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10 things to see in Florence

Top 10 places to see in the Cradle of the Renaissance

Churches, historic buildings, galleries, gardens and museums… making a complete list of the places to visit in Florence it is almost impossible! We therefore made a small selection, a list of top places not to be missed, located in the city centre, World Heritage Site since 1982.

Here is a detailed list of what to see in Florence, a quick guide on its beauties and some useful information on these places, that you cannot miss.

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The Duomo, a Gothic cathedral dedicated to Saint Mary of the Flower, enchants each of its visitors. Located in the square with the same name, it is one of the first things to visit in Florence as it is its iconic landmark and the ideal starting point, that prepares you to the beauty of Florence. The entrance is free.

Things to see in Florence: Giotto’s Bell Tower
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Even if he did not see it finished, Giotto began building the most impressive bell tower of Florence (84.70 meters tall and about 15 wide) in 1334. Even if it is in fact the bell tower of Saint Mary of the Flower, it deserves a place of its own on the list of the top places to visit in Florence. Climbing up the bell tower will cost you 414 steps and…2 euros.

Things to see in Florence: Baptistery of Saint John
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Saint John the Baptist is the patron saint of Florence. The Baptistery standing in the square with the same name is dedicated to him. Its façade covered in white and green marble looks towards the Duomo. Its octagonal design and three magnificent bronze doors done by Andrea Pisano and Lorenzo Ghiberti can be easily recognized. The entrance is only free on John The Baptist Day (June 24th)

Things to see in Florence: Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio
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Built in the second half of 1200, Piazza della Signoria is the main square of Florence, ancient center of the civil power. It was once used for public executions, like the one of Girolamo Savonarola, who was hung and burnt there as heretic. The main building in the Piazza, in front of which stands a copy of Michelangelo’s David, is the Palazzo Vecchio, dating back to the 1300s, with its iconic Arnolfo Tower where a flag with the Florentine lily blows.

Things to see in Florence: Uffizi Gallery
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Botticelli’s Spring, Tiziano’s Venus of Urbino, Lippi’s Madonna and Child with Two Angels are only few of the masterpieces you can admire at the Uffizi Gallery. This treasure chest with the most precious paintings in the world could not be left out of our list of Top places to visit in Florence. The beauty of the Gallery develops along its rooms, visited each year by more than 1.5 million people.

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Things to see in Florence: Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
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Survived to WWII bombings, Ponte Vecchio is one of the most photographed places in the world. It crosses the Arno at its narrowest point and up to 1218 it was the only bridge crossing the Arno. There are a number of jewelries along the bridge, interrupted by two panoramic terraces: one overlooked by Vasari’s corridor and the second one hosting the bust of Benvenuto Cellini, a Florentine sculptor and goldsmith.

Things to see in Florence: Pitti Palace
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In the Oltrarno is located one of the most fascinating examples of architecture in Florence: Palazzo Pitti. Old residence of the Medici, the Lorena, the Savoia and of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, it hosts today a number of museums. Besides the Royal Apartments, you can visit the Palatina Gallery, the Silver and Porcelain Museums, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Costume Gallery.

Things to see in Florence: Boboli Gardens
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The Boboli Garden is a monumental park, a museum en plein air hosting a rich collection of sculptures, fountains, caves and terraces surrounded by holm oaks and cypresses. Located behind Palazzo Pitti and part of its museums, the Boboli Garden is one of the most important examples of Italian gardens in the world.

Things to see in Florence: Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
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Often shadowed by the Duomo’s and the Basilica of Santa Croce’s fame, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella actually deserves all your attention. It is one of the most important examples of Gothic style in Tuscany and it hosts some important masterpieces, like Giotto’s Crusifix, Massaccio’s Trinity and the Ghirlandaio’s frescoes.

Things to see in Florence: The Gallery of the Academy of Florence
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Home of the world-renowned Michelangelo’s David it could not but be a part of our list of places to visit in Florence! The Gallery of the Academy, the second most visited museum in Italy, shows the largest collection in the world of Michelangelo’s sculptures.

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