Five things to see and do in Firenze (Florence), Italy

Firenze is the cradle of the Renaissance, the humanist movement pushed back the dark veil of the middle ages and advanced society and science in an explosion of discovery. My five favourite Firenze sights and activities:

1. Michelangelo‘s David, simply the most magnificent sculpture I have ever seen but book ahead to avoid long lines at the Accademia Gallery.

2. Take your lover to the Ponte Vecchio and place a lock on the ironwork and then throw the key into the Arno River to seal your love.

3. Michelangelo‘s The Deposition, is believed to contain a self-portrait of the aging Master as Nicodemus. Michelangelo smashed it after fault in the marble caused a leg to break off. A servant sold the pieces and the buyer reconstructed this unfinished masterpiece.

4. Shop for an Italian leather jacket at the San Lorenzo Market or a exquisite gold necklace on the Ponte Vecchio.

5. Sit on the steps opposite the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy a gelato while the human experience unfolds in front of you.

Nicodemus - Michelangelo's 'The Deposition'