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Top 20 interesting places to see in Florence

Italy is famous for the fact that its cities are like open-air museums, and Florence is no exception. Today we will tell you what are the most interesting places to see in Florence for every tourist.

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The best way to begin your Florence experience is with an experienced local guide who will show you all the most interesting places in the city and tell you their history. And we will briefly tell you about some of them.

1. Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa Maria, whose dome is well known to tourists by postcards and photos in guidebooks, has long been a landmark and visiting card of Florence. Like many churches and temples in Italy, Santa Maria del Fiore is a true treasure trove. The magnificent architecture of the building is equal to the grandeur and luxury of the interior, as are the artistic gems of the cathedral – the paintings of Michelangelo’s The Mourning of Christ and Donatello’s Mary Magdalene. And from the observation deck on the cathedral’s dome you can enjoy a magnificent view of Florence.

St. Mary's Cathedral - Florence, photo

  • Address : The cathedral is located at Piazza del Duomo, 17.
  • Opening hours:
    • Cathedral :
      • Monday through Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 to 17:00;
      • Thursday from 10:00 to 15:30,
      • Saturday from 10:00 to 16:45 (until 15:30 every first Saturday of the month);
      • Sunday – 1:30 to 4:45 p.m.
      • daily from 08:30 to 19:00,
      • Saturday – 08:30 to 16:40 (until 15:20 every first Saturday of the month).
      • daily from 09:00 to 19:30,
      • On Sunday from 09:00 to 13:45.
      • Entrance to the cathedral is free.
      • Entrance to the museum and crypt – €10.

      2. Ponte Vecchio Bridge

      Probably the most recognizable bridge in the city, which should also be put on your list of must-see places to go in Florence. The bridge spans the Arno River and in the evenings the twinkling lights make it look like a fairy tale come to life.

      Ponte Vecchio bridge, photo

      • Location : Ponte Vecchio is close to Palazzo Vecchio and the Galileo Museum on one side and Piazza Santa Felicita on the other.

      3. Palazzo Vecchio

      Impressed by the romance of the Vecchio Bridge, go to the palazzo of the same name in Florence, or as the Florentines say, “palazzo.” Conceived originally as a fortification, it later became the residence of the ruling Medici family. Today visitors can admire the rich interior decoration of the palace and the majestic splendor of the interiors in the best traditions of the Italian nobility.

      Palazzo Vecchio

      • Address : The palace is located at Piazza Signoria, 1.
      • Prices : Tickets cost €6.

      4. Uffizi Gallery

      It would be a crime to visit Florence without visiting the world famous Uffizi Gallery. It is certainly worthy of its stature as the treasury of Florence: it houses such world masterpieces as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”, the Holy Family by Michelangelo, as well as works by Giotto, Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci.

      Uffizi Gallery, photo

      The Uffizi Gallery is the best place to get to know the Italian Renaissance, so if you are interested in art, it is advisable to make time to visit it.

      • Address of the gallery : Piazzale degli Uffizi.
      • Opening hours :
        • Tuesday through Saturday from 8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m.
        • Weekends: Monday, December 25 and 31 and May 1.

        5. Piazza della Signoria

        Like every corner of Florence, this square is a living history: in ancient times it was the seat of the government of the Republic of Florence (Signoria), from which it takes its name.

        Piazza della Signoria, photo

        This is also where state affairs were carried out and sentences were carried out. Today people come to Piazza della Signoria to admire the beautiful statues that adorn it: a copy of Michelangelo’s David Michelangelo’s “David”, Donatello’s “Hercules” and “Judith”, and definitely throw a coin into the “Neptune” fountain to come back here again.

        • How to get there: you can reach it on foot in 15 minutes from Santa Maria Novella train station.

        6. Piazza Michelangelo

        A must-see in Florence if you’re on the hunt for the best panorama of Florence: the observation deck in Piazza Michelangelo is a 5+!

        The view is especially good at sunset and in the evening – in the light of the thousands of lights of the city spreading out below.

        Piazza Michelangelo, view from observation deck

        7. Boboli Gardens

        Boboli Gardens is an exceptional example of Renaissance garden art. Stroll along winding paths, explore mysterious grottoes or enjoy the beauty of the park in one of the gazebos or by the fountain. Visit the park’s observation deck, it offers a beautiful view of Florence.

        Boboli Gardens - Florence, photo

        • Location : The Boboli Gardens are located in Piazza Pitti (adjacent to Palazzo Pitti).
        • Opening hours :
          • November-February – from 08:15 to 16:30,
          • March from 08:15 to 17:30;
          • April, May, September and October from 08:15 to 18:30;
          • June-August – from 08:15 to 19:30.

          8. The Basilica of San Lorenzo

          The chapel at the Church of San Lorenzo is without a doubt one of Michelangelo’s most outstanding creations and landmarks in Florence. Everything about it, including the decoration and the many sculptures, makes a lasting impression. Particularly noteworthy are the allegorical figures of day, night, evening and morning, which adorn the sarcophagi, as well as the magnificent statue of the Madonna and Child.

          Basilica of San Lorenzo

          • How to get there : Take bus number C1 (get off at the same stop) to San Lorenzo church.
          • Opening hours: The chapel is open from 08:15 to 16:50 daily, except on public holidays (December 25th, January 1st and May 1st).
          • Prices: Tickets cost €8.

          9. Palazzo Medici Riccardi

          Once the seat of the powerful Medici family, today the palace serves as the seat of the Prefecture of the city and is partially open to the public. The Chapel of the Magi, decorated with a fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli, and some of the palace’s apartments will certainly be of interest to tourists.

          Palazzo Medici Riccardi, photo

          • Address : Via Camillo Cavour, 3.
          • Opening hours : The palazzo is open every day (except Wednesdays) from 09:00 to 19:00.
          • Prices: Tickets cost €5. No photos are allowed.

          10. Loggia Lanzi

          A real open-air museum in Florence, this gallery in Piazza della Signoria is definitely worth a visit!

          The best place to take a leisurely stroll under the arcade of the gallery, looking at the sculptures of ancient heroes by the best Italian masters, with each step immersed in the unique atmosphere of the ancient city. It doesn’t cost you a thing; this is one of the most interesting places in Florence that you can see for free.

          Loggia Lanzi, photo

          11. Bardini’s Garden

          Another green oasis amidst the stone labyrinths of Florentine streets can be found at Costa San Giorgio, 2. It is not yet so well known among tourists and has managed to retain the unique spirit of medieval Florence, and the viewpoints on the garden offer a magnificent view of the city.

          Bardini Garden - Florence, photo

          • Prices : You can enter the Bardini Garden with the same ticket as the Boboli Gardens (price €10).
          • Opening hours :
            • The garden is open in winter from 08:15 to 16:30 daily,
            • in March, from 08:15 to 17:30,
            • April to May and September to October, from 08:15 to 18:30.
            • and in summer from 08:15 to 19:30.

            12. the Basilica of Santo Spirito

            The Church of the Holy Spirit, located in Piazza Santo Spirito of the same name, is considered one of the best works of the famous architect Brunelleschi. Don’t be discouraged by the modest exterior of the church in Florence, but inside it will impress you with its splendid Renaissance-style decoration. The church has a museum of medieval art, where visitors can see two bas-reliefs by Donatello, as well as The Last Supper and Crucifixion by Andrea Orcagna.

            • Ticket price :
              • €5 (adult) and €3 (preferential).
              • Admission costs €2.20 and €1.70 respectively.
              • In summer from 09:00 to 17:00,
              • in winter – from 10:30 to 13:30 every day except monday.

              13. Stibbert Museum.

              An excellent item on the Florence itinerary and a must visit for anyone partial to the history of the Middle Ages. The museum has an extensive collection of weapons and ammunition from Europe and the East, as well as a display of costumes and art from that era.

              Stibbert Museum - Florence, photo

              • Opening hours :
                • Monday-Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m,
                • Friday-Sunday – from 10:00 to 18:00.
                • Weekend: Thursday.
                • €8 (full price)
                • and €6 concessionary (disabled, children under 12, pensioners).

                14. Villa Petraia.

                Florence, like a jewel box, never ceases to amaze: here and there something unexpected and interesting pops up. For example, the Villa Petraia, the former property of the Medici family (Via della Petraia, 40).

                Villa Petraia - Florence, photo

                You can walk through the apartments where members of the famous family lived, or you can imagine yourself as a Florentine nobleman and have a wonderful picnic in the villa’s garden. An added plus is that access to the villa and garden is free.

                • Location: near the airport of Amerigo Vespucci.
                • How to get there: take bus number 5 going in the direction of Rifredi Fs Vasco de Gama and get off at the Rigutini stop, from there it’s a 20 minutes walk to the villa.
                • Opening hours :
                  • January, February, November, December Monday to Friday – 08:15 to 16:30,
                  • April, May and September all days from 08:15 to 18:30,
                  • in March, from 08:15 to 17:30,
                  • In summer – from 08:15 to 19:30.

                  15. Neptune Fountain

                  When visiting Piazza della Signoria, be sure to see the Neptune Fountain by Bartolomeo Ammannati.

                  The impressive white marble sculptural group depicts the lord of the seas surrounded by a variety of mythical creatures like nymphs, satyrs and mermaids. The chariot of Neptune himself, drawn by seahorses and elaborately decorated with fanciful shells, deserves special attention.

                  Neptune fountain in Florence, photo

                  16. Galileo Museum

                  Since high school we all know the famous phrase of the great scientist that became a catch phrase: “And yet it turns. But to find out more about Galileo and his discoveries, visit the museum of the same name.

                  Here you will be shown and told (in Italian or English) what else this Italian was famous for besides astronomy. The rich and varied collection of the museum will fascinate even those who could not stand the idea of an exact science at school.

                  Galileo Museum - Florence, photo

                  • Address: Piazza dei Guidici, 1 within walking distance of the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Signoria.
                  • Opening hours: open every day from 09:30 to 18:00 (Tuesdays 09:30 to 13:00).
                  • Prices :
                    • admission ticket costs €9,
                    • For children from 6 to 18 years old €5.50,
                    • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children up to 18 years) €22.
                    • For children up to 6 years of age admission is free.

                    17. Museum of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

                    Often tourists, after visiting one of Florence’s main cathedrals, Santa Maria del Fiore, mistakenly believe that they have seen everything of interest. Well, they haven’t! The cathedral has a museum, and it is here that we don’t want to miss. Here you can find all the treasures of the Cathedral, such as Michelangelo’s Pietà, the wooden statue of Mary Magdalene by Donatello, the gilded plates of Ghiberti’s “Door of Paradise” and much more.

                    • Address: The museum is located in Piazza del Duomo, 9.
                    • Prices: Admission costs €6.
                    • Opening hours :
                      • 09:00 to 19:30 from Monday to Saturday,
                      • on Sundays, from 09:30 to 13:40.

                      18. Florence’s historic center

                      If you’re a seasoned visitor and don’t know what to do in Florence and want to experience the local beauty, we recommend the historic center.

                      Historical center of Florence, photo

                      The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of St. John, the Medici Palace, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the Museum of San Marco, the Gallery of the Academy – this is not a complete list of treasures that you will find here.

                      To see at least half of them, it’s worth getting a bus pass – the area is quite large. Santa Maria Novella Station is a good starting point.

                      19. Florence Baptistery

                      The Baptistery is next to the Duomo Cathedral and is famous for being the oldest building in Florence (mentions of it date back to the nineteenth century!). What is there to see? The stunningly beautiful interior, the Byzantine mosaics on the ceiling from the 13th century, and the famous gilded panels by Pisano and Ghiberti that decorate the doors.

                      Florence Baptistery, photo

                      • Opening Hours : The Baptistery is open
                        • Mondays to Saturdays from 08:30 to 19:00
                        • Sundays from 08:30 to 14:00.
                        • If you want to visit the cemetery, you’ll have to pay the same price.
                        • You can buy a general ticket (baptistery, cemetery, Duomo, museum) for €8.

                        20. Museum complex in the Palazzo Pitti

                        The museum is located in the Palazzo Pitti and is known for its extensive collection of art, which began to be collected even by Lorenzo de Medici, nicknamed “the Magnificent. Here you will find not only silver and gold jewelry, but also ancient amphorae and vases, ivory and famous jewelry of Venetian craftsmen of XIV century. And not to be missed, the main treasure of the exhibition, the miniature of Piazza della Signoria, decorated with gold and precious stones.

                        Palazzo Pitti

                        • Address : Piazza Pitti, 1.
                        • Opening hours :
                          • November to December from 08:15 to 16:30;
                          • March from 08:15 to 17:30;
                          • April-May and September-October from 08:15 to 18:30;
                          • In summer – from 08:15 to 19:30.

                          Hint: you can save money and buy a general ticket (Silver Museum + Boboli Gardens + Costume Museum) for €6. Another option is a 3-day ticket. With it you can see not only the Silver Museum, but also the Palatine Gallery (Pitti), Boboli Gardens, Costume Museum and Gallery of Modern Art – and only for €11.50.

                          10 beautiful places to visit in Tuscany, Italy

                          Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, with an extraordinary wealth of natural scenery, from the hills to the sea and the mountains, and an outstanding legacy of art cities and historic villages. It is the most famous and beloved region of Italy in the world. Sooner or later everyone wants to visit it.

                          The coast, islands, sanctuaries, forests, resorts, stately villas and pilgrimage routes are some of the wonders to visit, along with its museums and historical and architectural heritage. You are spoilt for choice. Here, in a necessarily limited selection, we will introduce you to 10 beautiful places in Tuscany.

                          10 beautiful places in Tuscany worth visiting

                          The vast and very rich territory of Tuscany offers masterpieces of art and natural spectacle that you can’t miss for the world. Its historic Renaissance towns, ancient medieval villages, hills with rows of vines and cypresses, natural parks and forests, nature reserves and hermitages along with the lush and wild coastline are just some of the endless beauties of Tuscany .

                          Here we give you some tips on 10 beautiful places in Tuscany that are worth seeing at least once in your life.

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                          10 beautiful places in Tuscany worth visiting

                          Florence

                          A visit to Tuscany cannot fail to include the city of Florence. At the cradle of the Renaissance is one of the most beautiful historic centers in the world. Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its imposing dome, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and churches in the center are just some of the wonders not to be missed . Don’t forget to go up to Piazza Michelangelo to admire the view of the city, and from here continue upward to reach the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte. Don’t miss the hills around Florence and the beautiful Fiesole. Florence is not too big and its historic center can easily be explored on foot .

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                          Florence

                          Siena and Chianti

                          The unmistakable scenography of Piazza del Campo makes Siena one of Italy’s most charming cities . Here, in July and August, the Palio, a wild horse race is held, in which all the inhabitants of the city, divided into districts and attracting tourists from all over the world, take part. The historic center of Siena is a masterpiece of medieval and Renaissance art, a testament to the ancient splendor of the city. Don’t miss the surrounding countryside with its picturesque Chianti hills dotted with picturesque vineyards and medieval villages.

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                          Siena and Chianti

                          Val d’Orcia.

                          Still in the province of Siena, south of the city towards the border with Umbria, is the spectacular valley of the Val d’Orcia with its gentle green hills dotted with pines and cypresses, where you can admire ancient farmhouses and magnificent churches. Among the municipalities and the most famous places from a historical and tourist point of view are Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia and the magnificent village of Bagno Vignoni, where many films and TV series are filmed.

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                          Val d’Orcia.

                          Lucca

                          Lucca is a Tuscan city with a rich historical center and beautifully preserved walls. A venue for important cultural events and occasions, Lucca will surprise you with its architectural masterpieces, churches, palaces, squares and towers surrounded by greenery. Also worth seeing are the magnificent villas outside of town. The seaside resort of Viareggio is just over half an hour away .

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                          Lucca

                          Less than 20 kilometers from Lucca is Pisa, the city known worldwide for its Tower of Pisa. In the central and highly visible Piazza Duomo, also known as Campo dei Miracoli, we can admire the Tower or Campanile di Santa Maria, the majestic cathedral in the original Pisa Romanesque style, the Baptistery and Campo Santo, some of the most monumental cemeteries in Italy . Piazza dei Cavalieri in the center is also worth seeing. Just outside the city, just south of the Arno, is Galileo International Airport, which connects Pisa to many European cities and tourist resorts with numerous inexpensive flights.

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                          Pisa

                          San Gimignano

                          In a guide to the wonders of Tuscany, you can’t miss the wonderful medieval village of San Gimignano, also in the province of Siena, near Colle Val d’Elsa. The peculiarity of San Gimignano lies in its numerous and tall towers, which emphasize its unmistakable profile . The village, which has kept most of its walls intact, preserves a valuable historical and artistic heritage consisting of numerous churches, palaces and arcades . A marvel that is rightly recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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                          San Gimignano

                          Arezzo

                          On the list of Tuscan cities to visit, of course, we cannot miss the beautiful Arezzo, the city of Petrarch. Here we also find an important historical and artistic heritage with ancient medieval palaces, towers and churches that contain authentic treasures. First of all, it is the Basilica di San Francesco, a small church which, however, houses one of the masterpieces of Renaissance painting: Piero della Francesca’s cycle of frescoes “The Legend of the True Cross”. Arezzo is also known for its curious trapeze-shaped and sloping central square, since ancient times a center of trade and events.

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                          Arezzo

                          Monte Argentario.

                          Among the natural beauties of Tuscany, it is impossible not to mention Monte Argentario with its natural park overlooking the sea. Today, Argentario is a promontory in the south of Tuscany, in the Maremma, in ancient times it was an island, then connected to the coast by sand cords (tomboli), which form the lagoon Orbetello . The whole area has a high natural value because of its biological richness and diversity of fauna. It is also a very popular tourist area.

                          Monte Argentario has the towns of Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole. The landscape of Monte Argentario, covered with Mediterranean bush that flows into the blue sea, is truly remarkable.

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                          Monte Argentario.

                          San Galgano

                          The splendid abbey of San Galgano is an architectural marvel created by atmospheric factors and is worth a visit in itself. It is the ruins of a 13th-century Gothic church that was later abandoned, causing the roof to collapse and grass to grow in place of the floor. The church was subsequently rebuilt and reinforced, but without reconstruction, leaving the walls and naves as they were.

                          On a nearby hill rises the Hermitage of Montesiepi , which houses the famous sword in stone that the medieval knight Galgano Guidotti, who later became San Galgano, stuck here during his conversion when he decided to live as a hermit . The abbey of San Galgano and the nearby Eremo di Montesidi are located in Cusino, in the province of Siena.

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                          San Galgano

                          Tuscan Archipelago

                          We conclude our review of the 10 beautiful places of Tuscany with another natural spectacle: the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, scattered over a large part of the Tyrrhenian Sea, from the island of Capraia in the north to the island of Gianniuto in the south, and divided between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. The main and most famous islands of the archipelago are Elba and Isola del Giglio, famous tourist destinations. Numerous islets, do not forget also the island of Montecristo, made famous by Dumas’ famous novel “The Count of Montecristo” . Montecristo is uninhabited and is a nature reserve. All islands of the archipelago are part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.

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