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Florence — The center of the Italian Renaissance, the birthplace of modern politics, the source of today's banking – Florence is all of these things and more. No trip to Italy is complete until you’ve explored the streets, palaces, art museums, and gardens of this Northern Italian city, filled with some of Western civilization’s greatest architecture, paintings, and sculpture.

Why Go

For some of the world’s greatest Renaissance art, from Botticelli to Michelangelo, with the feel of an open-air museum.

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Souvenir Shopping: 3 Iconic Things to Bring Home from Italy

December 03, 2013 by Alex Schechter

Italy wasn't created for one-stop shopping – in fact, it's not even that well suited to single-destination trips. Rome? Venice? Florence? How to choose? Well, ... Read More »


8 Ways to Save on Cruise Excursions

July 15, 2013 by Laura Motta

Walking on a glacier in Alaska. Swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean. Joining a lobster bake in Maine. Pondering Michelangelo's statue of David in Florence. ... Read More »


Top 10 Girl Getaways

April 30, 2012 by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

You're all grown up, so it's time to leave the slumber parties behind and take a real vacation with your favorite ladies. Planning a weekend with your sister, a ... Read More »


You Picked Your Favorite Street Food…We Picked The Winners!

March 20, 2012 by Paul Eisenberg

And the winners of Lonely Planet’s The World’s Best Street Food guide are…Sebastiano from Naples, Italy and Preeti from Amsterdam. It was a pleasure to give them ... Read More »


How to Find the Best Hotel Deals in Europe's Most Expensive Cities

October 17, 2011 by Meredith Franco Meyers, EuroCheapo.com

When booking hotels in popular European cities, it’s easy to spend far too many euros. While some destinations (oh how we love thee, Florence!) are famous for ... Read More »


“Love local markets? Snag an apartment rental so you can feast after you forage--and save on meals while you're at it.”

Christine Wei Assistant Editor

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