Discover the Renaissance across these 10 popular Florence neighbourhoods.

Piazzale Michelangelo is a hilltop square with probably the best views of the city of Florence. Surrounded by copies of Michelangelos works, this viewpoint can be accessed easily by public transport or by climbing up from the banks of the Arno.

Dating back to 1869 when Florence was the capital of Italy, the area is also home to the church of San Miniato al Monte. This is a great spot for the family and for even the most demanding romantics.

You can visit during the day or in the evenings, even plan to stay for dinner. Find out more including how to get there from the city centre.More Details>
The Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte is one of the most scenic churches in all of Italy, the views of Florence from the hilltop are truly spectacular.

In addition to the beautiful Romanesque structure, there is the cloister which dates back to 1443 and the Olivetan monastery which adjoins the basilica. The monks make their famous liqueurs there along with herbal teas and honey which are sold next to the church.

Read the details section for a short history of the church, and learn about Michelangelo's surprising connection to it.More Details>
Mercato Centrale Firenze is actually 2 markets, and both are worth a visit. The actual cast iron and glass building is for food, and the outdoor San Lorenzo market stalls mainly sell leather goods.

You can spend a few hours shopping and bargaining at San Lorenzo before tucking into authentic Tuscan cuisine at the indoor Mercato Centrale. It is also the place to purchase quality wholesome food from local traders at reasonable prices.

Read on for tips and some interesting history about the markets.More Details>
If you have been taking in the sights and sounds of Florence and desire a peaceful, tranquil space in which to relax, then Boboli Gardens await your visit. The Isolotto oval shaped island is wonderful with a sculpture of Andromeda rising from the pool - Neptune's fountain and the Grotta di Buontalenti are all worth seeking out too during your visit. More Details>
Come to the Piazza della Signoria to explore the interesting history and visit the many sculptures. There is a copy of the statue of David, Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus from 1534 and much more. Each statue was placed strategically with political connotations which refer to the Medici and their ambitions. The open air sculpture gallery is a sight to behold, the piazza is a wonderful area in which to sit, enjoy the entertainment and take it all in.More Details>
If you are seeking souvenirs from your visit to Florence this is the place to come to. San Lorenzo market has a multitude of fascinating goods for sale, once you have exhausted the shopping head inside the Mercato Centrale to indulge in a culinary treat.More Details>
Visit if you wish to discover the lively atmosphere of an upmarket area of Florence with a multitude of bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. Some of the old architecture is still here, for example the Arch of Triumph and the column of abundance, in contrast there is a children's carousel in the centre of the piazza.More Details>
To gain some peace and tranquility and some of the best photographs of Florence you should come to the Giardino Bardini. Once you have explored the gardens, sit in the garden restaurant La Leggenda Dei Frati, with its stone loggia and overlook the city.More Details>
The Piazza della Signoria is a work of art in itself with the open air sculpture exhibition of the Loggia dei Lanzi and the Palazzo Vecchio. The Fountain of Neptune is no different. Ammanati the Florentine sculptor worked on the marble sea horses and river Gods in a mannerist style which set the standards for future fountain makers.More Details>
Forte di Belvedere offers the visitor the chance to see a great example of both Renaissance and Military architecture, it affords some of the most commanding views over Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Today it is used as an exhibition centre, hosting exclusive events, celebrity weddings and art exhibitions throughout the year.More Details>

Map : Neighborhoods To Walk Around

Address Details

1 : Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125, Florence

2 : Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte
Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Firenze, Italy, Florence

3 : Mercato Centrale
Piazza del Mercato Centrale dell'Ariento, Via dell'Ariento, 50123, Florence

4 : The Boboli Gardens
Piazza del Mercato Centrale dell'Ariento, Via dell'Ariento, 50123, Florence

5 : Piazza della Signoria
Piazza de' Pitti, 1, Florence

6 : San Lorenzo Market
Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence

7 : Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica, 50123, Florence

8 : Giardino Bardini
Costa S. Giorgio, 2, Florence

9 : Forte di Belvedere
Via di S. Leonardo, 1, 50100, Florence