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Florence (pop. 417 000) is the one city few visitors allow enough time to see. It lays in Tuscany a stunning province of hills and mountains, which has produced such famous sons as Leonardo, Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo. Ever since the 19th century revival of interest in the art of the Renaissance, Firenze has been a shrine to the cult of the beautiful.
The world famous Duomo with the Brunelleschi cupola and the marble clad baptistry are simply stupendous, but not all the monuments are like this. The streets of the historic town centre are often narrow and dark, the palaces robust and intimidating. But have a look at the squares - wonderful mediterranean places where you like to spend hours with sittung down, having a caffe and just watch people passing by.
However, Florence is a city of incomparable pleasure concerning churches, monasteries, museums, galleries and palaces. Among the things you can't afford to miss are the Uffizi Galleries, one of the best art museums in the world, the cathedral with the baptistry, the Santo Spirito church and the Ponte Vecchio. To get a great overview of the city, head for Piazza Michelangelo in Oltrarno (other side of river Arno).
The surroundings of Florence have many things to offer to the visitor as well as does the whole Florence Province. You can explore this region for weeks without being bored. For these day trips the city of Florence is the perfect starting point.
With Courtesy of APT Firenze