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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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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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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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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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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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View from La Vialla, Tuscany

Eight amazing and brilliant things to do in Italy

Destination: Venice

If you are planning a trip to Italy this year here are a few ideas for marvellous things to do, some of them unusual, some of them not, none of them expensive!

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Barga: Tuscany and the perfect wedding

Destination: Barga

Romance, serenity, culture and beauty are just some of the essential ingredients for that ultimate wedding - and we found them all when we tied the knot in the Tuscan hilltop town of Barga

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Roberto Cavalli, Via Tornabuoni

Shopping in Florence: fashion and shoes

Destination: Florence

This guide takes you through the areas of Florence where you will find the best choice of stores selling clothes, shoes and accessories.

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Mimmo Muratore in his studio

Shopping in Florence: the Artisans

Destination: Florence

The unique side to Florence's shopping scene is its long history of artisan craftsmanship.

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The beautiful 15th-century facade of hotel Villa San Michele

Checking in to Florence’s hottest hotels

Destination: Florence

Heading off to Florence, Italy’s most beautiful city - and staying in a glamorous hotel - makes for an unforgettable girls' weekend

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