Ciao! We had a great time in Florence. The weather was fantastic - sunshine, blue skies and t-shirts in late October. I did get bitten by mosquitos despite my preventative measures, but you can't have everything. We were only there for a few days so there was a limit to what we could do. I think I could spend a year there and still not have seen it all but we did visit the major churches: Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, San Lorenzo and the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria del Carmine, as well as climbing to the top of the Duomo and spending a morning in the Uffizi Gallery. DS was very keen on seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa so we took a day trip there. I had been before so I knew what to expect but the rest of the family were surprised at how small it is. I would really recommend going to Florence in October - the weather is still good but you don't get the crowds and the uncomfortable heat of high summer.
This picture of the city was taken from the Piazzale Michelangiolo - I do of course have many more photos but it has taken me about 7 tries to upload this one so I think I'll quit while I'm ahead and go off and read all those blog entries that I've missed.