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Florence

Welcome to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of Italy’s most treasured cities. Here’s your Lonely Planet style guide to help you make the most of your visit.

Top Sights

- Florence Cathedral (Duomo) - visit this iconic landmark and marvel at the stunning architecture and intricate detail of the façade. Climb to the top for breathtaking views of the city.
- Uffizi Gallery - home to an incredible collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including works by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael.
- Ponte Vecchio - the oldest bridge in Florence, lined with shops selling gold and silver jewelry. Take a stroll and enjoy the views of the Arno River.
- Palazzo Pitti - a former Medici palace that now houses several museums and art galleries, including the impressive Boboli Gardens.
- Basilica di Santa Croce - a beautiful church containing the tombs of some of Florence’s most famous citizens, including Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo.

Things to Do

- Take a walk through the historic center of Florence and explore the city’s narrow streets and hidden corners.
- Visit the Mercato Centrale and taste some of the best food in the city, including fresh pasta, cheese, and meats.
- Enjoy a gelato (or two!) from one of Florence’s many gelaterias.
- Take a cooking class and learn to make your own pasta or other Italian dishes.
- See a performance at the Teatro della Pergola, one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious theaters.

Day Trips

- Pisa - visit the iconic Leaning Tower and explore the charming town of Pisa, just a short train ride from Florence.
- Siena - a beautiful medieval town known for its stunning architecture and world-renowned horse race, the Palio.
- Chianti - take a tour of the picturesque countryside, enjoy some of Italy’s best wines and visit charming hilltop villages.
- Lucca - a charming walled city with beautiful churches, charming piazzas, and excellent shopping.

Where to Eat

- Trattoria Mario - a traditional Tuscan eatery offering delicious, home-cooked food at affordable prices.
- All’Antico Vinaio - a popular spot for mouth-watering panini, made with freshly baked bread and high-quality Italian ingredients.
- La Giostra - an elegant Tuscan restaurant with excellent food and an extensive wine list.
- Il Santo Bevitore - a trendy wine bar with a great selection of wines and delicious small plates.
- The Food Studio - a cooking school and restaurant that offers excellent, locally-sourced dishes.

Where to Stay

- Four Seasons Hotel Firenze - a luxurious hotel with a beautiful garden, pool, and panoramic views of Florence.
- Hotel Brunelleschi - a historic hotel in the heart of Florence, just a few steps from the Duomo and other landmarks.
- The St. Regis Florence - a grand hotel housed in a 15th-century palazzo, with elegant rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
- JK Place Firenze - a stylish boutique hotel in a beautiful 19th-century building, offering beautiful rooms and excellent service.
- Riva Lofts - a unique boutique hotel located in a restored factory, offering beautiful rooms and a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere.

There you have it – our Lonely Planet style guide to visiting Florence, Italy. Enjoy your trip!

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