Florence Things to Do

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  • 1. Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore

    If you just came from the inside of the Cathedral, then you know how absolutely magnificent and massive this church is. If you are able to climb 463 steps, sometimes rather steep, and are not afraid...

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  • 2. Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens

    The Palazzo Pitti was originally the home of the Pitti family, who were wealthy bankers in Florence. It was sold to Eleanor of Toledo, wife of Grand Duke Cosimo I Medici, in 1550 and became the home...

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  • 3. Ponte Vecchio & Arno River

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence by virtue that the Germans in WWII did not destroy it, crosses the Arno River near the Uffizi Gallery. Today it is lined with gold jewelry shops and is...

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  • 4. The Uffizi Gallery

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    I enjoyed walking along the front of the Uffizi Gallery outside from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Arno River. The niches of the building are filled with statues of famous Tuscans from history and it was...

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  • 5. David Statue

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    David! He seems to be everywhere in Florence. David represents the Florentine people – the little warrior that fights the large giant (other larger city-states, Rome, etc.) and comes up victorious....

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  • 6. Palazzo Vecchio

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In a city full of Renaissance architecture and art, the town hall is a medieval one. The Palazzo Vecchio still has the look of a fortress with its battlements. The 95 meter (311 feet) high bell tower...

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  • 7. Piazalle Michelangelo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Piazzale Michelangelo is where you go to get that fantastic view of the city of Florence with views of the Cathedral. It is near the top of the hill on the other side of the Arno River. You can...

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  • 8. Piazza della Signoria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In the Piazza della Signoria, to the left of the Palazzo Vecchio, is a fountain with Neptune as its center piece. Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, has a face similar to Cosimo I de’ Medici. The...

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  • 9. Galleria dell'Accademia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Most people come to Florence and have a visit to the Accademia on their must-see list for one statue only – the statue that has come to symbolize Florence: Michelangelo’s David. This massive 13 foot...

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  • 10. Basilica Santa Croce

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Santa Croce Museum is just down the path and has some interesting old statues and monuments. There is a video that shows the stained glass windows and how they really look (they have been covered...

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  • 11. Battistero San Giovanni & Gate of Paradise

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Ghiberti did these doors as well, but there was no competition for them in 1430; he was just asked to do them. These panels are completely different; not only are the gold, but they are square and...

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  • 12. Piazza della Repubblica

    4 out of 5 stars

    This more "modern" square dates from the time that Florence was capital of Italy from 1865 to 1871. The square has a tourist market known as the new market and is surrounded by shopping streets that...

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  • 13. San Miniato al Monte

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    Go into the Sacristy – as you walk towards the altar, it will be the room on the far right side. This is the room where the priests would prepare the mass. It is difficult to see as the room is dark –...

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  • 14. Santa Maria Novella

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As you walk into the cloisters, be on the lookout for the Uccello frescoes on your right side; they are not too far into the cloisters from the museum lobby. The primary one to look at is the Noah and...

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  • 15. Campanile di Giotto

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The bell tower is famous and everything has been said about it, still, if you are in good health and have no problem climbing a lot of stairs, the view from the top is outstanding! you will be able to...

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  • 16. Medici Chapel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Medici family financed the renovation of the San Lorenzo Church and the adjoining chapels. The entrance to the Medici Chapels is on the back side of the church and is separate from the church...

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  • 17. Il Porcellino

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    The Loggia del Mercato Nuovo was designed by Battista del Tasso and built in 1551. Its original purpose was to provide local merchants with a refined place where they could sell luxury items, although...

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  • 18. San Lorenzo

    San Lorenzo is connected to the Medici Chapels but has a separate entry fee and access door. This is at least the third version of a church built on this site. The original was built in the 4th...

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  • 19. Fontana di Nettuno - Fountain of Neptune

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Statue by Bartolomeo Ammannati. The Neptune figure, whose face resembles that of Cosimo I de' Medici, was meant to be an allusion to the dominion of the Florentines over the sea. The pedestal in the...

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  • 20. Tomb of Michelangelo

    Please refer to my page on Santa Croce for more details about the structure. This church reminds me of the Pantheon in Paris or Westminster Abbey in London, not because of its design, but it is one of...

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  • 21. Piazza Santissima Annunziata

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    At the end of the piazza where the orphanage designed by Brunelleschi is located, you will find a church dedicated to Mary, founded in 1250. You can easily look at the art in the entrance area, but...

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  • 22. Dante's House

    3 out of 5 stars

    Dante reportedly was born in a small house still extant on Via Santa Margherita. One of the beauties about Florence is that, without some special indication of its being the Dante house, the building...

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  • 23. Museo del Opera del Duomo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When you have finished the second floor of the Cathedral Museum, head back down the steps and into the room at the bottom with Michelangelo’s Pieta (this is a different one from the one in St. Peter's...

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  • 24. Palazzo Medici

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    The Medici family ruled Florence for many years. In the late 1400s, Cosimo I began building his new home in town, which to the horror of other merchants who were jealous of the Medici wealth through...

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  • 25. Shopping

    I wanted to shop in Florence but found it very overwhelming in terms of where to buy real Italian leather, how not to get ripped off by a jeweler when buying something gold etc. Maren was great. She...

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