In a nation filled with amazing cities, Florence shines as one of the jewels in Italy’s crown. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city is also one of the world’s major fashion capitals. Florence is located in northern Italy far to the south of Parma and Bologna, to the east of Pisa and Livorno and north of Siena and Rome, which lies further to the south. The city has it all - fashion, art and great food, not to mention great architecture. And with all these and more, you will be able to explore, shop and sample the cuisine which has made Italy famous all over the world.

Pisa, the city of the leaning tower is pretty close to Florence which is approximately 63 km and a 90-minute train trip away. A journey from Bologna which is 90 km away would take under 40 minutes while visitors arriving from the city of the Coliseum, Rome will be able to arrive in approximately 90 minutes using the fastest trains. If you enjoy cycling, you will love getting around by bicycle especially since the city also has a bike rental scheme. Taxis are also another convenient option for travelling in comfort. Because most places of interest are relatively close to each other, it is also possible to do some exploring on foot. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is filled with museums which tell the tale of one of the most luminous periods in European history. Galleria degli Uffizi is a perfect starting point for exploring this era and is actually the most famous of them all. The Bargello which is home to several masterpieces belonging to the period is also worth a visit too.

As a key center of fashion, Florence is quite simply, a shopping paradise. Some of the best places to visit include Pitti Vintage which sells stylish designer clothing from some of the biggest brands such as Fendi, Gucci and Valentino. If you love jewelry you will thoroughly enjoy visiting the Ponte Vecchio where you will be able to view an awesome selection of gold, diamonds and everything in between. Italian ice cream, otherwise referred to as gelato is known on a global scale and residents of Florence believe their city provides the best in the entire nation. It is a bold claim which is certainly worth verifying and some of the best places to sample the delightful dessert include gelaterias such as Vivoli and Festival Del Gelato.