Explore Rome's treasures
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
Beautiful Florence is brimming with culture. This elegant city is full of Renaissance treasures, glorious galleries and beautiful gardens waiting to be explored.
Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus, Filippino Lippi’s Madonna, works by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to name a few, are some of the treasures you’ll find at the Galleria Degli Uffizi. It is one of the most visited museums in Italy and can get pretty busy at times. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to discover some of the world’s finest collections of Renaissance art.
Tip: Spend more time in the museum and less outside queuing and book your tickets in advance.
The main shopping area in Florence runs from the Duomo to Piazza della Signoria where you’ll find all your usual Italian high street shops. Try the San Lorenzo Market to bag yourself some bargains, particularly leather goods. Or, if you’re up for venturing a little further out of town, head to The Mall and you could pick up some discounted designer treats from Prada, Gucci, Armani and more. There couldn’t be a more beautiful setting to hit the shops than in Florence…but if solid shopping is proving all too much – weave in and out of the historical monuments and museums as you go to get your culture fix too.
One place not to miss is the Galleria dell Accademia - most famous for the sculptures of Michelangelo, especially his 'David', which is simply breathtaking and the unfinished but equally impressive ‘Slaves’. Prepare to be amazed. The gallery also houses late gothic and Renaissance paintings as well as a fine collection of musical instruments from the Conservatory of Luigi Cherubini. For a breath of fresh air, and a well-deserved refreshment, make your way up to the roof-top café and revitalise with wonderful views over Piazza della Signoria.
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