Florence (in Italian called Firenze) is the capital of the province of the same name and of the region of Tuscany. The city is one of the most famous cultural cities in Europe. It is the cradle of the Renaissance. Many famous artists, scientists, writers and other historical people have lived here or were born here. Examples include Leonardo De Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei. Today, Florence is the city you should visit when you are in Tuscany. The city is bursting with beautiful squares, streets, bridges and palaces. Florence and its most famous sights, the Cathedral of Florence, The Uffizi, Who has not visited the world-famous museum Uffizi, has not seen the city of Florence. The Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge from 1345, the Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria dell 'Accademia and Palazzo Pitti a beautiful palace of the famous Medici family with behind it the beautiful Boboli gardens, Piazza della Signoria with its famous sculpture gallery and the "David", Santa Croce, one of the most important churches in Florence. In short too many to mention and good reasons to return to this regularly.
The book "Inferno" by the American author Dan Brown has ensured that the tourism in Florence has received an extra boost. In response to the book and the motion picture film released in 2016, which takes place largely in Florence, tourists go in search of the historical places and buildings described in the book.
Important other places in Florence are Empoli, Pontassieve, Fiesole, Greve in Chianti and Signa. The village of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, is also located in the province of Florence.
To the north of Florence lies the tourist area Mugello that includes the fascinating cities of Fiesole, Marradi, Scarperia and Barberino di Mugello. There is so much to do and see here, including a visit to the exciting Mugello race track.
Florentine cuisine leans more strongly on the tradition of eating in the countryside than on higher cooking. As in the other parts of Tuscany, the importance of using honest, low-quality, high-quality ingredients is of great importance. Many dishes are based on meat. Traditionally, the entire animal is eaten: various types of tripe (trippa and lampredotto) are on the menu and they are also sold at street stalls.
Typical antipasti are the crostini tuscany, lightly roasted round slices of bread with a pie based on chicken liver, and sliced raw ham (prosciutto) and sausage (salame). The prosciutto is often eaten with melon in the summer months.
The typical salt-free Tuscan bread is widely used in Florentine cuisine, especially in its famous soups: ribollita and pappa al pomodoro and in a salad of bread and fresh vegetables (panzanella) that is often served in the summer.
The most famous meat dish is the bistecca alla fiorentina,
a kind of T-bone steak from the Chianinarund roasted on charcoal fire. Almost all savory dishes are generously sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil