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Top Choice Gallery in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Galleria degli Uffizi

Home to the world's greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art, Florence's premier gallery occupies the vast U-shaped Palazzo degli Uffizi, built between 1560 and 1580 to house government offices. The collection…
Top Choice Museum in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Palazzo Vecchio

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). It remains the seat of the city's power, home to the mayor…
Top Choice Cathedral in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Duomo

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 pink, white and green marble facade and graceful campanile (b…
Top Choice Museum in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Grande Museo del Duomo

This awe-inspiring museum tells the magnificent story of how the duomo and its cupola was built through art and short films. Among its many sacred and liturgical treasures is Ghiberti's original 15th-century masterp…
Top Choice Landmark in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Cupola del Brunelleschi

A Renaissance masterpiece, the Duomo's cupola – 91m high and 45.5m wide – was built between 1420 and 1436. Filippo Brunelleschi, taking inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome, designed a distinctive octagonal form of…
Top Choice Bistro in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Irene

Named after the accomplished Italian grandmother of Sir Rocco Forte of the same-name luxury hotel group, Irene (actually part of neighbouring Hotel Savoy) is a dazzling contemporary bistro with a pavement terrace (h…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Benheart

The flagship store of Benheart, this gorgeous shop showcases the handmade leather designs – shoes, jackets, belts and bags for men and women – of local superstar Ben, a young Florentine fashion designer who set up t…
Top Choice Bar in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

La Terrazza Lounge Bar

This rooftop bar with wooden-decking terrace accessible from the 5th floor of the 1950s-styled, design Hotel Continentale is as chic as one would expect of a fashion-house hotel. Its aperitivo buffet is a modest aff…
Top Choice Bridge in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Corridoio Vasariano

This 1km-long covered passageway connects Palazzo Vecchio with the Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti. It was designed by Vasari in 1565 to allow the Medicis to wander between their palaces in privacy and comfort. In the 17th…
Top Choice Museum in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Museo di Palazzo Davanzati

This is the address to see precisely how Florentine nobles lived in the 16th century. Home to the wealthy Davanzati merchant family from 1578, this 14th-century palazzo with a wonderful central loggia is a gem. Peep…