In Florence, tourists enjoy the art, view, people

12/1/2008 | NYTimes.com

Florence is known for its many works of art, and lots of tourists rush from sculpture to cathedral to museum each year. Meanwhile, others relax and enjoy the view, get to know the Italian people and find attractions beyond its famed paintings. In E.M. Forster's novel "A Room With a View," he suggests that travelers throw out the guidebook and soak up the atmosphere. Modern-day tourists may do well to heed that advice.

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