Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is a beautiful, historic city overflowing with masterpieces and stunning architecture. Some of the world’s most celebrated art can be found here; Michelangelo’s David, and the Uffizi Gallery with its staggering collection including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and work by Leonardo da Vinci. Other must-see attractions in Florence include the cathedral and its crypt, Giotto’s bell tower and the Ponte Vecchio stone bridge; away from the main sights, the side streets of the city provide just as much beauty and interest. Wander the piazzas for open-air art, find peace in unspoiled medieval chapels, stroll around the artisanal Oltrano quarter and the bustling central market, a food-lover’s heaven, and watch the evening rowers whilst enjoying a riverside aperitivo.
Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and a villa in the rolling countryside, amongst olive groves and vineyards, is an excellent option if you want a base away from the bustle but still near enough to explore the enchanting, romantic Italian city.