Florence

From world-leading art galleries such as the Uffizi to some of Italy’s finest food, Florence is an unbeatable destination.

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Birthplace of the Renaissance, one-time home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, and an Aladdin’s cave of artistic masterpieces, Florence is a cultural powerhouse. From world-leading art galleries such as the Uffizi to timeless masterpieces including Michelangelo’s David, via some of Italy’s finest food, Florence is an unbeatable destination.

Festivals and events

In a city with such a long and rich history, it’s no surprise that it there’s a busy festival calendar to match, with something to satisfy history buffs, foodies and everyone in between.

Scoppio del Carro

One of the oldest events on the Florentine calendar, the ‘Explosion of the Cart’ takes place on Easter Sunday. Fireworks are loaded onto a 500-year-old cart, which is dragged by white oxen to the doors of the Duomo and set alight to spectacular effect. How the cart has survived half a millennium of this is anyone’s guess.

Gelato Festival

The ongoing popularity of this five-day celebration of ice cream is no mystery. Held in late April, the festival sees gelato trucks and stalls fill the streets of the city’s historic centre, bringing together Florence’s finest producers.

Maggio Musicale

While not quite as long-running as the Scoppio del Carro, this has been one of Europe’s leading classical arts festivals since 1933. There’s a strong emphasis on opera, but you won’t only hear the classics: founder Vittorio Gui had a mission to expose lesser-known work to a wider audience, and that spirit is upheld today.