Things we love:

Gelato, gelato, gelato Canal-side drinking, of course Almost a third of the world’s art treasures reside in Florence Tea with Mussolini, A Room with a View, The Stendhal Syndrome and Hannibal were all filmed here

Things we wish we’d known:

Avoid bars right by the Duomo, yes they have a great view but they are overpriced and full of drunk American students If you go in the summer, booking somewhere with a/c is essential Specialities of Florentine cuisine include tripe and slightly more appetizingly, bistecca alla Fiorentina, a mammoth, char-grilled t-bone steak The Ponte Vecchio, now occupied by goldsmiths, was the only bridge spared by Hitler