We dare you not to fall in love with Florence. The birthplace of the Renaissance is a gold mine of art, culture, and incredible landmarks. Don’t forget the world-class wine and food. Right now, you’re probably feeling something stir inside. Perhaps it’s a desire to share pistachio gelato with your sweetie or a longing for moonlit strolls through cobbled streets. Either way, the object of your fancy (well, besides your betrothed) awaits in the City of Lilies.
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Duomo di Firenze
An important symbol of Florence, the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (aka the Duomo di Firenze) took approximately 140 years to build. Besides marveling at jaw-dropping mosaics, frescoes, and marble cladding, you can climb the 463 stone steps to the top. Couples who finish the trek are rewarded with a unique perspective of Filippo Brunelleschi's imposing cupola and sweeping city vistas.
Speaking of stunning views, it’s difficult to put the panoramas from Piazzale Michelangelo into words. Just east of the city center, the iconic hill is the perfect place to snap photos and soak in all the splendor of Florence.
When it comes to overnight stays, it’s best to reserve a spot in the heart of Florence. With its prestigious perch on the Piazza Repubblica, the Hotel Savoy is beyond reproach in terms of location. But that’s not the only thing that sets this five-star Rocco Forte property apart. Elegant design, impeccable service, and luxurious details turn first-time guests into repeat visitors.
Florence is the epicenter of Renaissance art. Of course, you’ll want to visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to admire Michelangelo's famous David statue. But did you know that a huge portion of the most significant works reside at the Uffizi Gallery? Go to peep life-changing masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli. Pro tip: Be sure to book skip-the-line tickets or spend hours waiting in line.
In the market for a gorgeous addition to your jewelry box—whether it’s a heritage broach, gold necklace, or diamond ring? You’re bound to find it in one of the many sparkling shops along the Ponte Vecchio, the medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Arno River.
If a great cut of meat gets you going, you’ve come to the right place. Florence is flush with eateries specializing in bistecca alla Fiorentina (melt-in-your-mouth chargrilled T-bone). You can’t beat the combination of steak, service, and warm ambiance at La Buchetta. Add a bottle of Chianti to the mix and you’ve got a delicious recipe for romance.