closeFlorence is a relatively compact historic city situated along the borders of the Arno river in the middle of the Tuscan hills. During the Renaissance period, when the city was at the height of its powers, talented artists such as Brunelleschi and Michelangelo left their mark with magnificent buildings and artwork.
The city boasts a large number of museums and impressive landmarks such as the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio.
Random Florence Highlights
Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence
Members of the wealthy and powerful Medici family were buried here, in the richly decorated chapels of the family's parish church. The basilica also houses the renowned Laurentian Library.
San Miniato al Monte, Florence
San Miniato al Monte is a medieval church located on a hill in Florence. The church was built in the 11th-13th century on top of the grave of the Christian martyr Saint Minias, who was buried here in 250 A.D.
Palazzo Pitti, Florence
This palace was built in the 15th century by Luca Pitti in Oltrarno, a rural area across the river from the center of Florence. In 1549 the Medici family purchased the palace and made it their main residence.
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Florence's city hall was built in the early 14th century as the Palazzo del Popolo (People's Palace). Behind the fortress-like exterior are sumptuously decorated rooms.

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