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Italy's ideal climate, animated people and passion for cuisine make it a perfect destination for independent travellers seeking much more than a one dimensional package holiday.
Choosing where to start a trip of discovery in Italy is difficult with so many must sees but Florence, as the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of Renaissance is a great option. Florence's stunning architecture, rich culture, fascinating history and famous romantic atmosphere make it one of Europe's top city break destinations.
Tuscany is said to be the most beautiful region in Italy and the cultural and historical impact of Florence is overwhelming. The city is like a museum in itself and the historical centre is best seen on foot. The centre is very atmospheric and strolling around the city discovering medieval spires, narrow streets, galleries and spectacular architecture is an amazing experience. The famous Michelangelo "David", the wonderful Duoma and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) are must see sights that you will never forget. Be sure to reward yourself with a delicious flavour of "gelato" or powerful "espresso" in a street side café or just rest your weary feet and take the chance to watch the stylish and graceful Italians strut their stuff.
Hiring a car will let you explore the beautiful Tuscan countryside or Italy's picturesque coastline. A very pleasant drive takes you to the Chianti region which is found between Florence and Sienna. This is a truly beautiful part of Italy and perfect for a vineyard tour where you can sample the famous local wine.
The Tuscan coastline is another area to discover. The beaches are beautiful with clear water at a perfect temperature for swimming. The Tuscan coastline has great character too with its ports, bays, charming villages and ancient rocks. It is an ideal place to relax and unwind after your city experience.
Such a trip is made easy with car hire in Florence being in abundance. You will find that most large car hire companies in Florence. See Florence and Tuscany as it should be seen. There is so much on offer in this magical region that has to be seen to be truly appreciated.