Florence is nothing if not historic. The birthplace of the Renaissance pulls some 10 million visitors each year for its frozen-in-time palaces and legendary attractions, to say nothing of its tourist-friendly Tuscan cuisine and gelato stands. These are the things that also made the city take a hit in recent decades—as the tour groups, buses, and crowds grew, it felt like Florence’s own residents began to disappear. There's a reason, though, that this city has thrived in one way or another sin...
There's never a question of what to do in Florence; rather, it's a question of how much and when. With its varied selection of museums, galleries, boutiques, and storied sites, the Tuscan town has something for everyone, from contemporary art buffs and super foodies to sports fans and serious shoppers. To experience the city to its fullest, you only need to step out into the street. Here, a list of our must-sees to narrow down your itinerary.
Travel journo and social media maven American-Italian Erica is one the longest-serving LUXE lovelies, having steered the Rome guide since its launch. A co-founder of private concierge company Unlocked Rome, you'll find Erica’s indispensable tips n’ tricks in the LUXE Rome guide, while here she shares four of her favourite places in the city she calls home. Follow Erica's city jaunts @ericafirpo.
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There’s something about Monte Carlo that calls for a long weekend at least once in your lifetime. The lure of high speed and high stakes as seen in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief and the James Bond film Goldeneye draws visitors to its craggy coast for a glimpse at lifestyles of the rich and discreetly famous.
But as you’ll see, the tiny principality is the perfect setting for another kind of getaway: the weekend retreat.
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