Florence may be small, but there’s nothing meagre about this city’s influence on art, architecture and culture. The birthplace of the Renaissance, this Italian city is home to some of the world’s most famous art, holding Michelangelo and Botticelli’s works among its most prized. Alongside award-winning galleries, museums and picture-perfect cathedrals, flourishes a rich modern scene. Tuscan eateries, luxe shopping brands, and creative communities prosper in chic Florence, while a young and welcoming population ensures that if you’re looking for a good time in this city, you’ll get one. As much as you may enjoy Florence’s contemporary offerings, buildings like the glorious Piazza del Duomo, the San Spirito, and the city’s narrow cobbled alleys themselves, all speak to the inescapable culture and heritage of this rich region. In true Italian fashion, Florence is a celebration of the melding of old and new, a romantic city full of enchanting tales to unfold on every turn.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.