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15 facts about Florence

Destination: Florence

Odd museums, secret passageways and local delicacies - check out the sides of Florence your guidebook might not tell you about

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Tuscany: a spa too far?

Destination: Tuscany

Tuscany might be better known for its food, wine and summer villas - but it's also home to a unique underground spa experience

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A typically lavish performance of Turandot at the lakeside Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago

Hit a high note on Tuscany’s Puccini trail

Destination: Tuscany

For opera buffs, following in Puccini's footsteps around Tuscany and watching his works performed under the stars in Torre del Lago makes for a blissful break

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A panel from Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’, on the Baptistery, FlorenceA panel from Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’, on the Baptistery, Florence

Tuscany on a budget

Destination: Tuscany

Taking a holiday in Tuscany doesn't have to mean breaking the bank - you can still see the best of it on a sensible family budget

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The Field of Miracles, with the Duomo next to the famous Leaning Tower

There's more to Pisa than a tower that tilts

Destination: Pisa

The famous Leaning Tower may bring the tourists in their thousands, but many miss the wealth of other interesting sights that Pisa has to offer

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The impressive exterior of the Duomo (© Italian State Tourist Board)

Siena: a medieval masterpiece

Destination: Siena

Siena is one of Italy’s most enchanting Tuscan cities, with a medieval centre that's filled with majestic buildings and a grand piazza – the setting for the biannual world-famous Palio

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Christmas lights in Florence

A Tuscan Christmas: winter magic in Florence and Pisa

Destination: Florence

Market stalls piled high with lovely food, trattoria waiters with time to chat and no queues (except at Tiffany's on Christmas Eve, but that's another story); Florence and Pisa are a delight in winter

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Ballet at the Teatro del Maggio

Nightlife in Florence: how to get a bit of culture

Destination: Florence

Opera, ballet, symphonic concerts, theatre, film: if culture's your thing, you’ll find something stimulating in Florence.

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Nightlife in Florence: how to have a good night out

Destination: Florence

It may be small, but Florence has enough going on after dark to keep most visitors on the lookout for night-time entertainment happy: just don’t make comparisons with the club scene back home.

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The River Arno seen from the famous Ponte Vecchio.

Florence: the city that has it all?

Destination: Florence

Florence has a bit of everything: food, culture, art, beauty and nightlife. Read about some classic haunts as well as several hidden gems

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