Tuscany’s capital is one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations and one of the country’s most loved and visited art cities. History, culture and beauty blend together creating a historical centre that is surprising in every corner. There are so many attractions to see in the city that it is almost impossible to describe them all, but there are 10 places to visit in Florence that you should keep in mind. We tell you about them below.
1. The Church of Santa Maria Novella
The Church of Santa Maria Novella is probably one of the first places you will visit when you arrive in Florence. This magnificent masterpiece of Romanesque-Tuscan art stands near the city’s main train station.
Inside is Masaccio’s Trinity, one of the most famous and important works of Italian religious art.
2. Cathedral Square
Piazza Duomo is the heart of Florence, perhaps the city’s most symbolic place, and certainly one of the most exciting.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s imposing dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni form a veritable open-air museum.
We suggest you climb the dome for an unforgettable experience and “climb” the stairs to the top of the Bell Tower to enjoy one of the most spectacular views of Florence.
A visit to Piazza Duomo would not be complete without an entrance to the interesting Museo del Duomo, where you will discover the history of the construction of one of the most spectacular works of the Italian Renaissance.
3. Piazza della Signoria
Another place to visit in Florence is absolutely Piazza della Signoria, the centre of the city’s social life.
This is where you’ll find Palazzo Vecchio, a building considered to be the finest example of 14th-century Italian architecture.
At the centre of the building stands the 94-metre-high Torre di Arnolfo, while outside, at its entrance, stands a copy of Michelangelo’s David.
Today it houses the offices of the City Council and an interesting museum.
Piazza della Signoria is also one of the places you will visit if you decide to take part in our Traditional Gastronomic Tour of Florence, a guided tour during which you will not only discover the most beautiful attractions of the city, but you will also have the chance to taste some of the most delicious dishes of the Tuscan tradition!
If you want to know why this is an unmissable occasion, discover the reasons why it is worth taking part in a food tour in Florence!
4. The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is undoubtedly the city’s most famous museum.
Its collection includes works by Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Titian, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci: a collection of priceless masterpieces.
Our advice is to book your tickets in advance, wear comfortable shoes and plan to spend at least half a day inside.
5. Old Bridge
Once you’re out of the Uffizi Gallery, one of Florence’s must-sees is the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s symbols.
Where once there were vegetable and butcher shops, today there are a series of jewellery shops, but the charm of the place has remained the same, unchanged over the centuries.
Above the shops is the Corridoio Vasariano, a link between the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti built in 1565 by Cosimo I De’ Medici.
This bridge was the only one in the city to be spared by the Germans during World War II.
6. Pitti Palace
Palazzo Pitti was the historic residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
Today there are numerous exhibitions and displays inside: you can visit the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Museum and the Costume Gallery.
However, what we strongly suggest you don’t miss is a visit to the Boboli Gardens, one of the largest parks in Florence, a fascinating and magical place to stroll in serenity.
7. The Basilica of Santa Croce
This church is one of the most important places to visit in Florence.
Here you can not only admire the beautiful chapels frescoed by Giotto and Cimabue’s Crucifix, but you can also see Michelangelo’s tomb, Dante’s cenotaph and the monument dedicated to Vittorio Alfieri.
The Basilica di Santa Croce houses the remains of some of the most important figures in Italian history, art and literature: Ugo Foscolo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolò Macchiavelli rest in peace here.
8. The Accademia Gallery
Another of Florence’s must-see museums is the Accademia Gallery.
It houses works by artists such as Botticelli, Pontorno and Ghirlandaio. The most famous work, however, is Michelangelo’s David, the imposing Carrara marble statue that continues to enchant visitors from all over the world.
As with the Uffizi Gallery, the advice is to buy your tickets in advance so that you don’t lose time on the spot and risk not being able to get in.
9. Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the places to visit in Florence if you want to take some great photos of the city.
The view from here is unique and wonderful: the city will appear to you in all its splendour and the places we have just mentioned will be recognisable on the horizon.
Once there, don’t miss the chance to climb up to the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte, one of the most beautiful churches in Florence.
10. The Central Market
On the ground floor you will find the classic butchers’, fishmongers’ and fruit and vegetable stalls. On the upper floor, however, you can choose one of the many restaurants to enjoy an excellent lunch.
We hope you find our tips on places to visit in Florence useful and suggest you also read our guide to visiting Florence in one day.