The home of the Medici family

Florence is a beautiful city full of amazing architecture, statues and fountains. Walking through the city is a delight with narrow cobbled streets flanked by medieval architecture.

The Duomo (cathedral) dominates the city, it’s ornate intricate facade of pink, white and green marble is a delight.

You can climb the Duomo’s dome to get fantastic views of the city. The campanile is a free-standing bell tower situated next to the Duomo. Climbing the Duomo or the bell tower is not for the faint-hearted. The Duomo has 463 steps and the bell tower has 414 steps. We climbed both on the same day, and in 30 degrees heat, it was hard to do. The staircases are quite narrow with little ventilation and in some places difficult to climb.

The Uffizi Gallery is very busy and smaller than I expected. There are some great works of art including Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.

The Pitti Palace which is on the other side of the river is now a museum and it has some very interesting works of art.

Our favourite museum to visit was the Galileo Museum which is next to the Uffizi along the river bank. It’s not a large museum but it is crammed with interesting artefacts.

The Basilica of Santa Croce was interesting to walk around and it’s also got a nice piazza at the front of it where you can take have lunch or an ice cream..