The city of Florence is home to some of the most adored artistic treasures in the world. Some of the many fine museums and treasures include the Medici Chapels, the Uffizi gallery (one of the top three art museums of the world) and the Galleria dell’Accademia which is home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
The city of Florence itself can actually be thought of as one big outdoor museum. The Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, the Arno River front, the many statues and monuments of the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th century Duomo, Baptistry and Belltower and the Santa Croce Church are all remarkable highlights.
Florentine State Museums (Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti Palace, Medici Chapels, Bargello, Archaeological Museum, Davanzati) should all be booked in advance. As crazy as it sounds, it is strongly suggested that visitors book at least two months in advance especially for the Uffizi which experiences enormous lines all year round. To book online, visit www.en.firenze.waf.it. Each individual museum has slightly different hours of operation and the the website www.firenzemusei.it has everything you need to know about each of them.
No visit to Florence is complete without taking some time to climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience a magnificent view of Florence. From the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio to the last standing parts of the medieval walls, the view is not to be missed.