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Florence

Florence is a city full of history and culture. With striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches, it’s a city that oozes luxurious elegance. Famous for its rich art history, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Established as the cultural capital of Italy in the fifteenth century, Florence flourished with the arrival of the Renaissance. Since then the city’s legacy has lived on, and Florence is still a hotspot for art and culture to this day – the Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s most famous galleries, and is one of the oldest in the western world. Despite its relatively small size, Florence is overflowing with art galleries and magnificent architecture, and around every corner there is a new sight to take your breath away. From the Ponte Vecchio to Michelangelo’s David, and many more in between, Florence has an extensive list of must-see sights within its narrow, winding streets. On top of this, a bustling food scene adds to Florence’s charm, and the Mercato Centrale, the city’s oldest food market, is well worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere, and of course for a bite to eat!

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