Florence is a beautiful city, known for its Renaissance art and graceful architecture. Unfortunately, it seems everyone in the world knows this, and the city is practically swimming with tourists year round. If you’re looking to get away from it all for a few hours (“all” being the Renaissance and the tourists), I recommend the Natural History Museum. Tucked away at the top of a rather steep staircase, the sleepy collection features oddities from around the world tucked away in glass cases that line the rooms. When you’re done, you’re only steps away from the Duomo and the rest of the city.

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