Florence is one of the most visited Italian cities - and rightly so. Steeped in the history of the Renaissance the Medici family, who once ran Florence, ensured that much of what we appreciate today exists. The Duomo, the Bapistry, the Uffizzi Gallery and its collection, and, perhaps most iconically, the David by Michelangelo all date from Medici rule and control of the city.
Florence straddles the River Arno with the highly photographed Ponte Vecchio being its most famous landmark. In the early evening (when this picture was taken) the light drowns the lightly coloured buildings and causes them to be reflected into the River - which makes it an excellent time and location for a holiday picture.
Florence - Parrocchia S Santa Maria Maggiore - Historical notes on the Parrocchia S Santa Maria Maggiore in Florence, Italy
Italy - 10 places not to miss - 10 places you shouldn't miss in Italy
Florence - Basilica San Lorenzo - Information about the Brunelleschi designed Basilica San Lorenzo in Florence, Italy
San Gimignano - Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta - Historical notes on and about the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta in San Gimignano
Florence - Duomo Cuppola and Campanile - Cathedral Cuppola and Campanile in Florence
Italy - 5 great hotels - Recommended hotels in Rome, Florence, Turin and Milan
Florence Duomo - detail of the exterior - Detail of the exterior of the Florence Duomo
Italy - 5 great restaurants - Recommended places to stay dine in Rome, Florence and Venice
Pisa - Chiesa Santa Maria della Spina - Some brief notes on the Chiesa Santa Maria della Spina on the banks of the River Arno in Pisa
Pisa - Chiesa e Convento di Sant Anna - Chiesa E Convento Di Sant Anna in Pisa on the Tuscan coast
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook