Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Museo di 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' Angelico (c 1395–1455) and the sharp-tongued Savonarola piously se…
Top Choice Gallery in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Galleria dell'Accademia

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 famous statue is worth the wait. The subtle detail of the real thi…
Top Choice Mausoleum in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Museo delle Cappelle Medicee

Nowhere is Medici conceit expressed so explicitly as in the Medici Chapels. Adorned with granite, marble, semi-precious stones and some of Michelangelo's most beautiful sculptures, it is the burial place of 49 dynas…
Top Choice Tuscan in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Trattoria Mario

Arrive by noon to ensure a stool around a shared table at this noisy, busy, brilliant trattoria – a legend that retains its soul (and allure with locals) despite being in every guidebook. Charming Fabio, whose grand…
Top Choice Food Hall in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Mercato Centrale

Wander the maze of stalls rammed with fresh produce at Florence's oldest and largest food market, on the ground floor of a fantastic iron-and-glass structure designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1874. Head to t…
Top Choice Museum in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Museo degli Innocenti

Shortly after its founding in 1421, Brunelleschi designed the loggia for Florence's Ospedale degli Innocenti, a foundling hospital and Europe's first orphanage, built by the wealthy silk weavers' guild to care for u…
Top Choice International in San Lorenzo & San Marco

La Ménagère

Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, good coffee or cocktails after dark, this bright industrial-styled space lures Florence's hip brigade. The concept store is a fashionable one-stop shop for chic china and tableware, d…
Top Choice Fashion in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Street Doing

Vintage couture for men and women is what this extraordinary rabbit warren of a boutique – surely the city's largest collection of vintage – is about. Carefully curated garments and acessories are in excellent condi…
Top Choice Cafe in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Ditta Al Cinema

At home in Florence's historic La Compagnia cinema, the third and most recent space of iconic coffee roaster and gin bar Ditta Artigianiale doesn't disappoint. Some 150 different labels of gin jostle for the limelig…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Lo Sverso

In a part of town where drinking holes are unusually scarce, stylish Lo Sverso is a real gem. Bartenders shake cocktails using homemade syrups (any cocktail using their feisty basil syrup is a winner), the craft bee…