This Italian gem is a chianti classic. Metro finds the places and spaces to visit.

 

IT’S MY FIRST TIME — WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Although most places are swarming with tourists, some are a must, no matter how long the ticket queue. Gape in awe at the genius that is Brunelleschi’s Cathedral, ‘Duomo,’ and then shuffle your way through the camera-clad crowd to Michelangelo’s ethereal marble statue of the biblical hero ‘David’ and don’t miss the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

 

I’VE BEEN BEFORE — WHAT SHOULD I TRY?
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important centres for Renaissance art with work by Raphael, Michelangelo and Titian. For sweeping views of the Arno Valley and dome-studded city head to the hilltops over at Piazzale Michelangelo.

 

WHERE CAN I SHOP?
Mercato Centrale (Via del Ariento) is paradise for foodies. Wonderful local produce including balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and cheese is magnificently stacked at each stall. If you want to get serious head to Via Turnabuoni for classic Italian labels such as Prada, Pucci and Gucci.


WHAT’S THE NIGHTLIFE LIKE?
Fabio Picchi’s Teatro del Sale is an eclectic combination of theatre, trattoria and member’s clubs is a great place to spend the night. On stage, you might find yourself listening to a poetry reading, musical or piano set.