14 May Top 5 Attractions in Florence

Florence is a very pretty Italian city, and its certainly full of attractions. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, Florence or Firenze has lots of beautiful Renaissance architecture, monuments, statues, art galleries and museums. Whilst it’s not my favourite city in Italy (that title has to go to Venice) it is most certainly loved my many, many visitors.

My first time to Florence I was staying out in the Tuscan countryside and visited the city just for the day to do some basic sightseeing. Florence is the main gateway for exploring Tuscany, and if you have the time you should definitely explore the region and perhaps even do a wine tour. Finding cheap accommodation in the city can be tricky during the height of summer, so its worth checking out Florence short term apartment rentals.

For anyone visiting Florence for the first time, these are the top 5 attractions in Florence:

1. Ponte Vecchio

One of the most famous bridges in the world, the Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence that wasn’t destroyed by the Germans  in World War II, supposedly because Hitler liked it. Spanning the narrowest point of the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio used to be occupied by butchers shops but now has lots of jewellery and souvenir shops along it.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

2. Il Duomo

The Duomo (Cathedral) in Florence, officially called Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, has a beautiful marble façade with shades of pink, green and white, along with an impressive ‘octagonal’ Renaissance dome. The Gothic Cathedral was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1294, but construction was only completed in 1436, when architect Filippo Brunelleschi added the dome. The Duomo complex features the Duomo, the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. A tour of the dome will take you to see the impressive frescoes, including the incredible fresco of The Last Judgement, and the outdoor views over Florence.

Duomo Florence, Italy

3. Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio is Florence’s most famous square and has been the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century. It is the main meeting point for both locals and tourists, and features several statues by famous Florentine artists. The statue of Michelangelo’s David is a copy, and the original is in the Accademia.

Piazza della Signoria at night

4. Galleria Degli Uffizi

The Galleria degli Uffizi gets very very busy because it contains the world’s most important Renaissance works of art. The Uffizi museum contains works from artists such as Botticelli, Caravaggio, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt and Michelangelo to name just a few. In high season the queues for the Uffizi can be very long, so it would be wise to buy tickets in advance.

Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

5. Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace

If you cross the River Arno over the Ponte Vecchio you’ll come to Palazzo Pitti, a huge Palazzo that was originally built for the Pitti family, but was bought by the Medicis in 1548, and functioned as the royal residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Today it houses several important museums of interest such as the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Silver Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Porcelain Museum and the Costume Gallery. The Giardinio di Boboli is a beautiful green park area with gardens, fountains and views over Florence.

Boboli Gardens in Florence

Piazza della Signoria by Rickydavid, Galleria degli Uffizi by cfwee, Boboli Gardens photo by dolce_luna

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Masha (2away)
    Posted at 10:36h, 14 May Reply

    Beautiful shots of Florence! We are going to Italy in July and originally didn’t plan to stop in Florence, but now I feel we have to reconsider 🙂

  • Annette | Bucket List Journey
    Posted at 23:58h, 14 May Reply

    Climbing to the top of the Duomo was one of my favorite Florence experiences! Lovely photos 🙂

  • Gregory
    Posted at 00:51h, 15 May Reply

    Hi Victoria from Chicago! I just visited Florence for the first time last month, and it’s beautiful to see it again through your eyes 🙂 Best wishes on your travels, and pre-happy birthday (haha, I realize it’s a little premature and maybe lazy, but birthdays are exciting)! -Greg

  • Meagan Brown
    Posted at 09:33h, 01 November Reply

    Hey, Victoria, your eyes are beautiful! By the way, I love traveling attractive places! I did not make any list about Italy. But after reading your blog I have to make one to enjoy this nice city. Especially “Santa Maria del Fiore”.

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