The Renaissance city of Florence, Italy, is one of the most beautiful in that country. Known for its architecture, frescoes, bridges and statues, it is the capital of the Tuscany region and home to masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio.
Choose your favorites from our list to create your own tailored Florence getaway for $150 a day or less.
The Best Things to Do
Home to Michelangelo's "David," the Accademia is chock full of must-see works from the Italian masters. For the first time ever, Lorenzo Bartolini's marble statue "Arnina" is now on view. $21.75 adults
Discover a grand overview of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo, Giuseppi Poggi's love letter to Michelangelo's work. Get a panoramic view of the city from the hillside terrace. $2.35 an hour for parking; free to hike.
Nothing is more romantic than traversing one of Florence's beautiful bridges; the Ponte Vecchio is the oldest in the city. It has been lined with shops since the 13th century. Free
The third-largest church in the world, the Florence Cathedral is an integral part of the Florentine landscape. Climb to the top of the cupola for rewarding vistas of the city. Free
A trip to Florence wouldn't be complete without viewing some fabulous frescoes. A pilgrimage to Santa Maria Novella is a religious experience for art enthusiasts—frescoes date back to the 14th century. $8.82 adults
Florence's most famous native son, Dante Aligheri, was born on the spot Dante's House Museum now stands. Among the many volumes of original work housed in the museum is the smallest edition of "The Divine Comedy" legible to the human eye. $4.70
Where to Eat and Drink
Florence is the birthplace of Italian gelato and myriad shops line the city's streets scooping up traditional and contemporary flavors. Among those that receive praise on the "best-of" lists are Gelateria La Carraia, Carapina, Gelateria dei Neri and Edoardo. Varies by size, but usually starts at $2.35.
Patrons of Trattoria Mario give this down-home restaurant high marks for its bustling atmosphere, high-quality cuisine and low prices. It uses traditional Tuscan recipes and ingredients from the nearby market. Zuppe di fagioli (bean soup), $7.05
Where to Stay
Stay in what was once the palace of a Florentine marquis at Hotel Dalì, located on Via dell'Oriuolo, once home to the workshops of Florentine watchmakers. Each room contains Floretian antiques and modern artwork. A double room with a private bathroom starts at $106 per night.