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There is much to see and do in Italy. It can be hard to choose what to prioritise, especially as there are more UNESCO world heritage sites in here than in any other country in the world.

So, to help you plan your Italian holidays, here is the Avventure Bellissime guide to why you should visit Florence and include it on your Italian vacation itinerary:

First and foremost - it is a beautiful city with stunning views

Florence is simply stunning! Whether you are in the middle of the city looking at a view down the River Arno, or whether you are stood up above Florence on the Piazzale Michelangelo looking over the cityscape, the views are stunning and it’ll take your breath away – morning, noon and night. Visiting Florence is worth it just for the views! But there is more, much more...!

The food is fantastic

It’s hardly a surprise that the food in Florence is so good considering Italy itself is famous for it’s food. However, here in Florence, it is particularly special. It benefits from being in close to the Tuscan countryside, meaning the produce is as fresh as can be. You will certainly eat well in Florence! During your trip, you might even want to tour the famous Florence food markets, taste the produce and learn how they are used in Tuscan cooking – letting you re-create the Florence culinary magic at home.

Tuscan wine

The wine!! Tuscan wines are world famous and in Florence, the Tuscan vineyards are right on your doorstep. The choice of wine is fantastic and you can even travel out to a vineyard whilst there to see where this glorious wine is made.

The art

Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance and boasts a fascinating culture of art and it’s history. If you visit Florence, you will be surrounded by important works of art, such as the world famous Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery. There’s also the lesser-known Bargello sculpture museum, situated inside a fortress. These are amongst the most popular places to visit in Florence, so it’s always advisable to book your visit to these galleries in advance – as they are so popular throughout the year. A licensed tour guide like Avventure Bellissime can do this for you – and we can also tell you the wonderful stories that accompany Florence’s artistic masterpieces.

The Duomo

While we are on the subject of art, the inside of the Duomo holds very little art apart from the floor and the frescoes on the inside of the dome. However, the outside is an entirely different story! The Duomo dominates the cityscape of Florence, and close up, it is an even more memorable site – with its multi coloured marble walls and golden doors. You’ll also be able to see much of the art that adorned the inside in the Duomo museum. You can find out more about the Duomo here.

Florence’s green spaces

Escape the hustle of the city and be bowled over by Florence’s green space – like the Giardino delle Rose, which you will find near Piazzale Michelangelo. It is packed with 350 types of roses, lemon groves, and a beautiful view of this stunning city.

The towns that surround Florence

Travel out of Florence and take a tour of the towns that surround it in the Tuscan countryside. There’s Siena, San Gimignano and other celebrated and beautiful hill towns. You can book a tour, with Avventure Bellissime and enjoy a lovely Tuscan day trip.

Shopping with a conscience

In Florence you can also indulge in a little shopping. There are a number of small artisans working in and around the city. Why not pop along and support their craft – and pick up some beautiful leather pieces or jewellery.

Florence is packed with reasons to visit and we’d be delighted to help you explore it. Avventure Bellisime can help take you to the places above and much more:

- Take advantage of our skip the line tickets on our Small Group Renaissance and David Walk Tour.

- Join us on a Private Florence in One Day Tour.

- Take in the must see sights of the Uffizi gallery with our expert guide on our Private Uffizi Walk Tour.Check out the full range of our Florence tours here

Check out the full range of our Florence tours here at tours-italy.com/florence-tours

Alternatively, we’d be delighted to help you organise your next Italian holiday in 2017! We have some early bird booking offers for:

- Our Rome to Venice, essence of Italy tour, or

- Our 10 day Amalfi, Rome, Florence and Venice tour or

- Our 12 day Magic of Italy package.

Our guests love our tours! You can see what they have to say on our Facebook page at facebook.com/AvventureBellissimeToursItaly or else you can read about us on Trip Advisor too.

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