Each year, millions of people visit Florence, a historic and beautiful city flourishing with famous works of art and a rich culture. Among the most popular cities in Italy, Florence has some of the country’s best museums, beautiful churches and piazzas (squares) with elegant buildings and shops. Distinguishing Florence from many other cities are the cathedrals, churches and many palaces that were designed, built and decorated by illustrious artists of the time such as, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, making Florence the perfect place to teach kids about art. Even the piazzas are a work of art in themselves. Many of the piazzas are like outdoor museums, featuring statues and other beautiful works of art. Walking around a piazza is free and a wonderful opportunity for families to stroll, peruse shops and dine at restaurants -- and, of course, enjoy a creamy gelato. Among Florence’s top attractions is the 11th century Baptistery of John the Baptist, one of Florence's oldest buildings, and the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the historic center. The Galleria degli Uffizi holds thousands of paintings from medieval to modern times and many antique sculptures, illuminations and tapestries. The Campanile, bell tower, is in Piazza del Duomo. Buy a ticket and climb the 414 stairs for great views of the Cathedral and the city of Florence. With so much to see, it’s a good idea to plan a general itinerary. However, families must leave room for spontaneity in order to soak up as much of the Florentine culture as possible.