IntroductionAs one of the most prominent art centers of the world and the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, no other city appreciates beauty as Florence does. Founded by Julius Caesar its artistic treasures are no secret (approximately one third of the world’s most important artworks are in this city) and as a consequence it continues to attract tourists by the million. If at all possible plan your visit outside of high season when the crowds will be thinner and the temperatures more bearable!
Situated in the Tuscany region in northwest Italy, Florence is surrounded by the Chianti hills whilst the Arno River runs through the city. Although only about two and a half hours from Rome it is a city like no other in Italy. Initially you may be somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer scale and wealth of the art found here. The best thing to do is to accept that you won’t be able to see it all, and instead to try and appreciate and enjoy the sights you choose to visit by taking your time. Relax, sit down for a café at the Piazza della Signora, enjoy the view of Michelangelo’s David (albeit a copy!) and watch the people go by.