Art, architecture, food and history lovers alike should all visit Florence at least once in their lives. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and its culture has shaped the modern world today. The city has UNESCO world heritage status, and even though it only has a population of about 700,000, you'll need at least several days to appreciate all this city has to offer.
For one of the best views in the city and a unique experience, make sure to climb the Duomo. A combined ticket lets you climb the massive church's bell tower and dome (the biggest brick dome in the world), however, you'll need to pre-book a time to climb the dome. Be sure to bring you camera as stunning 360° views of the city and Tuscan countryside await. Art-lovers have to make a point of scheduling a visit to the Uffizi to witness famous paintings by Italian artists such as Caravaggio, Da Vinci and Botticelli. A visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia lets you appreciate Michelangelo's David which is a staggering 17 feet tall! For an escape from the city, you don't have to venture far. Boboli Gardens is the perfect place for a stroll, and you'll be walking in the footsteps of the Medici family. You can also visit Pitti Palace, the home of Medici family which is now home to art museums, a treasury and Royal apartments. Foodies should sample some Florentine steak and visit the nearby vineyard to savour some famous Chianti wine. Lastly, make sure to walk along one of the most famous bridges in the world: the Ponte Vecchio and soak in the atmosphere. If you ever do tire of Florence, which probably isn't possible, there is also plenty of Tuscan countryside and villages that are only a short drive away.