listening to performances at St Mark’s English Church, Florence is a treat for the eyes and ears. If you’re a foodie you won’t be disappointed with the Florentine steak and fine wine.