Firenze (Florence) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.
During the medieval period, Firenze was a center of European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time.
Firenze is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.
From 1865 to 1871 the city was also the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.
The historic center of Firenze attracts millions of tourists each year, and it is ranked as one of the world's most visited city.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The city contains museums and art galleries (Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace) showing the works of Leonardo da Vinci (Annunciation)
and Michelangelo (statue of David) amongst others.
Firenze is also ranked within the top fifty fashion capitals of the world and has one of the highest average incomes in Italy.
We recommend you stay in Firenze for at list 3 nights. Main sights recommended are:
The Duomo, one of Italy's largest churches. The dome is the largest brick dome ever constructed.