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The historic centre of Florence is small enough to explore on foot, but what a wealth of treasures are packed into it! Brunelleschi’s glorious dome floats above it all and a pleasant stroll through the narrow, pedestrianised streets will bring you to Piazza della Signoria with its marvellous Renaissance statues and the famous Uffizi art gallery. Florence has a unique style and elegance that permeates everything, from street market souvenirs to smart couture, from simple snack bars (offering an amazing range of delicious pizza and ice cream!) to the best Tuscan cuisine.
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Places To See In Florence
Includes Santa Croce church, containing the tombs of many illustrious Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini, and the Uffizi art gallery.
Tour the vineyards and olive groves of this beautiful region with a wine tasting.
Including a visit to the Duomo and the Accademia Gallery where Michelangelo’s David is displayed.
Learn how to make hand-made pasta and enjoy your creative lunch with a glass of Tuscan wine.
Food & Drink
Tuscany is renowned for its superb cuisine and you'll find no shortage of restaurants in Florence. Apart from an array of hearty pasta sauces and bean soupls you'll find the famous 'Florentine' beef steaks on offer everywhere; huge succulent cuts of meat from the white Chianina breed of cow.
Florentine dishes are best accompanied by a full bodied Tuscan red wine such as Chianti Classico or Brunello di Montalcino.
Festivals & Events
The Scoppio del Carro, or the Festival of the Explosion of the Cart, takes place on Easter Sunday – an ancient festival in which a flower covered cart is pulled around the centre of the city by oxen followed by fireworks and bell ringing.
Maggio Musicale, is a renowned programme of concerts, opera and ballet with renowned international artists. The main festival takes place between May and July but there are many more performances throughout the year.
Calcio Storico, or Florentine football, is not for the faint hearted! Games, which appear to be a mixture of football and wrestling, are staged with much medieval pageantry during the month of June. Throughout June & July there are open-air opera and ballet performances in the Roman amphitheatre at Fiesole, a beautiful
village above Florence with panoramic views of the city.