Firenze

Transport: Fly to Rome with Aer Lingus and take the train.

Accommodation: Hotel Brunelleschi, the interior of this boutique hotel is beautiful, the service is great and it's ideally located beside the Duomo.

TOP 5

5. Accept that you're going to put on half a stone in a couple of days

Dinner: The White Boar - for meatlovers, this place has the most authentic, delicious meat cuts. There's a great wine list and buzzy atmosphere but be sure to make a reservation, it's a very popular spot. 

Rooftop Drinks: Hotel Lungarno - great cocktails and even better views of the Ponte Vecchio 

Best kept secret: La Prosciutteria - brilliant little lunch spot to take a break from site seeing. 

4. Walk the city

Climb the Duomo, take a selfie with Michelangelo's David or Pietà, pay too much for a coffee at the Gucci museum. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio with fresh gelato. Take it all in at an easy, Italian pace. 

3. The Uffizi

This Florentine museum is my favourite art gallery  in the world. Take a guided tour with passionate art historians for the best insight into paintings by Giotto, Paolo Uccello, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. 

2. Wine Tasting

Take a private wine tasting tour to discover the strong history of the Sangiovese grape in the Chianti region. A full day of wines, olive oils and a traditional rustic lunch in the mountains is an absolute must-do in Florence. You will be taught how to wine taste like a pro, or to at least look like you know what you are doing. 

1. Vespa Tour

Take a vespa tour from the city into the Tuscan Hills and finish off with a traditional Tuscan lunch. Learn very quickly how to drive a vespa for a whirlwind tour of the best sites in Florence. This was the highlight of our stay.