Timeless masterpieces and classic architecture
While its magnificent domes and stately palaces feel like a living museum, Florence is the perfect place for a city break. It has been transformed into a truly 21st-century city, without sacrificing any of its beauty and charm. Piazzas have been sympathetically revitalised, while contemporary art galleries have sprung up to join the venerable Uffizi, a jewel in the city's crown and a highlight of holidays in Florence.
History pours from every tiny alleyway, arching doorway and soaring bell tower here. One of its highlights is the Duomo. Climb the 463 steps to the roof of the iconic building and take in the superb views from the top. At dusk, the building’s pink, green and white marble facade reflects the dying light. This transforms the cityscape and makes for an unforgettable experience.
Florence was once the home of Brunelleschi, Bernini and Michelangelo, and art has left a lasting impression on the city's streets. To really appreciate the city’s artistic past, take a look inside the Museo to see Michelangelo's unfinished Florence Pieta, before visiting the Galleria dell'Accademia to marvel at David in all his glory. If you have a sweet tooth, Dolci & Dolcezze is a must. The city's best pasticceria has cases filled with tiny, wrapped chocolates and pastry tarts. They’re perfect with a breakfast cappuccino.