Florence is one of the most popular travel cities in Italy, a beautiful
Renaissance city in the heart of Tuscany.
In Florence, one can find some of Italy's best museums, beautiful cathedrals and churches,
charming streets and squares with elegant buildings and shops.
While in Florence, here are some of the top places which are a must see. Most of the sites
lie in Florence's compact historic center (centro storico), which was awarded UNESCO world
heritage status in 1982.
- Il Duomo: :: Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence's most popular site is its Duomo (cathedral), the Cattedrale
di Santa Maria del Fiore.
- The Baptistry
The Baptistry of John the Baptist, from the 11th century, is one
of Florence's oldest buildings.
- The Bell Tower
The Campanile, bell tower, is in Piazza del Duomo. The first story
was designed by Giotto and it is commonly called Giotto's Campanile.
- Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio
Florence's most famous square is Piazza della Signoria, the heart
of the historic center and a free open-air sculpture exhibit.
- Galleria degli Uffizi
The Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) holds the world's most
important collection of Renaissance art but it's also Italy's
most crowded museum. You can buy tickets ahead to avoid long lines.
- Galleria dell'Accademia
Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia holds important paintings and
sculptures from the 13th-16th centuries. Michelangelo's David,
probably the most famous sculpture in the world, is in the Galleria
- Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), built in 1345, was Florence's
first bridge across the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge
from Florence's medieval days (others were destroyed in World
- Boboli Garden
Cross the Ponte Vecchio to the Boboli Garden, a huge park on a
hillside in the middle of Florence behind the Pitti Palace. Here
you'll find beautiful gardens and fountains and a great view of
Florence from the Forte Belvedere.
- Pitti Palace
The Pitti Palace, Florence's largest palazzo, was once the seat
of the Medici family. You can visit 8 different galleries, including
art, costumes, jewelry, and apartments.
- Santa Croce
Santa Croce, in Piazza Santa Croce, is the largest Franciscan
church in Italy and holds the tombs of several important Florentines
including Michelangelo and Dante.
Florence has some of the finest shopping in Europe. In Florence
you'll find leather goods, paper goods, and jewellry as well as
nice souvenirs and art productions. Florence has a number of open
air markets selling food, clothing, and antiques. The most famous
is around Piazza San Lorenzo where you'll find leather goods,
too. Another good place is Mercato Nuovo (Porcellino) on Via Porta
Rossa. Mercato Centrale is a great place for food shopping or