Perhaps the most famous part of Italy's history is the Renaissance. And no other city in Italy typifies the Renaissance more than Florence (Fiorenza). Some of the most important figures from the Renaissance called Florence home - most notably, Dante (whose likeness adorns the Italian 2 euro coin), Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. For this reason, Florence is known as "The Cradle of the Renaissance". Some of the most famous works of art in history can be found in its Uffizi Gallery - although several were lost by a Mafia-planted bomb explosion in 1993 that seriously damaged the main corridor.

Florence is also the capital of the Tuscany Region, well known for its wine, cuisine, and physical beauty. No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Florence.

Any discussion if Florence has to start with the Duomo (I've got a plethora of Duomo pics on the other page. Click the "More Photos" link at the bottom):

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The Famous Ponte Vecchio in the background

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Standing on the Ponte Vecchio

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We really got lucky on our last trip there. We discovered a bed & breakfast located right next to the Duomo. It's small and quaint and run by a very guy named Franco and his Japanese wife (at least I think it's his wife...). I can't recall her name, but I'll add it as soon as I find their business card. Anyway, the name is B&B Novecento and it's located to the left of the Duomo on Via Ricasoli. Be sure to ask Franco to show you the terrace, it's amazing. I sat up there and sipped Chianti and enjoyed this view:

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Franco also recommended a couple of great restaurants in the area as well. He's a wealth of information on all things Florentine. I will definitely be staying there again next time we go. Here's the website address for the B&B Novecento if you'd like more information: 



(To see more photos from Florence, click HERE)


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