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Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany and has a population of around half a million inhabitantsSet in the middle of the Italian peninsula it is a lively city with industry, commerce, culture, art and science. It is easily accessible via the main national railway lines and the Florence "Vespucci" airport, where both national and international airlines stop.

The main motorway, A1, connects Florence with Bologna and Milano in the North and Rome and Naples in the South. The motorway A11 to the sea joins it to Prato, Pistoia, Montecatini, Lucca, Pisa and all the resorts on the Tyrrhenian sea. The climate in Florence and around this region is temperate but rather variable, with breezy winters and but glorious hot summers.

The showpiece piazza has to be Piazza Della Signoria with the elaborate Neptune Fountains with daring carved nymphs cavorting in the water. The works of Titian and Michelangelo are housed in the Uffizi Renaissance Gallery and one room is filled with paintings by Botticelli. Going towards the river is one of the most famous bridges in the world Ponte Vecchio. Small shops selling fine jewellery are perilously sitting on the narrow river crossing and are a magnet for those who shop

The student quarter of San Marco lures many people for a glimpse of a famous nude. In the Academy Gallery is the glorious marble statue of David one of Michelangelo’s best known works of art created in 1504. Via Romana is an area for those selling unusual antiques and crafts and ideal for finding something to take home. The provincial image of retail is no longer, now the glitzy stores sell designs by the major fashion houses. The elegant Italian leather goods are very popular with shoes and luggage in chic styles. Restaurants as expected provide high quality food and wine with plenty of Italian charm. Famous for ice cream the variety here is immense and tempting as are the famous Florentine biscuits.

Must See in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio (old palace) is the most important civil building in the city of Florence. The construction and plans were by Arnolfo di Cambio and building begun in 1299.

The Academy Gallery ("Galleria dell'Accademia") is the most famous museum in Florence, because it houses famous sculptures by Michelangelo and these include"David", "The four prisoners" and the "Pieta of Palestina".

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the greatest museums in Italy and contains masterpieces by Italian and foreign artists from the 13th to the 18th century including Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Goya and many others.

Date for your diary

The Festival dei Popoli - This is Florence's film festival with an international category and an Italian category.

The International Handicrafts Fair (Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Artigianato) - This craft show is a must. It takes place in the Spring when you can enjoy Florence at its best. There are many art exhibits and handmade products including clothing and accessories, silverware and jewellery, furniture, beauty and health products and food and wine.