Florence Cathedral's impressive dome dominates the skyline of the city. Built between 1420 and 1436 by Brunelleschi, with its 45.5 metres diameter and a total height of more than 116 metres, the dome is the largest masonry vault in the world and is well worth a visit. Take a look inside at the beautiful stained-glass windows and climb the 463 steps to the top to admire the panoramic views over the city.
For another spectacular view over the Renaissance city, head to the top of Giotto's bell tower. Clad in white, red and green marble like the Cathedral adjacent to it, the majestic tower overlooks the urban skyline and surrounding hills. The tower houses twelve bells and is considered the most beautiful in Italy.
For a touch of tranquillity, visit the Boboli Gardens situated just moments away from the city centre. Extended from the hill behind the Pitti Palace as far as Porta Romana, it has become one of the largest and most elegant Italian style gardens. Wander the tree-lined alleyways, statued passages and dramatic lagoons as you explore Florence's greatest outdoor museum.
One of the world's most prominent art museums, the Uffizi Gallery houses some of the important works of the Renaissance. With over 1,800 pieces of artwork spread out between 45 halls and two floors, there is plenty to see if you are an art lover. From Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo, you will be spoilt for choice.
The many dishes of Florence tell the history of the region through food. For instance, the Panino al Lampredotto was once the dish of the working class Tuscans, and is now an emblem of Italian comfort food.
For meat-lovers, Bistecca all Fiorentina (Florentine Steak) can be found on menus all over the city. Although a simple recipe, seasoned with just salt and pepper, this Porterhouse steak is incredibly flavourful and is perfectly paired with a local glass of Chianti wine.
If you have a sweet-tooth, the dome shaped dessert called Zuccotto is said to be inspired by Brunelleschi's architectural masterpiece. Sponge cake soaked in alchermes, filled with whipped cream and decorated with seasonal berries or chocolate - delicious!
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