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A caffeinated return to Florence

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In an effort to relive his days as a university student in Italy, the Thirsty Explorer finds that the land of espresso is not as familiar as it once was.
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Florence’s Medici Chapel, a triumph of art over politics

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Despite creating the Renaissance masterpiece during a time of upheaval and uprising, Michelangelo managed to complete the sombre mausoleum, unharmed by Medici vengeance.


Florence for foodies

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From market food to Michelin-star restaurants, the northern Italian city is full of delicious eateries for every budget.
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Florence’s fading artisan culture

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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.
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The Oltrarno artisans

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Peek inside the studios and shop windows that line Florence’s Via de Michelozzi to discover one of the city’s best-kept secrets.


Florence’s best-kept secret

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Known by few and accessed by even fewer, the Vasari Corridor echoes with the footsteps of dukes and tyrants, and lays claim to one of Europe’s most exclusive art collections.
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