Florence, located in the central part of Italy is absolutely gorgeous and very picturesque. It is a very famous city to visit for its architecture, food, sights, and artwork. In fact one of the most famous statues of all time, "The David" is located at the museum in Florence.
When I went to Florence with my family, it was my first time in Italy. We had just visited Venice, so it was a little different as Florence is located a bit to the South and it is surrounded by countryside. If you've been to France it's a bit like Provence. Florence has a brother city I visited too, and that is called Sienna. When I was in Florence I had a street artist paint a portrait of myself and I went to a hair salon and had a very fashionable men's haircut because the european style are a bit different than in America.
Our hotel in Florence was hardly like anything we have in America. It was real old world charm and quite luxurious, but of course the ameneties are held to a much different standard than they are in america. Everything is much older and out of date in Florence. There are no mega-hotels with blocks of like-shaped rooms. Everything was very quaint an unique.
The restaurants were highly enjoyable and when I went to Florence, meals would take up to three hours - and that was just the pace of the restaurant! Everyone seems to take their time about everything. Also, many of the the restaurants served meals in prix fixed menus, and I recommend this because you get to taste a little bit of everything. And the food is just so delicious!
They also have a gigantic cathedral named "The Duomo" after its large dome. Tourists are able to climb all the way to the top and are rewarded with a birds eye view of the city and surrounding countryside. The only problem is that the stairways are very narrow and people have to go up single file a turning tower. It can take hours, and can feel very claustrophobic and scary. When I was there some people had a panic attack and had to go down the stairs while everyone was trying to go up them. It was a huge mess!
Needless to say, Florence is an amazing place to visit and I certainly recommend going.