The world-famous capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance attracts millions of visitors each year.
Among the top sights are the Duomo cathedral (you can climb up the steps to the dome and to the bell tower!) and Palazzo Vecchio (where kids can visit the secret passages; take a guided tour by Giorgio Vasari, the court architect and painter, and a lot more ...), the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue, and of course, the city’s fantastic museum such as Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi gallery with Botticelli’s Venus.
You can also visit the Ximeniano observatory which has been observing both the sky and the earth for 250 years and displays some of the apparatus that have been used for astronomical observation and the recording of seismic activity (earthquakes). Or you take a stroll across the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge spanning over the Arno river or through the Boboli Gardens. And in Coverciano there’s a football museum! Oh, don’t forget to try the sweet Bomboloni (Italian doughnut) and the Tuscan flatbread Schiacciatina!
Stensen Cultural Foundation
Opened in 1964, the Stensen Cultural Foundation is inspired by the research and methodology of Niels Stensen, a Danish physician and geologist (1638 -1686). Run by Jesuits, a group of young people manages the structure together with a bunch of more experienced people. The aim is promoting intercultural dialogue, information, education and art, through conferences, films and books.