The Italian fashion industry was born here and the city stood at the cradle of the Renaissance. If something should describe Florence, it would be the words 'Style' and 'Class'. Make a detour through the compact city after your language lessons and be enchanted by the sculptures and masterpieces of architects as Michelangelo and Botticelli. The narrow cobbled streets often lead to elegant palaces with marble basilicas from the 15th and 16th centuries. A cinematic party. But, a walk through the maze of medieval streets offers much more. Stroll along the larger or family-runned fashion boutiques that sell elegant and timeless items. Not surprising, because designer Guccio Gucci, among others, opened his haute couture boutiques in the city in the twenties and that still leaves traces behind. And, how could it be different: also in the kitchens of this Tuscan capital quality rises far above quantity. Restaurants and bistros serve dishes made from local, seasonal products accompanied by the purest wines from wineries located in the hills surrounding the city. Despite the fact that Florence is relatively compact in size with its 380,000 inhabitants, she is put on the must-go-to list for many travel gurus. If only because the Tuscan lifestyle here is so enviable sweet.