Although I’ve had the good fortune to visit Florence a few times, I always leave with the regret of not spending longer. The city is captivating, steeped in history and overflowing with a wealth of art. First-time visitors should make a list: The Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, David’s home in the Galleria dell'Academia, the Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, Santa Croce - the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, the Baptistery and its amazing gilded doors and of course, the Ponte Vecchio, dating back to the Roman Empire, the only bridge in Florence spared by the Germans in World War II.
I have to return to Florence – I forgot to do a private tour of the Vasari Corridor, the Medici’s secret walkway through the city. Also, the Ferragamo Family is opening the new 34-room “Portrait Firenze” in May 2014 and it looks fabulous. I’m longing to take a cooking class with a notable Florentine Chef, visit an artisan cheese maker’s workshop, tour a local olive oil mill and do some shopping. I think my children would really enjoy the Galleria Michelangelo and the Interactive Exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines and maybe I’ll sign them up for a pizza-making class…sì sì!