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Things to Do in Florence, Italy

Submitted by on December 3, 2010 – 5:14 pm5 Comments

italy florence Il Duomo at sunset

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.

italy florence Uffizi gallery
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.

italy florence Ponte Vecchio

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.

italy florence view from the church of San Miniato al Monte
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.

IMAGES VIA: chrisbuckridge, jmenard48, Photo Javi, Andreas Hartmann

5 Comments »

  • Paul says:

    Thanks for these tips. I especially like the last one about the great view of Florence. I will be in Italy for a few weeks next year and I don’t want to miss a thing!

  • Jessica says:

    I would highly recommend a visit to the Bargello, one of the best sculpture collections you will find and a chance to see some other depictions of David aside from Michelangelo (the Bargello has versions by Donatello and Verrocchio). I’m also a big fan of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which has really revamped its layout in the past 10 years and I think is a vital way to get a fuller picture of the Duomo. To get a little city ambience, I would recommend crossing the Arno and heading into the Oltrarno neighorhood, which has a real authentic flavor and some of the remaining artisan workshops in the city.

  • When you buy the Amici degli Uffizi card for 64€ you can go for 1 year as often as you like into the Uffizi, the Academia, the Baglio and a row of other museums. Moreover with the card you dont have to queue up.
    The cloisters with the frescos in the cells are marvelous also many churches are worth a visit.

  • I meant Bargello not Baglio

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