Think Florence in Italy and the Renaissance comes to mind.

The art, sculpture and architecture that embody the Florentine spirit live on till today.

Now, the city is reinventing itself. Getting even more contemporary than you thought it could.

The grand 15th-century Palazzo Strozzi houses the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina with a range of not to be missed events through the year. Spazi Urbani Contemporanei in a 15th-century former monastery now features works from emerging Italian artists. The flagship Gucci Museum is now open in the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia. And, the 14th-century San Niccolò tower reopened to the public with one of the best panoramic views of the city from the top of its 148 feet height.

Deciding where to stay has become even more difficult! What with the Grand Hotel Villa Cora, a new five-star property near the Boboli Gardens.

If hi-end luxe is what you need stay at the opulent St. Regis Florence that has opened in a palatial riverside palazzo.

To visit Florence and get a taste of history becoming modern call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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