24 Jun Best things to see in Florence, Italy
The attractions that this beautiful city offers to its visitors are so many: Florence is a relatively small city full of things to do and see. It is really a wonderful “open-air museum”, which you can admire just walking through the streets of the historic center, without the need to pay any entrance fees.
Having a list of the main places of interest will allow you to enjoy the Tuscan capital in all its beauty. Read on to find out what to see in Florence!
First of all, make sure you don’t miss the must-see attractions
If you are visiting Florence for the first time, you probably don’t want to miss some of its “symbols” par excellence: the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David (the original is at the Accademia Gallery), Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Dome, Ponte Vecchio or taste the specialties of the table, the Florentine steak, pappa col pomodoro and the typical dishes prepared in Florentine restaurants.
However, as already mentioned, Florence offers many other interesting things, which you could still include in the program of your holiday. As for the museums, it is certainly advisable to take advantage of buying tickets first and you can also do so from here.
Cappelle Medicee/ Medici Chapels
You may have heard of the Church of San Lorenzo for the lively market that revolves around it, but the real heritage is inside, or rather below. In fact, the Medici Grand Dukes and the various members of the family are buried in the Medici Chapels. Dive into the past and let yourself be enchanted by such architectural beauty.
What is the Uffizi for painting, is equivalent to the Bargello for sculpture: here there are beautiful statues and works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini, Della Robbia and the famous panels of the competition of the door of the Baptistery of Ghiberti and Brunelleschi… And to think that in the era of Lorenzo de Medici was a prison where we brought the worst rogues!
You can spend the morning or afternoon relaxing at the Boboli Gardens. If it rains, it enters the Oblate Library, behind the Duomo. You can rest in your armchairs reading a book or listening to music. Or go up to the Cafeteria on the top floor and admire Brunelleschi’s Dome from a privileged perspective.
The Spedale degli Innocenti and more
After having recovered from the “labors” of the tourist, walk along the Cathedral and push along via de’ Servi, towards the northern end of the old town: the beautiful square of Santissima Annunziata, with the ceramic rounds of the Robbia that adorn the porticos. The Spedale degli Innocenti in the 15th century (the work of Brunelleschi) was the first orphanage in Europe, you can still see the “wheel” where abandoned children left. A few more steps and reach the adjacent Piazza San Marco, with the convent and the museum: beautiful frescoes by Beato Angelico.
Fiesole and Firenze from the top
If you are tired of walking, take bus no. 7 and get to Fiesole, a town of Etruscan origin, to admire Florence from above. If you make the climb that leads to the Convent of San Francesco, you can dwell on the panoramic terrace from which you can see the whole city. Or you can visit the Roman Amphitheatre of Fiesole, still perfectly preserved (in summer there are also many concerts) and the Civic Museum.
On Sundays you could visit some less famous square, where maybe there is some market (ask at our reception, we will help you to find out what is!), then visit one of the smaller museums and finally relax a bit in some garden.
Would you like some advice on where to stay in Florence? The Hotel Brunelleschi.
If you want the Renaissance atmosphere to follow you throughout the entire duration of your stay in Florence, we have a perfect place to suggest you: the 4 star Hotel Brunelleschi.
That name will sound familiar to you, will it? As a matter of fact, the palace where the hotel now is located belonged to the family of one of the renaissance fathers: Filippo Brunelleschi. His most majestic work, the Dome of the Cathedral of Florence, will be the main protagonist of the breath-taking view that you will enjoy while staying in this hotel: you will find all the different types of rooms that best suit your needs. From family suites if you are with your whole family, to deluxe rooms more ‘intimate, and why not with a Jacuzzi on the terrace, overlooking Florence.