Originally a Roman city, Florence is the capital of Tuscany, and attracts millions of visitors each year. This attention is well deserved because this city, dubbed The Cradle Of The Renaissance, is one of the most significant cultural, artistic and historic locations in the world. Florence is rich with Renaissance architecture, monuments and art and is steeped in history. The city boasts many museums and art galleries, blessed with some of the world's most significant works. Contained within the remarkably well preserved 14th century walls lies the historic centre of Florence; a UNESCO World Heritage site. To wander these streets is to step back into history. In a central plaza can be found the 16th century Fountain Of Neptune, a true masterpiece in marble. Florence Cathedral, known as The Duomo, dates back to 1296 and is famous for its magnificent lantern crowned dome. The huge 15th century Pitti Palace contains many fine museums, including those devoted to costumes, porcelain, modern art and silver. Behind the palace are the Boboli Gardens, a stunningly designed oasis of lush verdure and Florence's largest green area. The world famous old bridge, the 14th century Ponte Vecchio, still has shops built along its edge as once was common.
The city offers much by way of apartment accommodation in many fine hotels. The Borghese Palace Art Hotel offers a free wellness centre. Your apartment here in this 15th century building will bring together antique furniture and contemporary décor. A stay at the Hotel Villa Gabrielle will provide you with apartment accommodation just ten minutes from the historical centre. The Hotel Regency is situated in a quiet residential area. An apartment room at the Grand Hotel Cavour will enable you to enjoy the superb view of Florence Cathedral from the rooftop terrace. Or how about accommodation in the Atlantic Palace, housed in a restored 14th century monastery?
While in Florence you should not miss the opportunity to indulge in a little wine tasting of the superb Tuscan vintages on offer. A guided tour of the world famous Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's oldest and most important art museums, is also recommended. Don't forget to make the climb up to the church of San Miniato to enjoy an unparalleled view over Florence.