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Capital of the region of Tuscany spreads along the banks of the Arno bustling with arts, crafts, commerce, culture and science. The A11 motorway joins Florence to Prato, Montecatini, Lucca, Pisa and all the resorts on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Chianti region between Florence and Sienna is one of the most beautiful countrysides in Italy. No visit to Florence is complete without a stroll over the oldest bridge in the city the Ponte Vecchio lined with jewellery shops and giving stunning views of the river and the architecture of the city along its banks. Florence founded in the first century BC Donatello and Musaccio founders of the Rennaisance, Baticelli and the universal geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo all lived here. There works are gathered in the city’s many museums.

The Uffizi Gallery - one of the greatest museums in the world intended to house the offices of the famous Medici family but from the beginning the Medici set aside these rooms to house the finest works of art in their collections.

The Accadamy Gallery - houses famous sculptures by Michaelangelo including the ’David and the four prisoners’.

The National Museum - Il Bargello - has its setting in one of the oldest buildings in Florence which began in 1255. Initially the residence of Bangello or ’ head of police spies’ from which it takes its name. What the Uffizi offers in paintings the Bargello offers in sculpture with masterpieces by Brunelleschi, Michaelangelo and Donatello along with priceless ivories, jewels tapestries and weapons.