My first trip to a major Italian city was the absolute best in Florence. Tons of people I talk to say it is their favorite Italian city and I can confidently agree that it is the best(but I should probably visit Venice and Rome before making that decision). Florence is an easy 2 1/2 hour train ride and located in the beautiful region of Tuscany, which many know for the wine. The Tuscan countryside is amazing, but the architecture and art all throughout the city is what really makes for the beauty within.To start, Florence’s number one site to see is the Santa Maria del Fiore, or The Duomo. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. The dome of the cathedral and the campanile tower over the city, and as you peek through the buildings, you can always know if you are walking the right way since the dome is hidden amongst the buildings of the city. My biggest, biggest suggestion for Florence is to make sure you get the tickets and climb the campanile AND the Duomo. It is absolutely worth the 1,000s of stairs you will have climbed at the end because the views of the city are unreal. You can always go see David, but it costs money and takes a lot of time, so you can always check out the outdoor sculpture area to see a replica of him:)Another must-see site is Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge that is full of high end jewelry stores. This bridge, along with all of the others along the river, make for amazing views of the vibrant buildings and is a perfect spot to walk along on a sunny day. It’s also super romantic so if you want to check it out with your significant other, you’ll fit right in! If you’re like me, you take pictures with your roommate and try to compete with the lovey couples surrounding you. A half day trip I highly recommend if you are in Florence is a wine tour into the Chianti region, which is very well known for great wines. The one we did took us to two different wineries and two small villages, and it was one of the best parts of our trip. It actually ended up being three-fourths American students who were also studying in Europe, so we met a lot of new friends along the way! Here’s a wine tip we learned along the way: if you order a Chianti wine, the real ones have a black rooster on the label. If there is no black rooster, it’s a fake Chianti!