No one plans a visit to Tuscany without planning a visit to Florence: the city of the lily is a treasure trove of artistic treasures and the centre of a fervent vitality. Aside from its exceptional heritage of art, bearing witness to its centuries of civilisation, Florence can be enjoyed in so many ways: promenading along the enchanting riverbanks at sunset, entering the bohemian alleys of the Oltrarno, or getting lost in the narrow streets of San Niccolò, where walking by the old city walls will leave you feeling as though you have been magically transported into another era.
Discovering Florence means following in the footsteps of Dante Alighieri and ending up in front of his house. But in this city, in the space of only a few centuries, there also lived Cimabue and Giotto, fathers of Italian painting; Arnolfo and Andrea Pisano, who rewrote the rules of architecture and sculpture; and Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio, who really kicked off the Renaissance. That's before we mention Ghiberti and the Della Robbia family, Filippo Lippi and Beato Angelico, Botticelli and Paolo Uccello, and universally renowned geniuses like Leonardo and Michelangelo.