Florence is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Italy , one of those places to see at least once in a lifetime! Its streets are rich in history, the museums among the most beautiful in the world. Ancient palaces, sculptures, art everywhere: walking through the streets of Florence is truly an extraordinary experience and the historic center is very suitable for being visited on foot, thus enjoying the atmosphere even more!
There are so many things to do and see, but if you are visiting the city for the first time or if you have little time available, here ‘s what to see in Florence : the 20 best attractions and things to do!
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1 – Florence Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)
The Cathedral of Florence, whose full name is Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is the fourth largest European church , with its three naves, external facades in white marble green and its interiors bare of furnishings but dominated by a cycle of monumental frescoes made by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, between 1572 and 1579.
But, entering the Cathedral, you have noticed that the decoration of the upper part of the drum is all now unfinished
This is because when the competition to win the work was launched, among others Michelangelo and Baccio d’Agnolo participated. The latter won the competition, and Michelangelo defined the work as “a cage for crickets”. The poor approval of the people and Michelangelo’s statements caused the work to stop!
The Duomo complex is one of the most visited attractions in the city , at any time you will find long lines outside all its facilities. For this reason, we advise you to buy priority entrance or, if you want to be accompanied by a guide, to opt for the tour in Italian to the cathedral and the dome.

Look for the Cattle Head: on the cornice of the left side of the Cathedral there is a sculpture of a bovine head. Officially it is said to be a tribute to all the animals that contributed to the creation of the work, but according to a popular story, it was a worker who placed it there, in the direction of a bakery; the worker had an affair with the baker ‘s wife, and after being discovered, he wanted to remember the baker “cuckold” status forever!
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the historic center. Easily reachable on foot from any point of the city, such as from Florence Santa Maria Novella Station (800 m, 10 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Cathedral 10: 15-16: 00 / Cathedral terraces 10: 00-19: 30 / hours are subject to change according to the day and season, consult the official website
  • Ticket price: Cathedral free / full terraces € 25.00 reduced € 10.00

2 – Brunelleschi’s Dome
The Duomo of Florence is divided into several parts, all worthy of an in-depth visit, especially if you stay in the city for a few days! One of its strong points is certainly Brunelleschi’s dome : an attraction within the attraction, with its masonry roof, divided into eight segments, the golden ball that supports the cross at the top and the Lantern, placed at the top, completed posthumously. to the death of the great artist. To access it you need a separate entrance ticket.
Brunelleschi’s Dome is the cross-shaped roof of the Duomo and just think that, at the time of its construction, it was the largest dome in the world! Today it still holds a record: it is the largest masonry dome ever built, with a maximum internal diameter of 45.5 m! A real masterpiece, by FIlippo Brunelleschi. And, given its indescribable beauty and its great popularity among tourists, the queues at the entrance can be really long, we recommend the guided tour of the dome without a line!

Learn the story of the copper ball and lightning: on top of the dome of the Cathedral there is a large golden copper ball, made by Verrocchio. After the ball was affixed, it was repeatedly struck by lightning! The umpteenth lightning bolt in 1601 made the dome roll down from the Duomo: 19 quintals of weight! However, the ball was put back up, and in everlasting memory, in the exact spot where it fell, a marble slab was placed (behind the Duomo, in front of via dell’Oriuolo).
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the historic center. Easily reachable on foot from any point of the city, such as from Florence Santa Maria Novella Station (800 m, 10 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Brunelleschi’s Dome 8: 15-19: 30 / times are subject to change according to the day and the season, consult the official website
  • Ticket price: full € 20.00, reduced € 10.00

3 – Giotto’s Bell Tower
But the beauties of the Duomo don’t end there! In fact, a visit to the wonderful Giotto’s Bell Tower is a must, from whose top you can enjoy a wonderful view over the whole of Florence ! With a height of almost 85 m, it is the best testimony of Florentine Gothic architecture of the fourteenth century. The exterior, like the Cathedral, is covered with beautiful white, red and green marble and is considered by many to be the most beautiful bell tower in Italy !
As the name suggests, the project was started in 1334 by Giotto, who unfortunately could not see it complete.: he died in 1337, when only the first part of the project was completed! The construction was then carried out by Andrea Pisani, following Giotto’s instructions to the letter. Do not miss the climb to the top : after 400 steps, on the top there is a large terrace, which will give you a wonderful view over the city!

Plan your visit : the summit can only be accessed in small groups, escorted by a guide, and there are no lifts! In fact, you have to walk up all 400 steps! The visit is therefore not recommended for those with heart problems and those suffering from vertigo or claustrophobia!
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the historic center. Easily reachable on foot from any point of the city, such as from Florence Santa Maria Novella Station (800 m, 10 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Giotto’s Bell Tower 8: 15-19: 30 / times are subject to change according to the day and season, consult the official website
  • Ticket price: full € 15.00, reduced € 7.00

4 – Baptistery of San Giovanni
Fourth and last beauty of the Florence Cathedral, but absolutely not least in importance: the Baptistery of San Giovanni! Also located in Piazza Duomo, in front of the entrance to the Cathedral, it is one of the oldest churches in Florence !
You will recognize it immediately: octagonal on the outside and covered with the same marvelous tiles as the Cathedral and the Bell Tower. In reality, the Baptistery has earlier origins than the rest of the complex : what we see today is in fact the result of the extension works of a pagan temple transformed into a church and then further restored!

Take a photo at the Gates of Heaven: created by Lorenzo Ghiberti, it is the main entrance door of the Baptistery, truly wonderful! The name derives from an affirmation made by Michelangelo, who said “they are so beautiful that they look good at the gates of Paradise”.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the historic center. Easily reachable on foot from any point of the city, such as from Florence Santa Maria Novella Station (800 m, 10 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Baptistery of San Giovanni 11: 15-17: 15 / times are subject to change according to the day and the season, consult the official website
  • Ticket price: full € 5.00, reduced € 3.00

5 – Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria is one of the most famous historical squares in Firene . A few steps from the Duomo, as soon as you set foot in this square you will be overwhelmed by its beauty! Here are the Fountain of Neptune and the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de ‘Medici, not to mention the wonderful Loggia dei Lanzi, full of wonderful statues.
Of all the buildings, the Palazzo Vecchio certainly stands out, an obvious example of fourteenth-century civil architecture . Today, inside the palace there are some municipal buildings and the residence of the First Citizen of Florence. But here there is also a museum that we absolutely recommend you to visit, with somerooms containing works by Michelangelo and Donatello and the Tower of Arnolfo , 94 m high, from the top of which you can enjoy a wonderful view over the entire Tuscan capital. Also in this case, if you have a few days available and can’t waste time queuing, we recommend the purchase of priority entrance with audio guide!
Photo by sonofgroucho. Look for the Porcellino Fountain : behind Piazza della Signoria is the Porcellino Fountain, much loved by tourists. According to legend, touching the statue’s nose brings good luck. You have to rub your nose, put a coin in your mouth and drop it, if it falls into the water through the grate it will bring good luck, otherwise it won’t.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza della Signoria. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (500 m, 6 min), Ponte Vecchio (280 m, 3 min) and the Uffizi Gallery (180 m, 2 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: from April to September every day 9: 00-23: 00, from October to March every day 9: 00-19: 00, on Thursday always 9: 00-14: 00
  • Ticket price: full Palazzo Vecchio museum € 12.50, reduced € 10.00 / archaeological itinerary € 4.00 / temporary exhibitions variable according to the exhibition

6 – Ponte Vecchio
One of the symbols of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world . This suggestive bridge crosses the Arno river and connects the historic center of Florence with the “Diladdarno”, which is the eastern part of the city, as the Florentines call it.
In the past, the Ponte Vecchio was the seat of butchers and fruit and vegetable shops, but today here you can find refined goldsmith shops that sell wonderful jewels! In addition, the central part of the bridge has been opened to allow people to enjoy a wonderful view of the river and Florence.
Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (600m, 8 min), the Uffizi (170m, 2 min) or Palazzo Pitti (300m, 4 min) – Get directions.

Get there early in the morning : as it is one of the most famous spots in the city, it is always very crowded! For this reason we advise you to reach it early in the morning, so that you can cross it in peace and be able to take some nice photos.

7 – Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most beautiful museum complexes in Italy and in the world . Every year it attracts tens of thousands of tourists thanks to the prestigious art collections exhibited here.
The Uffizi are housed inside the building built to a design by Giorgio Vasari, near Piazza della Signoria. Inside, the works exhibited from the Middle Ages to the modern age and you can see some of the most famous works in the world , such as the Birth of Venus and Spring by Botticelli, the Venus of Urbino by Titian, the Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci and others works by Giotto, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and other illustrious artists.
Being one of the most visited museums in Italy , also in this case the queues at the entrance are really long in some hours of the day. We therefore advise you to buy the ticket with priority entrance or with scheduled entrance.

Plan your visit: get a map at the entrance or plan your itinerary before your visit, as the museum is really huge and seeing all the collections is impossible. If you want to be sure not to miss the most important works, we recommend taking a guided tour with priority entrance.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazzale degli Uffizi 6. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (650 m, 8 min), from Ponte Vecchio (170 m, 2 min) and from Piazza della Signoria (270 m, 3 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Tue-Sun 8: 30-18: 30. Closed on Mondays, December 25th and January 1st
  • Ticket price: full € 20.00, reduced € 2.00, booking costs + € 4.00 / Passepartout 5 Days for Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, single price € 38.00

8 – Museo Nazionale del Bargello
By royal decree, in 1865 it was recognized as the first Italian museum dedicated to medieval and Renaissance art , furthermore its collection of Renaissance statues considered among the most important in the world. It is located inside the ancient Palazzo del Podesta in Florence, near Piazza della Signoria.
The museum is distributed over three different floors, you enter from the courtyard and then go up to the first and second floors. Among the most beautiful rooms are the Sala di Michelangelo and the Sala di Donatello, with numerous works by the two artists! You can then visit the Sala degli Avori, the Chapel of Mary Magdalene, the Sala del Verrocchio and many others. If you are a lover of sculpture and this branch of art, we recommend that you participate in the guided tour, to deepen your knowledge and learn about all the curiosities about the works on display.

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Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Via del Proconsolo 4. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (500 m, 6 min), from the Accademia Gallery (1 km, 13 min) and the Uffizi Gallery (450 m, 5 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: every day 8: 15-14: 00
  • Ticket price: full € 8.00, reduced € 2.00, booking costs + € 3.00

9 – Basilica of Santa Croce
Florence is a city full of wonderful churches. In addition to the Cathedral, a visit to the Basilica of Santa Croce, in the district of the same name, in the eastern part of the historic center, is also not to be missed. It is one of the oldest and most impressive Franciscan basilicas ever built in Italy . As soon as you arrive in the square of Santa Croce, your gaze will be immediately captivated by the beauty of the facade of the Basilica. Just nearby you can also see the Monument to Dante Alighieri .
Inside you will find a large collection of works of art and Michelangelo’s tomb, which is surrounded by three statues representing Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Here are also the Cenotaph of Dante and the monument dedicated to Vittorio Alfieri . Inside the basilica rest other illustrious personalities, of art and culture, besides Michelangelo, for example Galileo Galilei.
Photo by Gryffindor. Dwell on the Pazzi Chapel : it is one of the most famous Renaissance architecture, a masterpiece by Filippo Brunelleschi, and is located right in the first cloister of the Basilica. The visit is included in the cost of the ticket, but we recommend that you opt for a guided tour.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza Santa Croce 16. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (800 m, 10 min), from Piazza della Signoria (500 m, 6 min) or from Piazzale Michelangelo (1.3 km, 18 min) – Get indications
  • Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat 11: 00-17: 00, Sun and religious holidays 13: 00-17: 00. Closed January 1st, Easter, June 13th, October 4th, December 25th and December 26th
  • Ticket price: full € 8.00, reduced € 6.00

10 – Giardino delle Rose
Just attached to Piazzale Michelangelo is the Rose Garden, a little known garden which is absolutely worth a visit ! In fact, many tourists just reach the square and then go back down to the city.
We advise you to go down to the historic center passing through this wonderful garden , where there are 400 varieties of roses for a total of 1,200 plants and which offers beautiful views of Florence! Once it was only open to the public in spring, now all year round, although spring remains the best time to visit and admire the roses.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazzale Michelangelo. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (1.9 km, 26 min), Palazzo Pitti (1.6 km, 22 min) and the Basilica of Santa Croce (1.3 km, 18 min). From the center, also reachable by bus line 12 (Piazzale Michelangelo stop) – Get directions
  • Hours: every day in winter 9: 00-17: 00, summer 9: 00-20: 00
  • Ticket cost: free

11 – Piazzale Michelangelo
If you are in Florence, you cannot leave out of your itinerary the Piazzale Michelangelo, located on the same bank of Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. This is the best vantage point to admire the city , probably many of the photos you see of Florence from above were just taken here. The square houses copies of the most important works by the Renaissance sculptor of the same name : the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapels of San Lorenzo made in bronze.

The best time to reach it is sunset, but it is also one of the busiest moments. If you are not afraid of early alarms and you are quite an early riser, we advise you to visit it at dawn, in total silence, admiring the sun rising over the city.
Easily accessible either by car, through the tree-lined Viale Michelangelo, on foot along the steps of Piazza Poggi called Rampe del Poggi. From the center, also reachable by bus line 12 (Piazzale Michelangelo stop) – Get directions

Enjoy the best view of Florence : from the Piazzale you can enjoy the best view of the city! Whether it is at dawn, during the day or at sunset, in front of you you can admire the Florentine skyline in all its beauty. Plus this show is free!

12 – San Miniato al Monte
The Abbey of San Miniato al Monte is a true masterpiece of the Florentine Romanesque , not far from Piazza Michelangelo. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, the exterior is decorated with wonderful white and green marbles very similar to those of the Duomo, while the interior is in Romanesque style and has three naves. At the back of the church you can admire the Chapel of the Crucifix by Michelozzo and the crypt, decorated with frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi.
Its position is quite enviable: it is in fact located on top of a hill, thus giving a splendid view over the whole of Florence .! Precisely this hill, and consequently the birth of the Church, are connected to a distant legend: San Miniato was beheaded on the banks of the Arno and, with his head in his hands, he managed to get to the top of the hill to die, a place in to which an oratory dedicated to him was then erected.

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Visit the Monastic Pharmacy : on the whole you will find a small shop run by the small community of the Church, where objects created by its members are produced, such as candles in the church. bees or sweets. There is also a wide selection of herbal products. A place not to be missed!
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Via delle Porte Sante 34. Easily reachable on foot from Piazzale Michelangelo (450 m, 7 min). From the center, also reachable by bus line 12 (San Miniato Al Monte stop) – Get directions
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 9: 30-13: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00, Sunday 8: 15-13: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00. Not open to visitors during liturgical celebrations
  • Ticket cost: free

13 – Boboli Gardens
Behind Palazzo Pitti, there is a beautiful garden, the Boboli Gardens, the historical park of Florence , where you can enjoy a wonderful walk after visiting the Palace (ticket available online). It was built at the behest of Cosimo I de ‘Medici and extends over 45,000 square meters. There are 4 different entrances to access it, but if you have visited the Pitti Palace before then you will enter through the main door in Piazza de ‘Pitti .
The garden is very large and with many things to see, among plants, sculptures, caves and fountains! One of the most beautiful fountains is the Neptune basin, dating back to the 16th century, with a large statue of Neptune in the center and several statues from mythology as a frame. Towards the end of the park there is the Ocean Fountain, characterized by numerous statues and plants.
Finally, at the top of the gardens, behind the Neptune basin, you can also visit the Porcelain Museum , a small museum with a few rooms full of all kinds of porcelain! Furthermore, from here and from the Forte di Belvedere you can admire a wonderful view of all the surroundings!

SEE ALSO : Visit to the Boboli Gardens: timetables, prices and advice
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza de Pitti 1. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (1 km, 13 min), the Ponte Vecchio (300 m, 4 min) and the Uffizi Gallery (600 m, 8 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: open 8:45 am, closed from November to February 4:30 pm, March and October 5:30 pm, April May and September 6:15 pm, from June to August 6:30 pm
  • Ticket price: full € 10.00, reduced € 2.00, booking costs + € 3.00 / Passepartout 5 Days for Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, single price € 38.00

14 – Palazzo Pitti
The Uffizi Gallery complex is not limited only to the Uffizi, but also includes Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, located on the opposite bank of the Arno. These two attractions are connected to each other and therefore are well suited to be visited together in one day!
Palazzo Pitti has a very complex structure and its visit will take some time, but the works on display are of inestimable value! The same structure of the Palace will leave you fascinated. In fact, you can visit the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments where the De Medici family lived, the Modern Art Gallery and some museums: the Silver Museum, the Museum of Fashion and Costume and the Porcelain Museum. The entrance ticket will give you access to all these areas!
Photo from http://www.ferras.at. Organize the visit : given the large extension of the museum and the many things to see, the visit will take you away at least one morning. We advise you to bring a map or plan the works to see before the visit. Finally, combine the visit with that of the nearby Boboli Gardens.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza de Pitti 1. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (1 km, 13 min), the Ponte Vecchio (300 m, 4 min) and the Uffizi Gallery (600 m, 8 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Tue-Sun 8: 30-18: 30. Closed on Mondays, December 25th and January 1st
  • Ticket price: full € 16.00, reduced € 2.00, booking costs + € 3.00 / Passepartout 5 Days for Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, single price € 38.00

15 – Cappella Brancacci
Photo of Masaccio, Masolino und Fra Filippo Lippi.
Photo by sailko. In addition to the Medici Chapels, another wonderful attraction not to be missed is the Brancacci Chapel! Located in the San Frediano district, it is located inside the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine and represents one of the highest examples of Renaissance painting ! Two of the greatest artists of the time worked here, Masaccio and Masolino da Panicale!
The Brancacci were an ancient patrician family from Florence, arrived in the city in the mid-thirteenth century. It was a member of the family, Antonio di Piero di Pievichese Brancacci, who acquired the patronage of this chapel in 1387, known today as the Brancacci Chapel. Absolutely worth a visit for the beauty of its recently restored frescoes ! Furthermore, the restoration brought to light new scenes, thus making the treasure of the chapel even richer!
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza del Carmine 14. Easily reachable on foot from the Ponte alla Carraia (450 m, 5 min), from the Ponte della Trinita (650 m, 8 min) and from the Basilica of Santo Spirito (550 m, 7 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri 10: 00-17: 00
  • Ticket price: free, but reservations required at least one day in advance. Consult the official website

16 – Palazzo Strozzi
Photo by Fred Romero. Located in the square of the same name, behind Piazza della Repubblica, Palazzo Strozzi was the home of the Strozzi family, one of the richest families in Florence , to which it also owes its name. This family was in constant conflict, both political and financial, with the De ‘Medici family and plays an important role in the history of the city!

Today the palace is open to the public and is managed by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, with the mission of raising the artistic offer for tourism in Florence. It does not have a permanent exhibition, but it hosts three temporary exhibitions every year , the most important being that of Peggy Guggenheim, Gustav Klimt, Botticelli and Filippino Lippi and Cezanne in Florence.

Organize your visit : the exhibitions vary every year, so we advise you to consult the official website and see which ones are in progress. You may find yourself admiring very important paintings and paintings by the greatest authors in history.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza degli Strozzi. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (450 m, 5 min), from the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (500 m, 6 min) and from Ponte Vecchio (450 m, 5 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 14: 00-20: 00, Thu until 23: 00, Sat-Sun 10: 00-20: 00
  • Ticket price: full € 13.00, reduced € 10.00

17 – Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Another church that absolutely deserves a visit is the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, in the western part of the historic center, near the Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. It is one of the most beautiful and most important churches in all of Florence . Located in the square of the same name, this Dominican church dates back to the 15th century and its facade was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, using white and green marble.
But the Basilica deserves a visit above all for its interior and for what it holds . 99 m long, and divided into three different naves topped by arches and decorated vaults and houses works of inestimable value. You can indeed admireGiotto’s Crucifix and Masaccio’s La Trinita !
In addition, the entrance ticket also includes a visit to the museum housed in the nearby convent, which together with the basilica creates a single monumental complex.

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Practical information: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 18. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (550 m, 7 min), from the central train station (120 m, 2 min) or from the Uffizi (1 km, 13 min) – Get indications
  • Hours: Mon, Thu, Fri and Sat 10: 00-17: 00, Sun and religious holidays 13: 00-17: 00. Closed Tue-Wed
  • Ticket cost: full € 7.50, reduced € 5.00 / in the case of temporary exhibitions the cost may vary, check the official website

18 – Medici Chapels
When we talk about Florence, in addition to thinking about its enormous beauties, the mind immediately runs to a name: that of the De ‘Medici family, the ancient and powerful Florentine family , protagonist of Italian and also European history.
In the city there are the Medici Chapels, or the dome that houses the tombs of the members of the family , hence the name Medicee. Today they are open to the public and you can also admire Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, which I have been working on since 1520. The dome is part of the largest complex of the Church of San Lorenzo , the family church.

Take a tour of the Medici Chapels: this is also a very popular attraction in the city, so we recommend that you buy your ticket online. If you are particularly interested in the history of this powerful family, you can also opt for the Medici history tour.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (250 m, 3 min), from the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (400 m, 5 min) and from Ponte Vecchio (700 m, 9 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: generally every day 8: 15-14: 00, but times may be subject to variations. Consult the official website
  • Ticket cost: full € 9.00, reduced € 2.00, booking costs + € 3.00

19 – Central Market
Photo by Aldo Cavini Benedetti.
Photo by Sailko. Florence is not just museums and religious buildings. The capital of Tuscany and metropolis always in turmoil, thanks above all to its streets, its clubs, its squares. Another fundamental meeting point for tourists and inhabitants are the markets , the most famous of which is the Central Market, dating back to the nineteenth century.
The market is spread over two floors : to buy excellent quality food and wine products, just explore the lower level of the market; on the top floor, however, it is possible to stop in the local bars and clubs for a low cost breakfast or aperitif .

The best dishes of Florence in one place: here you can really find many traditional dishes, from lampredotto to ribollita, up to Florentine! The prices are a bit higher, but everything is of the highest quality and in one place!
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (500 m, 6 min), from the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (450 m, 5 min) and from Ponte Vecchio (1 km, 12 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: every day 10: 00-00: 00
  • Ticket cost: free

20 – Galleria dell’Accademia and Michelangelo’s David
Returning to the historic center, we recommend a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia, so called because it was originally built for the students of the nearby Gallery of Fine Arts , so that they could get to know the masterpieces of art Florentine.
The Gallery is also known as the Michelangelo Museum, as numerous works by him are exhibited. But the main work is certainly Michelangelo’s David , which is why many people visit the entire museum.
This statue, 502 cm high including the base, is considered a masterpiece of world sculpture , as well as one of the emblems of the Renaissance and a symbol of Florence.The statue represents David, the biblical hero who battles the giant Goliath . The allegory is meant to signify the victory of intelligence over brute force, but it is also a monument to courage. The impressive expressiveness of his face in fact shows David resolute and not at all hesitant just before throwing the stone with his sling.
Made between 1502 and 1504, Michelangelo used a single block of marble. The extraordinary nature and genius of the artist was accentuated even more by the fact that the marble block had already been used by two artists, Agostino di Duccio and Antonio Rossellino. Both, however, discarded it because they considered it too fragile to bear such a weight. The perfection that Michelangelo brought out was impressive: a statue of 4 meters and 10 of immeasurable proportions and beauty.

Schedule the time of the visit : today it is one of the most visited museums in Florence, for this reason we advise you to skip the queues by purchasing the entrance with scheduled time.
Practical info: directions, timetables and prices

  • How to get there: in Via Ricasoli 58/60. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Duomo (600 m, 7 min) and from the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (1.1 km, 13 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: Tue-Sun 8: 15-18: 50. Closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st
  • Ticket cost: full € 12.00, reduced € 6.00, booking costs + € 3.00

Other attractions to visit
In addition to the aforementioned churches, there are others that are absolutely worth a visit : the Basilica of San Lorenzo (€ 5.00, with Laurentian Library € 7.50), the Basilica of Santo Spirito (€ 2.00) , the Church of San Salvatore in Ognissanti (free) and the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine (free).

There are also numerous museums , which you can visit according to your interests! The Dante’s House Museum (€ 8.00) and the Buonarroti House (€ 8.00), the Galileo Museum (€ 10.00) and the Leonardo da Vinci Interactive Museum (€ 7.00 recommended) are worth a visit. purchase of priority entrance), the Salvatore Ferragamo Art Museum (€ 8.00) and the Novecento Museum (€ 8.50).
Finally, the whole city is a work of art: to better admire the Ponte Vecchio we recommend that you cross the other bridges, the Ponte Santa Trinita and the Ponte alle Grazie; stroll through the streets with your nose up and do not miss the wonderful squares of the city.

8 things to do in Florence
Eat the Panino at the Antico Vinaio

Eat the real Florentine

Go up on the terrace of the Rinascente

Stroll through the Bardini Garden

Enjoy an ice cream from La Carraia

Go for a ride on a Vespa

Discover the city at night

Visit with Chianti tasting

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  1. Eat the Panino all’Antico Vinaio : you cannot go to Florence without eating the sublime schiacciata dell’Antico Vinaio! The queue is always long but it is absolutely worth it
  2. Eating the real Fiorentina : as for the Antico Vinaio, the same thing can be said about the Florentine! Be careful not to fall into tourist traps and find a place that serves the real Florentine, at least 3 fingers high and weighing at least 1.5 kg
  3. Go up to the terrace of the Rinascente : the Rinascente in Florence, in addition to wonderful shops, has a rooftop with a wonderful view of the Duomo, unmissable
  4. Strolling in the Bardini Garden : if you are in Florence in spring, you certainly cannot miss this wonderful garden, with beautiful views over the city and a 4-storey 17th century villa
  5. Enjoy an ice cream at La Carraia : without a doubt one of the best ice cream parlors in Florence, with many flavors, from the most classic to the most particular
  6. Go for a ride on a Vespa : there is nothing better than exploring Florence with a wonderful ride on a Vespa through the streets of the city and its surroundings. You can reach Piazzale Michelangelo and go around all the surrounding hills. Info and costs here
  7. Discover the city by night : enjoy a night tour of Florence by bike, to experience the atmosphere and the beauty of the city in the evening! Info and costs here
  8. Visit with Chianti tasting : if you have a little more time, Florence is an excellent base for getting to know Chianti. You can visit two wineries in the surrounding area and taste a few glasses of wine accompanied by typical local products. Info and excursion costs here

Plan your stay in Florence: tips, flights and hotels
Florence has its own airport, so it can be reached easily from the south and the islands (compare flights). Already from the center or the north, it is more comfortable to go by car, bus or train, including the Italo trains and the Trenitalia Frecce trains.
The city is really so full of things to see that it is easy to get lost. For a first approach, the best solution is to first take a guided walking tour, to identify the landmarks and learn about history and anecdotes. Alternatively, there is the evergreen tourist bus.
To visit attractions and museums, expect long lines at the entrances: in no city like Florence is it useful to buy skip-the-line tickets .

To stay, it is better to stay in the center(compare the accommodations on booking). So you can move on foot, the best way to visit the city. If you are with children and prefer a quieter area, opt for Santa Croce or San Niccolo, always central and well served, but quieter and with different green areas.

Despite everything, Florence is not particularly expensive , but certainly the attractions have a lot of influence on the budget. Food, on the other hand, is not, especially if you are a lover of street food. Of course, the Florentine doc costs a lot eh … but it would cost more not to eat it! And please don’t fall back on those half-kilo pseudo-steaks, it’s a sacrilege!

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