Our destination today is the magnificent city of Florence, the birthplace of
the Italian Renaissance with an enormous wealth of historical sites, museums,
galleries, churches and architectural delights. Most of the great artists,
thinkers and builders from Renaissance history passed through or lived in
Florence when it was under the rule of the Medici family, the most famous
patrons of the 16th century. But Florence is not just a Renaissance
showpiece: once you have had your fill of the historical trail there are many
other things to see and do. The city has not ceased to be a centre of
learning, and there is a university, many art and language schools and a
large student population to liven up the café-bars, restaurants and
nightclubs. There are also some great markets and chic boutiques. From April
to July, Florence also holds one of Europe's major cultural events, a
festival of opera and classical music called the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
If you would like to visit the Uffizi galleries we recommend that youprebook
your ticket online to avoid lengthy queues. Tickets can be purchased
Please ensure that your allocated time slot is between 11.45 and 16.00.