Cradle of the Renaissance
The heart and soul of Renaissance art and architecture is found in Florence and surrounded by the natural beauties of the Tuscany region.
During the Middle Ages, it was a financial center of European trade and the birthplace of the Renaissance which then spread throughout Europe. Florence continues to be world-renowned for its famous masterpieces and historic landmarks. Italians have a zest for learning, loving and living which is reflected in their lifestyle especially when it comes to their traditional foods. From Florentine steak to pizza and gelato, they have perfected the art of delicious, Mediterranean cuisine.
Statue of David at the Academy Gallery
This spectacular, nude statue by Michelangelo is on display in the Accademia Gallery, one of the most visited museums in the world. It is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and is considered one ... See more
Climb the Duomo for a 360 Degree Panoramic View of Florence
The best way to get an up close encounter with the inside of the dome and see panoramic views of Florence is to climb the Duomo’s 463 stairs. The steep stairs and the tight corridors were built so wo... See more
Eat Italian Gelato
This country is the birthplace of this popular, frozen dessert. Italians have been enjoying this refreshing treat since the Middle Ages and early variations of gelato being served were discovered du... See more
When you walk past the corner of Palazzo Vecchio, you will see the outline of a man’s face carved into the stone wall. It looks like any talented vandal could have carved it. It turns out, the tale... See more
Galileo Science Museum
In this museum you will see the actual telescope that Galileo invented and used to discover the craters on our moon, sunspots and the moons of Jupiter. It is just one of Galileo’s many inventions and... See more
When Frederick Stibbert was 21 years old, he received a vast inheritance from his grandfather. He spent the rest of his life and wealth transforming the family’s villa into a museum with collections ... See more
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
This small Renaissance garden is perched up just high enough so that when you walk in you will get great views of the city.