Fall in love with Florence, as travel writer Kathy Petrino did

The capital of Italy’s beautiful Tuscany region, Florence welcomes lovers of food, art, architecture and culture throughout the year — tourists well beyond its 1.5 million residents in the metropolitan area. Travel writer Kathy Petrino knows that the history of Florence, with roots dating as far back as 59 B.C., attract individuals from around the world, including her. Kathy Petrino and others seek relics such as the Battistero, the oldest building in the historic city from the 11th century. Many also visit Florence for the Duomo, a beautiful cathedral highlighting the city’s skyline since the 14th century. Others seek the Italian location for arts culture, including displays of Michelangelo’s “David” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” at respective galleries, as well as shopping among plazas on historic streets.