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Florence has long been celebrated as the most beautiful city in Italy. In 1982, the historic center – within the bounds of its medieval city walls – was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its cultural heritage and holdings.

Florence is the world-class treasure trove of Renaissance art. Brunelleschi's stupendous cathedral dome dominates the cityscape – and that’s just a start.

Examples of Renaissance harmony and rational design abound, from the vast picture collection of the Uffizi to the Academy of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David and other masterpieces stand, just a short walk away.

This fountainhead of the Renaissance is also a shopper's paradise – another great reason to visit.

The classic Italian sense of luxury, style and craftsmanship is evident in countless shops, boutiques and even outdoor markets. Clothes, shoes, leather goods, ceramics, stationery, wine, decorative goods – you can find it all here.