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Province of FlorenceTuscany, Italy

Province of Florence

Once known as the Athens of the Middle Ages. Today, Florence is the jewel in Italy’s cultural crown with much to fascinate and intrigue any visitor.

Florence is the capital and largest city in the region of Tuscany, on Italy’s west coast. It is home to around half a million inhabitants.

Since it was founded first century B.C., Florence has had a reputation as one of the world’s most innovative cities, making many contributions to civilisation. It is well-known as the birthplace of Renaissance art. Where Dante founded the Italian language; where legendary artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo rubbed shoulders, and as one of the wealthiest cities in the world, was also the origin of the banking industry.

Today, Florence remains a fascinating and beautiful city. It has been described as a walking museum, and is small enough to see on foot.

The centre of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning art and architecture in abundance. It was here that influential Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi designed the city’s magnificent gothic cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, more widely known as the Duomo. The must-see cathedral is located at Piazza del Duomo. It is a magnificent piece of architecture, and one of the country’s largest churches, with the largest brick dome in the world. Brunelleschi is honoured by a statue on site. Entrance is free, but there is often a long line to get in. Pay to climb the dome for an extraordinary view over Florence.

From here you can walk to the impressive Romanesque Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence. Don’t be fooled by the statute of David, it is a replica. Michelangelo’s original famous nude can be seen at the city’s Accademia Gallery.

If on a budget, buy a Firenze card. This 72 hour card gives users free admission to public transport and many of the city’s major museums, such as the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio and Galleria d’arte moderna.

End a day’s sightseeing by heading towards the San Niccolò area, on the left bank of the River Arno. Here you’ll find the Piazza Poggi tower (also known as the Torre di San Niccolo) which offers beautiful views over the city. If feeling brave, climb the 161 steps to the top. From here you can see up to the Piazzale Michelangelo. Afterwards, take a hard-earned refreshment and rest in the neighbourhood’s typical Florentine bars or restaurants and enjoy the excellent Tuscan food and drink.

There is always something to enjoy in Florence. It celebrates all year round with many festivals and events such as opera and theatre seasons, design week, fashion week, and even a gelato festival!

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Popular cities in Province of Florence

Ponte Vecchio featuring vehicle touring, a square or plaza and street performance
Known for Historical, Museum and Art
Love museums, cathedrals and art? Get away to Florence!

Reasons to visit

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
San Gimignano showing shopping and street scenes as well as a large group of people
San Gimignano
Known for Countryside, Historical and Winery
Take a step back in time as you explore the grandiose plazas and frescoed churches of this medieval town set above Val d’Elsa in the heart of Tuscany.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza della Cisterna
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Volterra featuring a small town or village and heritage elements
Known for Historical, Countryside and Monument
Encounter many different eras of history in Volterra, a scenic hilltop town in Tuscany famed for its palaces, museums and archaeological sites.

Reasons to visit

  • Porta all'Arco
  • Cathedral of Volterra
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Palazzo Pretorio which includes a city, a square or plaza and heritage architecture
Known for Art, Historical and Cathedral
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Reasons to visit

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Known for Historical, Relaxing and Hill
Escape to upscale Fiesole! Enjoy its history, monuments and ruins.

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Barberino Tavarnelle
Barberino Tavarnelle
Check out the local area in Barberino Tavarnelle—home to attractions like Isole e Olena Winery and Santa Lucia al Borghetto Church.