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Florence 8 best things to do


The capital city of Tuscany, Italy, Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is a city that breathes art and architecture nested in the rolling hills and villas in the picturesque landscape. Its name, derived from the Latin words for 'flourishing' and 'prosperous, perfectly captures its essence. The city's winding alleys, charming piazzas, and the idyllic Arno River beckon visitors. Every street is a gateway to its glorious past, with Columbus facades, arches, and bustling markets awaiting to unfold the tale of instantly creative Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Vinci, Botticelli, and more. Art is not confined to museums but is a part of everyday life in Florence, epitomized by its people. 

1. Piazza del Duomo—the heart of Florence and architectural triumph. The iconic piazza consists of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, and St. John's Baptistery, which UNESCO recognizes as World Heritage Sites. The majestic and pompous Brunelleschis Duomo's intricate, unique, and ornate interior is a sight to behold. Even though tourists overrun the piazza, you can't get enough of the view and can always enjoy the view from great eateries and cafes. It will flare up all your imagination. 

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

2. Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge built in 1345, is a must-visit in Florence. Once the home of Buchtars, it now houses jewelers and souvenir shops. As the only surviving bridge from World War II in Florence, it is a testament to the city's resilience. The picturesque surroundings and serene atmosphere make it a perfect spot to soak in the views and reflect on the city's history.

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery

3. Uffizi Gallery: This prestigious museum, not just in Italy but worldwide, is a treasure trove of famous artwork from the 12th to the 17th centuries. From the Birth of Venus to the Primavera Painting by Sandro Botticelli, Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch, each piece is a testament to Florence's rich artistic heritage—painting by Andrea del Verrocchio Venus of Urbino, Titian, and many more notable works. Buy tickets here: Uffizi Tickets

Michael Angel's David

Michael Angel's David

4. Galleria dell' Accademia—Hereyou will meet Michael Angel's David, a statue more than 17 feet tall and carved from a single piece of marble block. It is unbelievably impressive. This museum is also a great treasure of many Renaissance masterpieces. Buy tickets here: Academia Tickets

5. At historic Piazza della Signoria, you will feel like you are in a time machine with its medieval-looking architecture, fountains, monuments, and statues. This large piazza enhances the true essence of Florence. It consists of the essential building, Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence. 

6. Piazalle Michaelangelo- nestled in the Monte Pincio mountain south of the Arno River, offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. It may not be as close as the other tourist attractions, but the journey is worth it for its breathtaking panoramic hilltop views. From here, you can admire the iconic Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, feeling a sense of peace and serenity wash over you.

7. Giardino Bardini—Florence's one of the best-kept secrets. It is an Italian Renaissance garden of the Villa Bardini in the hilly part of Oltrarno, offering enchanting views of Florence. The astonishing alley of Wisteria creates a dreamy vibe. Walk in the garden and enjoy the surreal smell of fresh flowers and breathtaking views.

8. Piazza Santa Croce,  with its bustling atmosphere, and Santa Croce Basilica, the Gothic-Renaissance church, are charming attractions in Florence. The latter is more significant because it is the final resting place of Michelangelo and Galileo. 

Some Snippets

  1. Florence is a walkable city, besides a few attractions.
  2. There are no public toilets in Florence.
  3. There is no Uber. You can use a local taxi service (appTaxi), bus or train. 


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