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Top Things To Do And Must Visit Places In Florence, Italy

Raksha Kulkarni Apr 18, 2020
Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. It is widely famous for its rich culture and heritage. The city boasts of famous residents like Michelangelo, Galileo, Lorenzo Medici, and Raphael; and their fascinating art work. Here is a bucketlist to experience Florence in all its glory!

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo

It is simply known as ‘Duomo’ and is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. The construction of the cathedral started in 1436 but the front facade was completed in the 19th century.

Duomo is the Florence's most iconic landmark.

The beauty lies in its white marble with designs in red, pink, and green. It is located in the center and is a sight to behold among the medieval buildings.

Florence's duomo is the city's most iconic landmark.

To enjoy the view, you may climb 463 challenging steps to reach the dome. The Piazza meaning the square includes the baptistery, bell tower, and a museum.
Baptistery of St. John is located just in front of the cathedral and also boasts of similar stunning architecture.

Giotto’s Campanile

This building boasts of Gothic architecture and rich Renaissance art. It was designed by the famous artist Giotto and the construction began in 1334. Talenti took over after the death of Giotto and finished it in 1359. You can also climb the 414 steps to enjoy the stunning views of Florence.

Giottos Campanile

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

This may look like a castle, but it is the most important administrative building here. It was operated as the palace of the Signoria of the Republic of Florence and as a town hall after that. It was built in 1299. There is a series of coast of arms in the front which depict important people of history and their families.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio is one of the oldest and famous bridges. It is said to be constructed in 996.
Stroll across the bridge while checking out the cute souvenir and art shops on the sides. Reach the midpoint of the bridge to enjoy the view of river Arno. Another treasure is the passageway built above the bridge. That is lined with portraits by many artists.

Basilica of Santa Croce

It is located in the center of Piazza di Santa Croce. The exterior is definitely stunning! Inside, there are tombs of artists and scholars like Michelangelo and Galileo. Many of the greatest art works are here. The most famous is Cimabue’s Crucifix, one of the first to portray Renaissance art style.

Uffizi Palace and Gallery

Uffizi Palace and Gallery

This art museum is known as one of the most important Italian museums in the world. Beautiful marble statues can be seen amidst columns and arches in the inner courtyard.
The museum boasts of one of the best collection of Renaissance Art by artists like Titian, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Do check out the famous “The Birth of Venus” painting by Botticelli. You can spend hours immersing in the world of art!

Piazza Della Signoria

It is an important place consisting of various buildings and classical art. The main building is the Palazo Vecchio and the stunning statues of David & Hercules.
Other attractions are the fountain of Neptune, a grand statue of Cosimo Medici, and the Loggia dei Lanzi which have beautiful Renaissance sculptures. It is the social center with numerous restaurants and bar, which is filled with tourists and locals.

Galleria dell’Accademia

The museum is popular for masterpieces like the original Michelangelo’s David sculpture. His other sculptures and works are also in here. There are interesting halls here such as a hall filled with historical art from the 13th to 16th century. Another hall is a museum of old and unique musical instruments.

Statue Of David

Boboli Gardens

This beautiful royal garden of over 45,000 square meters is a true delight! The 16th century garden is divided in different sections like plants and flowers, large trees, a lawn and fountain area, and a large area with several ponds.
You can also visit the Belvedere Fort which is the second largest in the city. The garden comes in the Pitti Palace complex and includes royal apartments, an art gallery, a Medici palace, and museums.

You can also visit the Bardini garden which is as beautiful and less crowded.

Piazzale Michelangelo

Don’t miss this one! The Piazzale Michelangelo sits high on a hill and offers stunning panoramic views of the entire city. A bronze statue of David stands in the center and a few artists and vendors sell their art at the edge.
It is situated on the South banks of the River Arno which can also be viewed from the square. Don’t miss sunsets here! You can also visit the San Miniato al Monte church, which is a short climb from the viewpoint.

Church Of Santa Maria Novella

San Miniato al Monte

Corridoio Vasariano (An Elevated Bridge)

AquaFlor Firenze

Witness the magic of perfumery here which will transport you into a different world! Nicola Bianchi is the master behind this. Not only for the exotic aroma, the place is a feast for the eyes with its beautiful display.
Last but not the least, check out their delicious Food!

Mercato Centrale/San Lorenzo Market

This is a huge food market area where you’ll find all that you need! You’ll find fresh herbs, candied fruits, cheeses, meat, and local goods on the ground floor. Upstairs, you can find all food items from Pizza to gelato. You can get Tuscan olive oils home as gifts. You need to try Panino con Lampredotto and Trippaio here, which are local delicacies here.
You can also head over to Santo Spirito square to check out some local coffee places and wine bars. Enjoy the fresh air and the great vibes here.
Check out Craft Cocktail and Aperitivo Tours for customized food tours on foot. You get to visit numerous cafes and bars with professional sommeliers and food historians.