Florence has been nominated the most desirable tourist destination in the world. The city is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and art, historical and cultural heritage retains major impact in the world today and is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Florence's historic center contains numerous elegant squares, Renaissance palaces, academies, parks, gardens, churches, monasteries, museums, art galleries and workshops. Florence is also the home of spacious piazzas that are filled with cafés and are surrounded by beautiful buildings, such as Palazzo Vecchio that borders Piazza della Signoria. For shopaholics Florence is a heaven. Whether you are in search of the latest designer labels or trying to purchase the antiques, Florence is the destination for you!