Bring your appetite for art, culture and food! Florence is - luckily - packed to the brim with an abbondanza of authentic restaurants, markets, and flavors. The famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is pictured below. It is the home of the famous Duomo, an architectural marvel created by Filippo Brunelleschi and completed in 1434. Right next to the Cathedral is Giotto's Bell Tower, another stunning landmark.
As a visitor you can purchase tickets to walk to the top of both the Duomo (463 steps) and the Bell Tower (414 steps). There are no elevators, but the views of Florence, the surrounding countryside, and the opportunity to look at the incredible art inside the Duomo up close is well worth the stairs and perspiration.
We did both ascents in one day!