Photos: Florence a la fresco

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  1. Magnificent marble

    The Statue of "David" by Michelangelo is on display at the Galleria dell'Accademia. Sculpted from 1501 to 1504, the 17-foot tall marble statue portrays the Biblical King David at the moment that he decides to do battle with Goliath. It is the most recognizable statue in the history of art. (Stefano Amantini / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Heavenly view

    A visitor takes in the view from the top of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral's Dome in Florence, Italy. (Guido Cozzi / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Ancient garden

    The Boboli Gardens are filled with a collection of sculptures dating from the 16-18th centuries. Stroll through the grounds and see more statuary from Michelangelo (copies are here now to protect the originals), a massive Egyptian obelisk, classic grottoes and garden temples, and carefully groomed plants and trees. (Guido Cozzi / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Last Judgment

    The "Last Judgment" fresco by Frederico Zuccaro and Giorgio Vasari seen in the dome of the Florence Cathedral. (Fred De Noyelle / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Chapel of the Princes

    A view of the interior of the Chapel of the Princes in San Lorenzo Basilica. The massive structure, which is the mausoleum of the powerful Medici family, was erected between 1604 and 1643 by Matteo Nigetti. (Richard Bryant / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Ponte Vecchio

    Houses and shops are built along on the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy. It is Europe's oldest wholly-stone, closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge. (Richard Cummins / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Famous cathedral

    The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church of Florence, Italy. The basilica is most notable for its dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. (Fred De Noyelle / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 8/20/2009 3:42:09 PM ET 2009-08-20T19:42:09

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Florence on Alitalia, four nights at Hotel Meridiana, fuel surcharges and breakfast daily, from $599 per person — plus up to $148 in taxes.

When: Nov. 1, 2009–March 7, 2010. Not available Nov. 23–27, 2009, and Jan. 7–13, Feb. 22–26, 2010. Departures from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2009 are available, but the supplement varies widely, from $400 to $600 depending on dates.

Gateways: New York City; add $20 for Boston, Miami; $70 for Chicago; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include taxes of up to $148 per person. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Note that higher rates will apply Dec. 11, 2009–Jan. 2, 2010. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Dooley Vacations, 877/331-9301, dooleyvacations.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $665 round-trip flight for travel in mid-November (Alitalia). The four-night hotel stay costs about $256 per person. So booking independently, you should expect to pay about $921 per person, all taxes included. This package costs up to $747 with all taxes included — a savings of at least $174.

More: Add nights from $75 per person per night. There's also a $50 per person hotel upgrade available to the Hotel Atlantic Palace.

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