Florence Italy, the city of beauty, is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany in Europe. It is famous for its history and culture. In medieval times it was one of the wealthiest cities around. It is also renowned for its Renaissance art and architecture which are both a big pull for the many people who flock to Florence each year to stay. Tourism is the most significant industry in central Florence and from April to October each year it is bustling with people from across the world – both Italians holidaying in their own country, and people from Europe and further afield. Those who enjoy their art will love Florence. It has numerous museums and art galleries to offer visitors, including the Palazzo Pitti and Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi sells over 1.6 million tickets a year. There are often large queues to obtain tickets and they sell out very quickly. Florence is also a favorite for those who like their fashion. In fact, it is ranked in the top 50 fashion capitals of the world and a hub for design and production. Florence is a pretty city and can be enjoyed and explored on foot, taking in the many sights including monuments, churches and Renaissance buildings. The domed cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as the Duimo) was built by Filippo Brunellescho and is a highlight for visitors, as is the walks along the banks of the River Arno (in the old part of the city). Another architectural highlight is the Piazza della Signoria, home to a number of statues by famous sculptors such as Donatello and Cellini. The streets and squares of Florence are grand and picturesque. They are best viewed while sipping a coffee in an outdoor area of one of the many cafes. The Piazza della Republica is one of the most popular squares in the city center, with a number of cafes and eateries. As stated, Florence is a hub for tourism. It has approximately 35,000 hotel beds and 23,000 other accommodation facilities (such as guest-houses and youth hostels). This means that over 10 million visitors can head there at any given time to enjoy the numerous attractions. As tourism is so important, they make everybody feel very welcome in Florence. There are many people who arrive on day trips or stopping as part of cruise ship excursions or rail and bus tours. Those who visit Florence are sure to comment on the food and wine, both important to the local economy. Florence is the most important city in Tuscany, one of the great wine-growing regions in the world. The cuisine includes delicious pasta and pizzas, as well as fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. An important part for any tourist center is good transport links. The Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station is the main station in Florence for national and international rail travel and transfers. It is used by 59 million people annually. When it comes to air travel, Florence Airport (Peretold) and Gailileo Gaililei International Airport (Pisa) serve the tourists. Once holidaying in Florence, the main attractions are accessible by foot or bicycle but there is also an excellent bus network. Locals and visitors can enjoy the mild climate and interesting things on offer all year round.