Among the most beautiful Italian cities of art there is certainly Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, a real open-air museum. There are many places not to miss in the Tuscan capital: the city is full of museums, palaces to visit, squares to walk around and churches to admire. In this article, however, we tried to advise you what to do in Florence absolutely in 5 experiences not to be missed. These are those things that, in our opinion, just can not miss during a visit to the city, whether you have chosen to visit Florence in one day or stay longer.
Visit Piazza Duomo and the Opera del Duomo Museum
Piazza Duomo is the heart of Florence. It is here that you can begin to understand and enjoy the beauty of a city that has no equal in Italy and the world.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo overlook Piazza Duomo.
These are all part of a large museum that can be visited with a single ticket. Buying it you can not only visit the Cathedral and the magnificent Baptistery, but also climb inside the immense Brunelleschi’s Dome to admire a fantastic view of Florence, access Giotto’s Bell Tower to catch another angle and then enter the Museum to learn more about the history of Piazza Duomo, a true artistic and architectural masterpiece.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery
A visit to Florence is not complete without a visit to the two most famous museums in the city.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most visited Italian museums by tourists and one of the most important in the world thanks to its immense collection. Inside there is the largest collection of works by Raphael and Botticelli and the fundamental works of Giotto, Titian, Pontormo, Bronzino, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio, Dürer and Rubens. You can also admire paintings by Giorgione, Titian, Ribera, Van Dyck, Leonardo, Cimabue and Caravaggio. A treasure of immense value.
The Accademia Gallery, on the other hand, exhibits the largest number of Michelangelo statues in the world, including the famous David, the most famous sculpture and the main reason why tourists decide to visit this museum.
Taste the local cuisine by participating in a food tour
Among the advice on what to do in Florence, you can not miss a delicious suggestion: Tuscan cuisine, and especially Florentine cuisine, is rich and tasty and is one of the most varied in Italy.
At Do Eat Better Experience we organize daily Food Tour of Florence to accompany guests from abroad to discover the most delicious and authentic traditional dishes. One of the reasons why we recommend taking part in a food tour in Florence is the opportunity to taste the best of Florentine cuisine: Tuscan cold cuts and cheeses, pici, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, panzanella and cantucci and Vin Santo are just some of the dishes that you can taste during our food and wine tour. In the meantime, between one dish and another, we will visit the center of Florence and discover its history, curiosities and characteristic corners.
An excellent opportunity to visit the city in a fun and special way, don’t you think?
Strolling in the Boboli Gardens
Among the not-to-be-missed stops in Florence is Palazzo Pitti, historic residence of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Inside you can visit the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Modern Art Gallery, the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Museum and the Costume Gallery.
The reason why we recommend you to go to Palazzo Pitti, however, is the Boboli Gardens, the largest green area of Florence. This place is not a simple park, but a real open-air museum: among statues and monuments, to visit it all and enjoy its magnificent views of Florence calculate at least a couple of hours.
Go up to Piazzale Michelangelo to admire Florence from above.
Finally, you cannot miss a walk to Piazzale Michelangelo. Do not be intimidated by the climb, because once you reach the top you will have all of Florence in front of you, in an unforgettable panorama.
The view ranges from the historic center to the surrounding hills: you can also see Fiesole.
The terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo was designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi and is part of an urban redevelopment and rethinking project carried out around the second half of the 19th century when Florence was to become the capital of Italy. The city became so for a short period, but the experience lasted very little. What remains, however, are some beautiful works like this one.
Before returning to the center, climb a few more steps to visit the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte, a beautiful example of Florentine Romanesque architecture.
We hope to have left you some interesting advice on what to do in Florence.
We are waiting for you to accompany you to discover the Tuscan flavors and the most authentic Florentine cuisine!