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Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and stepping onto its historic cobbles, it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet, and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches, and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine, particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.

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Santa Maria Novella

The church of Santa Maria Novella is located just a few metres from the railway station, which shares its name, so it is easy to find. Chronologically, it is the first great basilica of the city. It was built between 1279 and 1357 by the Dominican order. Architecturally, it is one of the most important Gothic edifices in Tuscany. Inside the building, you will find masterpieces by Masaccio, Giotto, and Brunelleschi.

Palazzo Pitti

The Pitti Palace houses different types of museums and temporary exhibits. The basis of the current palace dates back to 1458 when it was the residence of the powerful bank man Luca Pitti. It was then bought by the Medici family one century later and employed as the official residence of the ruling family of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In connection with Palazzo Pitti, you will find the Boboli Gardens, which are among the most beautiful and ancient royal gardens in Italy.

Museo Galileo

Museo Galileo features exhibitions that include all kinds of inventions from history, with informative videos showing how they work. Since Galileo Galilei was one of the world's most celebrated scientists and inventors, this museum is a tribute to him and to the work he accomplished in Florence.

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Discover Florence's most famous landmarks on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city's top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and much more.

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