Florence Things to Do

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  • 1. Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore

    The Duomo is a bit of a Johnny-come-lately compared to what occupied its spot before. A flight of stairs near the entrance leads down to the scavi of Santa Reparata; an early Christian/Medieval church...

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  • 2. Ponte Vecchio & Arno River

    Ponte Vecchio was a tremendous experience. The abundant amount of tourists serve as a reminder that you're on a piece of history that is very alluring. The archways are beatuiful featuring breath...

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  • 3. Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens

    This place had me cross-eyed after a couple of hours. The largest museum complex in Florence, Palazzo Pitti comprises at least five different galleries and two gardens. All of them are either in or...

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  • 4. The Uffizi Gallery

    This is one of world’s great art museums and a must-do for visitors to Florence. It is also one of the busiest attractions so pre-ordered tickets (see the website) or passes are HIGHLY recommended...

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  • 5. David Statue

    Moved from its original position in the Piazza della Signoria, Michelangelo's "David" is on display at the Galleria della Accademia. This is one of the best known museums in Florence. Also found in...

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  • 6. Piazza della Signoria

    That this piazza has its own website is a pretty good indication of its importance to the Florentine story - although it was never originally intended to be a piazza at all. Way back in the 13th...

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  • 7. Piazalle Michelangelo

    We were in Florence at the begining of January and we have not been too lucky weatherwise, we decided to take the bus and see Piazzale Michelangelo anyway as it sounded like a nice trip. Bus 12...

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  • 8. Palazzo Vecchio

    The first courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio was designed in 1453 by Michelozzo. In the lunettes, high around the courtyard, are crests of the Church and City Guilds. In the center, the porphyry...

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  • 9. Galleria dell'Accademia

    They come here in hordes; in droves; in mutlitudes. Thousands and thousands of tourists mob the doors of the Accademia every year to see what is possibly the world’s most famous sculpture....

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  • 10. Battistero San Giovanni & Gate of Paradise

    The Baptistery of San Giovanni have been built originally around 4th to 5th century, octagonal in plan with a semi-circular apse. In the 11th century it became the city cathedral, since Santa Reparata...

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  • 11. Basilica Santa Croce

    If you have time to see only one church, skip the Duomo (much more impressive on the outside than in) and make a beeline for this one. Santa Croce is a magnificent Medieval-Gothic basilica and the...

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  • 12. Campanile di Giotto

    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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  • 13. Piazza della Repubblica

    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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. San Miniato al Monte

    One look at the looooog flight of steps from Piazzale Michelangelo is enough to deter most of the masses - which is a very good reason to make the climb. You’ll be well rewarded with a (serene) look...

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  • 16. Il Porcellino

    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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  • 17. Santa Maria Novella

    Even if you are not planning an extensive stay in Florence, please DO stop in this beautiful basilica located just across from the railway station also called Santa Maria Novella. I remember crossing...

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  • 18. 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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  • 19. Medici Chapel

    Here’s another one where you have to keep the lens cap on. Rats. The ‘museum’ is essentially an addition to the Medici’s favored church of San Lorenzo and was originally constructed as a 3-part...

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  • 20. Fontana di Nettuno - Fountain of Neptune

    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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  • 21. Shopping

    The market located in the streets surrounding the church San Lorenzo is often derided as touristy. I recommend that you ignore such advice and give it whirl. It is a lot of leather and clothing. The...

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  • 22. Palazzo Medici

    This palazzo was designed by the famous Renaissance architect Michelozzo for the Medici family. From the outside, as it's the case with many buildings in Florence, it almost looks like a fortress....

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  • 23. Dante's House

    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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  • 24. Piazza Santissima Annunziata

    Florentine brides have a tradition of visiting this church on their wedding days and leaving their bouquets as offerings to the Virgin. The original was founded in the mid 13th century by a group of...

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  • 25. Museo Nazionale del Bargello

    Dating back to 1255, the architecture of the Bargello is somewhat similar to that of Palazzo Vecchio in the sense that they both look like fortresses; in the case of the Bargello, it makes total sense...

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