Introduction to Florence

Famous for its history, Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany region of Italy. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and the ‘Athens of the Middle Ages’. Its illustrious past includes being one of the wealthiest cities of medieval Europe and Florence was once the centre of European trade and finance in the Middle Ages.

Home to the Medicis, one of history's most important noble families, Lorenzo de' Medici was regarded as the political and cultural mastermind of Italy in the late 15th century. Today, Florence still has something very special about it, attracting millions of tourists each year; the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.

Packed full of galleries, museums and churches, Florence boasts some of the greatest artistic treasures of the world. Home to artists and artisans, Florence is famous for its leatherwork, the Michelangelo ‘David’ sculpture, architecture and fashion – in fact, the city ranks within the top 50 fashion capitals of the world. Shopping is done in style in Florence - from Pucci to Gucci and Miu Miu you can shop high fashion or find antiques, one-offs, jewellery and leather goods at local markets.

Wander the old streets admiring detailed façades, frescos and sculptures, explore the Italian beauty of the Boboli Gardens annexed at the back of Pitti Palace, watch the sun set over the Tuscan hills from the Ponte Vecchio bridge, then find a quaint restaurant in a little square to sit and drink wine and enjoy the local varieties of bread, meat and cheese. As you stroll back to your villa, stop off for a scoop (or two) of gelato. Florence is guaranteed to romance and enchant the senses.

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