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 been known to literally make people dizzy.
And there's more than the proliferation of gorgeous art to entice visitors to linger in Florence. Travelers can wander the charming UNESCO-listed historic center; shoppers can browse the outdoor leather markets and the famous indoor San Lorenzo food market; foodies can attempt to finish an entire bistecca Fiorentina
without assistance; and everyone can dig into one of Florence's most treasured 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.