A mass of contemporary projects are infusing the city with a charming juxtaposition of old and new, and drawing travellers beyond the ancient city walls.
The working-class Oltrarno district is home to artisans who have been crafting elaborate leather, silver, gold and paper products for nobles and other elites for more than 500 years.
Step into streets that evoke a Renaissance painting, with churches filled with jewel-coloured frescoes and lofty views over the Tuscan countryside.
Often overshadowed by the well-known Riviera delle Palme, the less-trafficked Riviera dei Fiori has the same azure waters, alpine views and medieval towns, without any of the crowds.
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