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Flying To Florence With American Airlines

Plan a visit to the cradle of the Renaissance with American Airlines flights to Florence. This amazingly beautiful city is full of history, culture and breathtaking vistas -- not to mention heavenly food and wine. Our suggestions for things to do in Florence will help you discover it all.

Things to Do in Florence

One of the best activities in Florence will give you a wonderful feel for the city from a local expert, and that's the Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour activity. Traveling by foot will let you have an up-close appreciation for the many details that make this city spectacularly beautiful. You'll want to make time to go back and explore several things at your leisure after the tour, such as Galleria dell'Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea.

You'll also want to spend time at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (often referred to simply at the Duomo). It's one of the top things to do in Florence and it's something you will not want to miss. Begun in 1296, it features a majestic dome that has become the city's symbol. The façade seems to sparkle in the warm Tuscan sun. Be sure to circle completely around the structure, because you'll find something fascinating around the entire building. The interior is also simply amazing in both its construction and elegant decor, and the cathedral holds many priceless works of art.

Add a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to your list of can't-miss activities in Florence. This historical bridge is just a short distance from the Palazzo Pitti, or Pitti Palace, which you'll want to spend time exploring. The residence of the Medici family, the Palace is home to a jaw-dropping art collection. You'll find works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Correggio, Rubens -- the list of masters goes on and on. There are also treasures in silver and porcelain not to be missed. One of the least-known yet most enthralling things to do in Florence can also be found right here at the Pitti Palace, and that's an opportunity to discover pietra dura. The Medici family cultivated this art form, in which bits of precious and semi-precious stones are fit together so seamlessly that the finished work appears to be an oil painting.

Since you'll be in the heart of Italy's Tuscan region, you'd be remiss not to indulge in the region's wineries and produce. The Florence Cheese and Wine Tasting activity will give you the chance to savor brilliantly paired local wines and cheeses.

For a trip you will always remember, fly to Florence. There's nowhere else like it in the world, and American Airlines can help you plan the perfect getaway.

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