You may know that Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, but it's not until you're standing in a room surrounded by Botticelli masterpieces, or in awe of Michelangelo's flawlessly-sculpted David, or under the perfection of Brunelleschi's Duomo that you can truly appreciate what that means. Florence is so steeped in art and culture that the city itself serves as a living museum - one so beautiful it's literally been known to make people dizzy.
There's more than a proliferation of gorgeous art to entice visitors to linger in Florence, too. The entire historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, shoppers can browse the outdoor leather markets or famous indoor food market at San Lorenzo, foodies can attempt to finish an entire (enormous) "bistecca Fiorentina" without assistance, and everyone can dig into one of Florence's cheapest and best treats - gelato - at least a couple of times a day. No matter what draws you to the Tuscan capitol, Florence is a city to be savored.