Must-see attractions in Florence

  • June 26, 2018: Art inside the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) in the Historic Centre of Florence.
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    Galleria degli Uffizi

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    Home to the world's greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art, Florence's premier gallery occupies the vast U-shaped Palazzo degli Uffizi (1560–80),…

  • Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany.

    Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

    Santa Maria Novella

    The striking green-and-white marble facade of 13th- to 15th-century Basilica di Santa Maria Novella fronts an entire monastical complex, comprising…

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    Palazzo Vecchio

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    This fortress palace, with its crenellations and 94m-high tower, was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio between 1298 and 1314 for the signoria (city government…

  • Museo di San Marco on the piazza di San Marco.

    Museo di San Marco

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    At the heart of Florence's university area sits Chiesa di San Marco and an adjoining 15th-century Dominican monastery where both gifted painter Fra'…

  • Italy Florence Santa Maria Del Fiore.


    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    Florence's duomo is the city's most iconic landmark. Capped by Filippo Brunelleschi's red-tiled cupola, it's a staggering construction whose breathtaking…

  • MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 04:  A statue is displayed during the opening exhibition of new Grande Museo del Duomo on November 4, 2013 in Milan, Italy.The opening of the new Grande Museo of Duomo in Palazzo Reale: 27 showrooms, 2000 square meters, 13 thematic areas where the most important treasures of Fabbrica del Duomo are preserved.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

    Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    This awe-inspiring story of how the duomo and its cupola came to life is told in this well-executed museum. Among its sacred and liturgical treasures are…

  • FLORENCE in Italy with the great dome of the Cathedral called Duomo di Firenze.

    Cupola del Brunelleschi

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    A Renaissance masterpiece, the duomo's cupola – 91m high and 45.5m wide – was built between 1420 and 1436. Filippo Brunelleschi, taking inspiration from…

  • Crowded gallery by tourists trying to take photo to david sculpture in accademia.

    Galleria dell'Accademia

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    A queue marks the door to this gallery, built to house one of the Renaissance's most iconic masterpieces, Michelangelo's David. But the world's most…

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    Museo delle Cappelle Medicee

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    Nowhere is Medici conceit expressed so explicitly as in the Medici Chapels. Adorned with granite, marble, semiprecious stones and some of Michelangelo's…

  • Basilica of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) in Florence, Italy

    Basilica di Santa Croce

    Santa Croce

    The austere interior of this Franciscan basilica is a shock after the magnificent neo-Gothic facade enlivened by varying shades of coloured marble. Most…

  • Florence, Italy - August 16, 2019: Tourists walking near the Palazzo Pitti or the Pitti Palace, is a vast Renaissance palace in Florence, Italy
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    Palazzo Pitti

    Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

    Commissioned by banker Luca Pitti in 1458, this Renaissance palace was later bought by the Medici family. Over the centuries, it was a residence of the…

  • Tourists in line in Bargello palace in Florence.

    Museo del Bargello

    Santa Croce

    It was behind the stark walls of Palazzo del Bargello, Florence's earliest public building, that the podestà (governing magistrate) meted out justice from…

  • Museo degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy

    Museo degli Innocenti

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    Shortly after its founding in 1421, Brunelleschi designed the loggia for Florence's Ospedale degli Innocenti, a foundling hospital and Europe's first…

  • Brancacci Chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, famous of Renaissance frescoes, Florence

    Cappella Brancacci


    Fire in the 18th century practically destroyed 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine, but it spared its magnificent chapel frescoes – a…

  • FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: General view of the english artist Tony Cragg's exhibition "Transfer" preview at Museo Novecento on September 21, 2022 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Getty Images)

    Museo Novecento

    Santa Maria Novella

    Don't allow the Renaissance to distract you from Florence's fantastic modern art museum, at home in a 13th-century pilgrim shelter, hospital and school. A…

  • Florence, Italy - November 5, 2016: wall of Palazzo Davanzati, home of Museum of the Old Florentine House (Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica). The Palace was erected in second half of 14th cent
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    Museo di Palazzo Davanzati

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    Home to the wealthy Davanzati merchant family from 1578, this 14th-century palazzo (mansion) with a wonderful central loggia gives you a view into…

  • Boboli Gardens in Florence
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    Giardino di Boboli

    Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

    Behind Palazzo Pitti, the fountain- and sculpture-adorned Boboli Gardens – slowly but surely being restored to their former pristine glory thanks to a €2…

  • Giotto's bell tower at the Piazza del Duomo in Florence
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    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    The 414-step climb up the cathedral's 85m-tall campanile, begun by Giotto in 1334, rewards with staggering city views. The first tier of bas-reliefs…

  • Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Florence

    Basilica di San Lorenzo

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    Considered one of Florence's most harmonious examples of Renaissance architecture, this unfinished basilica was the Medici parish church and mausoleum. It…

  • Facade view of the Santo Spirito church in Florence. Florence, Tuscany - Italy

    Basilica di Santo Spirito


    The facade of this Brunelleschi church, smart on Florence's most shabby-chic piazza, makes a striking backdrop to open-air concerts in summer. Inside, the…

  • Giardino torrigiani


    Giardino Torrigiani


    Astonishing. Behind the unassuming facades of Via de' Serragli lies a vast, secret garden – Europe’s largest privately owned green space...

  • Italy, Florence, River Arno and Ponte Vecchio
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    Ponte Vecchio


    Dating from 1345, iconic Ponte Vecchio was the only Florentine bridge to survive destruction at the hands of retreating German forces in 1944. Above…

  • Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a square with a panoramic view of Florence.  It was designed by the architect Giuseppe Poggi and built in 1869 on a hill just south of the historic center

    Piazzale Michelangelo

    Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

    Turn your back on the bevy of ticky-tacky souvenir stalls flogging David statues and boxer shorts and take in the spectacular city panorama from this vast…

  • Arches of the Vasari Corridor (Corridoio Vasariano) in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. View of the Lungarno degli Archibusieri. Florence is a popular tourist destination of Europe.

    Corridoio Vasariano

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    This 1km-long covered passageway, currently closed for restoration work, connects Palazzo Vecchio with the Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti. Vasari designed it in…

  • The Nomboli snack bar has plenty of outdoor seating

    Battistero di San Giovanni

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    This 11th-century baptistry – the oldest religious building on the vast cathedral square – is a Romanesque, octagonal-striped structure of white-and-green…

  • Panoramic view over River Arno and Florence from the Bardini Gardens, Florence (Firenze), Tuscany, Italy, Europe

    Villa e Giardino Bardini

    Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

    This 17th-century villa and garden was named after 19th-century antiquarian art collector Stefano Bardini (1836–1922), who bought it in 1913 and restored…

  • The tabernacle in Or San Michele.

    Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    This unusual and inspirational church, with a Gothic tabernacle by Andrea Orcagna, was created when the arcades of an old grain market (1290) were walled…

  • Decorative detail from Laurentian Library, by Michelangelo (1475-1564), Florence. Italy, 16th century.

    Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    Beyond the Basilica di San Lorenzo ticket office lie peaceful cloisters framing a garden with orange trees. Stairs lead up the loggia to the Biblioteca…

  • Basilica di Santa Trinità

    Santa Maria Novella

    Built in Gothic style and later given a mannerist facade, this 14th-century church shelters some of the city's finest frescoes. Right of the main altar,…

  • Palazzo Strozzi

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    This 15th-century Renaissance mansion was built for wealthy merchant Filippo Strozzi, one of the Medici's major political and commercial rivals. Today it…

  • Clet

    Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

    Should you notice something gone awry with street signs in Oltrarno – on a No Entry sign, a tiny black figure stealthily sneaking away with the white bar…

  • Museo Marino Marini

    Santa Maria Novella

    Deconsecrated in the 19th century, Chiesa di San Pancrazio is home to this small art museum displaying sculptures by Pistoia-born sculptor Marino Marini …

  • Cenacolo di Sant’Apollonia

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    Once part of a sprawling Benedictine monastery, this cenacolo (refectory) harbours arguably the city’s most remarkable Last Supper scene. Painted by…

  • Street Levels Gallery

    Santa Maria Novella

    Take a break from Renaissance art with this pioneering urban street-art gallery. Exhibitions showcase the work of local street artists, including street…

  • Fondazione Salvatore Romano


    For a change of pace from the Renaissance, head to this Gothic-style former refectory safeguarding an imposing wall fresco by Andrea Orcagna depicting the…

  • Via de' Tornabuoni

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    Renaissance palaces and Italian fashion houses border Via de' Tornabuoni, the city's most expensive shopping strip. Named after a Florentine noble family …

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Fountain of Neptune, Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy.

    Piazza della Signoria

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    The hub of local life since the 13th century, Florentines flock here to meet friends and chat over early-evening aperitivi (predinner drinks) at historic…

  • Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, dancing room, ceiling decorated in 1670 by Luca Giordano

    Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

    San Lorenzo & San Marco

    Cosimo the Elder entrusted Michelozzo with the design of the family's town house in 1444. The result was this palace, a blueprint that influenced the…

  • Italy, Florence, view across to San Miniato al Monte from Forte di Belvedere, with many cypress trees.

    Forte di Belvedere

    Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

    Forte di Belvedere is a rambling fort designed by Bernardo Buontalenti for Grand Duke Ferdinando I at the end of the 16th century. From the massive…

  • Galileo Museo, museum hallway signage

    Museo Galileo

    Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

    On the Arno river next to the Uffizi in 12th-century Palazzo Castellani – look for the sundial telling the time on the pavement outside – is this state-of…

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