Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence (Firenze to the locals) dazzles with historic art and architecture melded with modern Italian charm. The Tuscan capital bursts with treasures of the past (Michelangelo, anyone?) but offers so much more than museums. Climb to the top of the Duomo’s bell tower for majestic views or contemplate the Medicis while strolling through Giardino di Boboli, the city’s grandest garden. The unparalleled experience that awaits you is one of luxury and history, combined to create an environment rife with modern comforts and awash in Italy’s romantic history. Catch an opera during your stay; several theaters are a short walk or cab ride away. Touring the rest of the city is equally as effortless, as a five-minute walk will bring you to Florence’s most famous Palazzo, the Piazza della Signoria. Or, take a 15-minute stroll to the famous Catterdrale de Santa Maria del Fiore. The New York Times top-rated Florence restaurant, Il Latini, is a short 14-minute walk up the River Amo from the apartment. If you’d rather find something close to home, head downstairs to La Buchetta Cafe, right in Palazzo Bardi.