4 Reasons to Visit Florence, Italy
The capital of the region of Tuscany in the north of Italy is the charming and bewitching city of Florence. In Florence, art, history, culture, beauty collide in the most magnificent way to create a destination that is perfect to explore at any time of year. Visit once and you may find yourself returning again and again to get your fill of La Dolce Vita. Here are 5 reasons why Florence should be top of your travel wishlist…
Florence was once one of the wealthiest cities in medieval times and as such has a wonderful and wildly interesting history. Historically, life hasn’t always been so sweet in Florence, and there were turbulent and testing times in the past that has made the city what it is today.
Florence’s history has been shaped dramatically by the Medici family who rose to prominence in the 15th century and gained political power. They were believed to be the wealthiest family in Europe at this time and the dynasty didn’t fall until the 18th century.
The architecture in Florence is undeniably beautiful, with many impressive and imposing buildings throughout. The cobbled streets are partly pedestrianised and the compact size means it’s easily explored on foot, allowing you to appreciate the best of the architecture as you go.
At the heart of the city lies the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with the largest Renaissance dome of its type in the world. The Ponte Vecchio bridge over the swirling Arno River dates all the way back to 1345 and is a must-see during your time in Florence. Elsewhere you’ll see palaces and grand houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, picturesque squares with fountains at the centre and much more.
No country does romance quite like Italy does, and Florence as a city has romance in spades. Admire the dreamy skyline from one of the many viewpoints, wander through the streets stopping in cafes to indulge in a coffee and some people watching, sip on an aperitivo as the sun dips below the horizon and do everything slowly, just like the Italians. You’ll find yourself falling head over heels for magical Florence.
Enjoy the Tuscan cuisine
Being the capital of Tuscany it’s no surprise Florence is filled with quality food sourced locally and seasonally. The people of Florence, Florentines, are incredibly passionate about food and there are amazing restaurants peppered throughout. Be sure to try some local favourites, such as panzanella, bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florence style steak), lampredotto, pappardelle and schiacciata alla Fiorentina. Wash it all down with some of the best wines from the region of Tuscany and you’ll be in Italian heaven.
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