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Florence is one the world's great cities, filled with unparalleled cultural wonders from many of the great Italian artists. Florence is also one of the premier gastronomic destinations in Italy, thanks to the fresh produce, meat, and wine brought in from the Tuscan countryside. Florence has thousands of visitors each year and there are many hotels rooms throughout the city, but it can be almost impossible to get a room without a reservation. Venere, a premier website for booking hotels, makes it easy to find Florence hotels even if travelers are planning a last-minute trip to the city. Simply visit Venere, enter the destination, travel dates, and number of rooms into Venere's customized search engine, and then browse through hundreds of Florence hotels. On-the-go travelers can download Venere's free smartphone app, which makes finding the perfect hotel room easier than ever. Venere offers many mobile exclusive deals, including a 50 percent discount on selected rooms. App users can also keep reservations on their phone, so there's no more awkward fumbling for papers at the front desk. So visit Venere today to book the perfect hotel room and then brush up on art history for a vacation in Florence.

What's Florence Like

Florence was first settled in Roman times, but the city became a cultural center in the 14th century when the powerful Medici banking family poured their considerable profits into patronizing the arts. The Medici certainly had excellent taste: Sandro Botticelli's Primavera and Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch are among many Medici-funded masterpieces that remain in the Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence is a very walkable city with most of the primary tourist attractions easily reachable on foot, especially if travelers have a hotel near the city center. A good place to start a walking tour is the Galleria dell'Accademia, which house Michelangelo's monumental David, perhaps the world's most famous sculpture. Next, travelers can head south towards the Piazza San Lorenzo where they can view the elaborate frescoes in the former convent of San Marco. The symbol of Florence is the magnificent dome on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore better known as the Duomo. Athletic travelers might want to climb the 463 steps to the top of the dome for spectacular views of Florence and the surrounding countryside. Others may want to visit the nearby Baptistery, which features elaborately carved bronze doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti. An excellent way to finish the day is to cross the River Arno via the Ponte Vecchio and climb to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a beautiful panorama of Florence.

Getting Along with the Locals in Florence

Florence is not a well-known culinary center, but Florentines are justly proud of their fresh, wholesome cuisine. The signature dish of Florence is the bistecca alla fiorentina, a large slab of meat similar to a T-bone steak that is lightly seared on each side. Diners looking for more affordable fare might want to try the tripe sandwich, which is a local delicacy sold on many street corners. Properly cooked tripe is a real treat, and the sandwich, which comes with a special sauce, is a hardy lunch for many Florentine workers. Both meals and hotels can be expensive in Florence, but travelers can save up their euros for a juicy bistecca by booking a hotel with Venere, which offers many affordable rooms. Venere's website also has photographs of each of the Florence hotels so travelers can see the rooms before they arrive for their vacation.