Florence, Italy

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy." - Giuseppe Verdi

The Everest of artistic endeavour, the capital of the Renaissance, the place where human genius comes to life and remains forever. This is Florence – the stunning city soaked in ochre and earth tones. The city of Galileo Galilei, the residence of the powerful Medici family, the home of Michelangelo’s David, a place where art and history blend to create the perfect balance.

Stroll down the cobbled-stone streets and discover historic aristocratic residences and jaw-dropping architecture. Sit on the banks of the Arno River and overlook the iconic Ponte Vecchio with its small jewellery stalls. Admire the magical sunset and indulge in “la bella vita”, the good life.

After visiting the stunning Pitti Palace and the lushes Boboli gardens, visit the characteristic Oltrano district for a Florentine-style happy hour. Walk along the Arno River and discover the hidden trattorias that tell ancient stories through their traditional recipes. Go on a shopping spree in Florence’s high-fashion shopping destination – Via dei Tornabuoni – before heading to one of the city’s historic piazzas. And don’t forget to immerse yourself in Florence’s nearby Chianti wine region, where wine tasting and picturesque views are all part of living under the Tuscan sun.

But there’s more to Florence than meets the eye. This city is full of secrets and inspiration. If you’re a foodie, you’ve hit the nail in the head: whether it’s an informal dining experience in one of Florence’s most-loved trattorias, a romantic candle-lit dinner in one of the Michelin-starred restaurants or a fun night with your friends in a trendy wine bar, Florence delivers.

For the creative types, the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and Brunelleschi’s dome are must go-tos, while for the curious ones, the Museo Galileo awaits you. And if you still don’t know your passion, give Florence a chance, as it will definitely change your mind and heart. Enjoy!

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