Museo del Bargello
It was behind the stark exterior of Palazzo del Bargello, Florence's earliest public building, that the podestà meted out justice from...
Strut through the chic cafe, bookshop and icon store to reach this surprisingly interesting museum. It tells the tale of the Gucci...
Italy by Segway
Guided Segway tours (€75, three hours) as well as more mainstream bike tours (€35, three hours) in the morning or at sunset. Reserve in...
Gucci Museo Caffè
Everything from the crockery to G-shaped sugar 'cubes' might be emblazoned with the Gucci monogram. But over-zealous branding aside,...
La Canova di Gustavino
The rear dining room of this atmospheric enoteca is lined with shelves of Tuscan wine – the perfect accompaniment to homemade black...
Badia Fiorentina information
Lonely Planet review
Founded in 979 by the Countess Matilda of Tuscany, the woman who also granted the city its liberty upon her death, the Badia Fiorentina (Florentine Abbey) is among the city’s oldest institutions built just as Florence emerged from the Dark Ages. Except for the Romanesque campanile (bell tower), today’s church is largely a Renaissance construct, with a splendid coffered ceiling and Filippino Lippi’s Apparition of the Virgin to St Bernard to your left as you enter through the small cloister. It is here that Dante watched Beatrice at her prayers in the 1270s. The church is open to visitors three hours a week. Otherwise it is reserved for prayer and meditation.