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Things to do in florence

Capital of Tuscany, and the cradle of Renaissance art and architecture, this gorgeous city by the Arno wears many moods through the day. Everything about this romantic, vibrant city has art rooted in its core. On a sightseeing tour of Florence, there is no way you’re going to miss Brunelleschi’s terracotta-tiled Duomo cathedral for its sheer scale and beauty. This fashionable little Italian city is home to the most fascinating sculpture ever beheld by man, Michelangelo’s David. Among activities to do in Florence, a trip to Galleria dell’Accademia for this Michelangelo masterpiece is warranted. An art lover has a lot to discover at the Uffizi Gallery which houses among other masterpieces Da Vinci’s Annunciation and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.

There are several facets to this quaint little riverside city, the foremost being its status as the global hub for fashion. The finest Italian designers come from Florence - born and bred here. Stroll down the streets of Via de’Tornabuoni, home to some of the sleekest fashion labels. Roberto Cavalli comes from Florence, and so does Guccio Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo among many other fashion A-listers, and they introduced the city to haute couture way back in the 20s. Those looking for a spot of shopping, a walk on this street can be a fun activity in Florence. You might even run into a certain fashion designer. Among things to buy you get some wonderful gold and silver jewelry with intricate detailing, fashionable shoes and belts, and a world of ‘Fiorentina’ bric-a-brac.

But of the many interesting things to do in Florence, you will fall in the love with the bridges on the Arno - they offer a unique perspective at different times of the day. A great spot to watch the local life, see the colors of the sky reflected in its waters, contemplate, and generally soak up the celebratory atmosphere of this artistic city. The narrow, picturesque by-lanes are home to a wealth of pretty cafes and bistros, where you can sit back, order your coffee and lasagne, and watch the world go by.