Tuscany has long been a key destination for travelers looking for romance and a taste of authentic Italy, and has taken top honors three times as favorite destination by readers of Travel + Leisure. The charming medieval town of Florence is an ideal springboard for adventures deeper into the Tuscan region, home to wine, olives and simple farm fare.
Florence lies right on the flowing River Arno, and is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, performing the essential function as a centre of medieval finance and trade. Today, the town is a flourishing cultural centre, capitalizing on the ancient architecture and creative arts that fuse past and present.
The best way to truly experience the classical wonders of Florence is by foot. Strap on a backpack and those walking shoes, and set out along the grand halls of the Uffizi museum, rub the nose of the boar at the Fontana del Porcellino, and sip an espresso in the Piazza del Duomo.
As the last remaining Renaissance town, Florence is indeed an international treasure.