Florence, affectionately known as “The Cradle of the Renaissance”, is a wondrous city replete with ornate architecture, fine dining and some of history’s most famous masterpieces.
Whether you’re visiting Tuscany to take in some of its lavish beauty, to catch a glimpse of Michelangelo’s unmistakeable David or looking to feast on some of Italy’s most sumptuous cuisine, Tuscany is certainly worth visiting.
Here are just a few of the reasons why…
It is home to some of the world’s finest artworks
Tuscany is the proud home of two of the world’s most famous galleries: the Accademia and the Uffizi. What makes both galleries so wonderful is that each houses an extensive collection of masterpieces, as well as two of the world’s most famous masterpieces. Stroll around the Accademia until you come face to face with the legendary David, Michelangelo’s testament to the giant-slaying biblical figure.
Then, move on to the Uffizi, which has a broad selection of fine Renaissance artwork, including that of Botticelli’s utterly divine The Birth of Venus. A Florentine art tour is an unforgettable experience and one you can easily do over one day – you will wind up having seen some of history’s most famous, beautiful and important pieces.
The stunning views of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Who doesn’t love an incredible cityscape view? The Eiffel Tower, Top of the Rock, the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and the ever-inspiring Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Situated at the top of 463 steps, it is the highest point in central Florence, and naturally provides an expansive view over this wonderfully-built city.
If you’ve still got it in you after making the first climb, head on over to Giotto’s Campanile, a marvelous bell tower that also provides wonderful views of this inspiring town.
Enjoy fine Tuscan dining
Many people love to travel with food in mind, and naturally Italy is a top destination for gourmet-based gallivanting. While each Italian region has their own special delights, Florence is home to some of the most sumptuous food and fine wine in the whole country!
Florence is not only home to eight Michelin Star restaurants, but also innumerable local trattorias where you can enjoy local favourites like panzanella (vibrant bread salad), potato tortelli (meaty ravioli) or bistecca alla fiorentina (very rare steak), all to be enjoyed with a glass of robust Tuscan Chianti.
Related article: How many days do you need in Florence?