Florence is an art historian’s dream. The Galleria dell'Accademia bursts with works by Michelangelo, who is entombed within the frescoed walls of the Basilica di Santa Croce. Budding photographers can snap pics of the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and serious shoppers can spend a blissful afternoon wandering the shops of Piazza Santo Spirito. Tuscan cuisine pays homage to the region’s bounty. Swipe a hunk of crusty bread across a pool of local olive oil and you’ll be instantly transported to your happiest place.
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4.5 based on 16 reviews
This large city square contains the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, the third largest Cathedral in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London.
An interesting walk while getting to the Duomo. The Piazza is a great walking place with plenty of shops and cafes, but the Piazza is getting crowded with immigrants selling knock offs who have become more than entrepreneurial, now they are becoming just annoying and they hurt the overall experience.
4.5 based on 26 reviews
This 19th century piazza has undoubtedly the best panoramic view of Florence. The square is decorated with copies of Michelangelo's sculptures, but it's the view people come here to see.
I went to Piazzale Michelangelo twice, both time I had an amazing experience, the views of the Florence downtown and Tuscany villas on the side hills are spectacular. Get your camera, a bottle of wine and some cheese, then sit ther with your companion and enjoy the changing views as the days progresses. Sunsets are a must!
4.5 based on 14 reviews
Since its beginning during the Middle Ages, the Piazza della Signoria has been the political heart of the city.
Amazing piazza with Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi and the beautiful lodge with amazing works of arts: original statues by Cellini and other masters in marble and bronze. The copy of David is in front of Palazzo. There is a lot of interesting history like secret passage from Palazzo to Pitti palace, there is a marked spot where Savonarola was burned and lots of other interesting facts and monuments. Most importantly, a gorgeous square.
4.5 based on 23 reviews
Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, the Cathedral's trademark dome is now the symbol of Florence.
Spent two hours queueing to go into the Cathedral, once we were inside we were absolutely shocked and disappointed as there is nothing to see. It is more spectacular from the outside than the inside. Do not waste your time queueing hours, spend it looking round some of the smaller church’s or even wondering around the quaint streets. Really, there is nothing to see !!!!!
4.5 based on 28 reviews
One of the great museums of the world, the Uffizi houses the premier collection of Italian Renaissance art, featuring works by such masters as Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo and da Vinci.
Get your hotel to sort out reserved tickets, you will still queue but not as long. By the time you finish you will be sick of Madonna and Child pictures. However this is a must do. Would recommend every time. Take time to look out on the cafe Terrace, interesting view. If you are looking for the gift shop it is spread out so don’t think the first disappointing bit is it.
4.5 based on 26 reviews
Europe's first school of drawing, this museum of art is chiefly famous for its several sculptures by Michelangelo, notably his David, in addition to an extensive collection of 15th- and 16th-century paintings.
check this off your bucket list...if it's not on your bucket list, put in on!!!
to actually stand in front of David and see it in person is an incredible experience. also in the halls are other done my Michelangelo.
the key to this visit in getting a SKIP THE LINE ticket whether in advance or paying one of the tour groups outside. they do charge a premium but totally worth it considering you get an hour long history lesson using earpieces so you can hear the tour guide. they tell you not only the history of David, but all the other pieces there!
4.5 based on 10 reviews
Open-air market that has a cast-iron structure dating back to 1874, which offers a variety of food shops catering to local residents and restaurants.
Went to see the disappointing outdoor market outside but found the indoor food market much more interesting. Great smells and colours and nice to see real Italians going about there day to day lives rather than hawkers pushing tourist goods. Just how many handbags can one city display?
4.5 based on 14 reviews
Erected during Roman times, this is the most ancient and photographed bridge in Florence, which is characterized by three arches and two wide arcades on each side housing the famous and unusual "botteghe" or shops.
Ponte Vecchio is a beautifully built bridge, BUT, instead of the historic meaning behind the bridge, is now covered in tourist shops and street venders that are just there to rip off tourists. Walk through and see it, but don’t spend money here.
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