It may have been the focal point of the Renaissance, but Florence is a city that’s firmly planted in the 21st century and looking forward to the future. As direct flights from the United States have increased, so has tourism on a year-round basis. Florence is a seductive city whose residents know that the Renaissance hasn't lost its power of persuasion. The cradle of the Italian Renaissance is unrivaled in the breadth of its artistic treasures. At the same time, trendy dining and shopping venues are also on the rise. Extensive chapters on Tuscany are also included, as well as a comprehensive directory with resource information, as well as recommended films, music, and books about the region.