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In addition to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its exuberantly decorated facade and the baptistry with the “Gates of Paradise”, the Uffizi Gallery must be mentioned, with one of the most important collections of paintings in the world. Santa Croce is the last resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante.
On every street, at every corner you find new sights: elegant patrician palaces with inner courtyards, arcades and fountains. Admire the marble Neptune fountain, made in the era when the House of Medici ruled, on the Piazza della Signoria. The dominant buildings are the Palazzo Vecchio [Old Palace] and the Loggia dei Lanzi.
In the city of the Medici family, you can of course do far more than just admire art. Rows of exclusive fashion boutiques adorn the Via de Tornabuoni, and the Ponte Vecchio is not the only place to find beautiful gold and silver jewellery.
The traditional Florentine cuisine also has an excellent reputation, with its local dishes to be found in many good restaurants.
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