Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, has phenomenal architecture and is viewed as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. When you’re in Florence, I highly recommend visiting Brunelleschi’s Dome. While more than 500 years old, it is still in amazingly good condition.
The Duomo, an Italian cathedral, contains gorgeous artwork on its ceilings. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb the 463 steps to the top of the dome. Your legs will most likely be aching when you’re done but the spectacular view of Florence is priceless.
Also, if given the opportunity, you should go to the Ponte Vecchio, otherwise known as the Old Bridge because it is more than 600 years old. The bridge has a beautiful view of the Arno River and is filled with shops and restaurants to satisfy the desires of every tourist or Italian.
Art, statues, history — it’s all here in Florence, and where better to start your exploration than the town hall, also known as the Palazzo della Signoria due to its proximity to the Piazza della Signoria. Palazzo Vecchio is a striking palace where art and history combine magnificently with Roman ruins, a medieval fortress, and Renaissance chambers and paintings. It’s also an archaeological site as it sits on top of the ancient theater of the Roman colony of Florentia, dating back to the A.D. 1st century.