Top attractions in Florence
Florence is the soul of Tuscany, and it brims with the influences of the Renaissance. You'll discover a myriad of architectural wonders and a profusion of exquisite artwork, all of which culminate into one cultural masterpiece of a city.
The Uffizi Gallery is the city's top museum, and the place to see Botticelli's stunning "Birth of Venus." It's also wise to book your entrance ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line.
Michaelangelo's "David" stands in the center of the Tribune and rightfully so. Classical music lovers will also enjoy the exhibit at the Accademia Gallery's Museum of Musical Instruments.
It's Florence's, if not the world's, most famous statue, and people have been admiring "David's" chiseled physique since its unveiling in 1504.
A replica of "David" at the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio indicates his original position here until 1873. The renowned Hall of Five Hundred is a part of the building's museum section.
Piazza della Signoria has plenty of statuary, with the gallery of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the equestrian statue of Cosimo I and the Fountain of Neptune, who slightly resembles Cosimo.
Known as il Duomo, the view from the Gothic cathedral's iconic, red-brick dome offers a sweeping panorama over waves of the city's terracotta rooftops amid rolling, Tuscan hills.
Dedicated to the city's patron saint, John the Baptist, Florence Baptistry in white and green Prato marble boasts an inner dome with lavish, golden mosaics.
It may appear ordinary from the outside, but it's the grandeur within that makes the Church of Santa Maria Novella well worth the visit. Its cloister also provides some moments of serenity.
Pastel-colored apartments upon shops selling art, jewelry, and souvenirs line the city's oldest and most unique bridge Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. It's picture-perfect day and night.
Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the former Medici family residence. The Pitti Palace houses five museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the opulent Palatine Gallery.
A minimum of four nights will allow you to see the top sites without rushing from one to another. Give yourself a week or more for a full Renaissance immersion.
The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you're planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you'll have to park outside the "Limited Traffic Zone." Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.
Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it's free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you'll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called "pane e coperto" (literally "bread and cover"). It's an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it's not a tip for your server.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitBy October, the weather is still warm, but the tourist rush is winding down.
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What people are saying about Florence
Thank you to Loredana Agosta. What an amazing lady. She entertained us with fact in such a way that it immediately captured our undivided attention and converted us to instant art and history lovers. She is highly recommended and a definite asset to the team/business.
Easy to follow, great guide. Nice lunch and wine, beautiful castles and medieval towns. Great way to experience the Tuscan countryside.
Our guide, Francesca, was extremely knowledgeable, delightful, and energetic. From the moment we got to our meeting spot, she welcomed us and introduced us to the other tourists taking the tour. The tour allowed us to skip the long line on Sunday morning. Francesca kept us engaged for the entirety of the tour which focused on all the works and history of Michelangelo. The length of the tour was also perfect, and it actually lasted a bit longer than an hour. Francesca has a gift for divulging a lot of information in a way that never seemed tedious or overwhelming. I am very happy I made the decision to book this tour.
I wish I could remember our guide’s name - he was wonderful. If the tour operators read this he is balding, with a light beard, and was an engineering major in college. Only 6 people in our small group and the cost was well worth skipping the hours-long line. Plus, the guide was extremely informative and, unlike many tour guides in Italy, his English was outstanding and he was easily understood.
My boyfriend and I have been in Florence before so we decided we want to do something different this time. As we both love cooking we decided to improve our skills in preparing italian food. This experience couldn’t be better and it was an excellent choice for an afternoon/evening activity! Luca, Max and Luiggi were amazing and very entertaining hosts. We were alternating between pizza and gelato peparation and had fun during every step of the process. Class was a perfect combination of theory, practical demonstration and hands on experience in preparing pizza and gelato from scratch to the perfect final product. The evening concluded with great dinner and amazing view of Florence in the evening.