The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is home to extraordinary art, architectural masterpieces, storied fashion houses, and a long-standing culinary tradition bursting with pride. Handsome yet historic, the city is small in size but big in character, and welcomes you to explore its narrow cobbled streets and experience ‘la dolce vita’. Located on the banks of the Arno river in northeastern Tuscany, much of Florence hasn't changed in 700 years. Elegant 15th-century palaces sit alongside fresco-decorated churches and marble basilicas. Equally alluring eye-candy can also be found within the walls of Florence's internationally vaunted art museums, from Michelangelo’s David to canvases by Botticelli. But it's the Florentine lifestyle that keeps many a traveller coming back for more. Shop for jewellery made by fourth-generation goldsmiths along the Ponte Vecchio, stroll through the art-laden corridors of the Uffizi Gallery, wander the landscaped grounds of Boboli Gardens, sample traditional cuisine in the restaurants that line the piazzas, or simply amble along the River Arno before indulging in an aperitivo at dusk.