Journey to Florence
Fall under the spell of one of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities
Few visitors can fail to be moved by Florence's outstanding beauty; it's impossible to turn a corner here without being confronted by some spectacular building or landmark. Tuscany's most populous city, Italy's short-lived former capital and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence nestles in a valley surrounded by hills and is neatly in to north and south by the River Arno.
Florence presents its guests wonderful dilemma: what to do first? The city is so enriched with cultural, artistic and architectural treasures that it could conceivably take a lifetime to experience and admire them all. Once seen, however, sights such as the Ponte Vecchio('Old Bridge') which spans the Arno, the magnificent Gothic Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with its skyline-dominating dome, and the panoramic city views attained by climbing the 414 steps of Giotto's Campanile (bell tower) will never be forgotten.
Such is the importance and beauty of Florence's medieval heart, which encompasses an illustrious six-hundred-year history of artistic and architectural brilliance created by the likes of Giotto, Michelangelo, Donatello and Brunelleschi, that it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.
From visiting any of the city's eighty-plus museums to admiring its breath-taking architecture and exquisite artworks, and from strolling in beautiful Boboli Gardens to witnessing a Tuscany sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence presents an endless succession of truly pleasurable and unforgettable experiences.