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10 things to do in Florence

Top 10 things to do in the cradle of Renaissance

Even if the list of things to do in Florence should be tailor-made depending on your interests and preferences, in this selection of activities we have inserted a list of 10 things that best represent the essence of this city.

These are useful above all if you visit Florence for the first time and if you not only want to explore its artistic side, but also would like to have a better “local insight”.

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Even if it is not as impressive as the Duomo, the church of Orsanmichele is the one defined the “most Florentine” of all. You should have a look. You will find it in via de' Calzaiuoli, between Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio.

What to do in Florence: the Rose and Iris Gardens

Ok, the Boboli Gardens are extremely beautiful, but, especially in May the Rose Garden – embellished since 1998 by the Japanese Garden «Shorai» - and the Iris Garden – where you will be able to see more than 2000 varieties of this flower – deserve all your attention. They are located a few steps away from Piazza Michelangelo.

What to do in Florence: around the street markets

A little shopping and stroll around the street markets had to be present in our list of things to do in Florence: the market of San Lorenzo, the one of Sant’Ambrogio, the Mercato delle Cascine and the flea-market in Piazza dei Ciompi.

What to do in Florence: Along the viale dei Colli

Romantic and panoramic. Do not miss the chance to walk along Viale dei Colli. This walk will lead you from Porta Romana to the San Niccolò Bridge, a long way where you will find gardens and the way up to San Miniato and its monumental cemetery.

What to do in Florence: taste the Florentine DOC tomato soup

Pappa al Pomodoro is a typical Tuscan dish of the so called “cucina povera” (peasant food). Even if its ingredients are simple, it is not easy to find the original peasant recipe…so don’t miss the opportunity to be invited by a real Florentine and you will be sure to taste the real Pappa al Pomodoro.

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What to do in Florence: Spend an evening at the Caffetteria delle Oblate

Once an old monastery of the 1300s, the Caffetteria delle Oblate is located on the second floor of the library with the same name. It offers good food with a breathtaking view over the Duomo and the Brunelleschi dome. Every evening a theme music event is organized. It is one of the most alternative places, that should not be missed in Florence.

What to do in Florence: Eat as a local at the trippai with the pushcart

Florentine street food is nowadays represented by the Trippai (tripe sellers) with the pushcart, who carry on the centenary tradition of the Tripperie with a more economic and quick formula. With little money you will be able to eat like a local and taste some of the main culinary specialties of the city: boiled meats, braised beef, lampredotto, tripe and beans!

What to do in Florence: Take part in the finals of the Florentine Historic Soccer

Every year in June, along with the celebration of the Saint patron of the city, a tournament of Florentine Soccer is organized: 4 teams, one for each of the ancient neighborhoods of the city, play each other wearing traditional costumes. It is different from the kind of soccer we all know – the Florentine soccer is a mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling. It is a unique event that we suggest not to miss.

What to do in Florence: There is more than the Uffizi

If you really love art you should not only visit the Uffizi and the Gallery of the Academy. Less crowded and full of surprises are, only to list a few, the Museo Bardini, La Specola, the Last Suppers and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (literally Workshop of semi-precious stones). 

What to do in Florence: The most beautiful view of Florence

Fiesole is a small Etruscan town located on a hill a few minutes from Florence. Visit the Etruscan-Roman archaeological area and the Civic Museum, but above all walk up to the Monastery of San Francis to enjoy one of the most amazing panoramic views of Florence.

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