Florence Top 10

The Duomo or the Cathedral of Florence is the symbol of the city, and itself a fantastic work of art. It combines Romanesque and Gothic Styles, capped by the famous dome which is pure Renaissance.

The Cupola of the Cathedral is decorated with the most spectacular fresco artwork of Vasari and Zuccari. Visitors gape at The Last Judgement which is under the dome; and the artwork of Dante before the city of Florence.

Together with other Piazza sights, you can end up spending a day here. Where can I get the best views? Is the climb up to the dome worth it?More Details>
The Uffizi Gallery is high on the list of attractions in Florence. Its stunning collection of Renaissance art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Vinci and others is as beautiful as it is intriguing, with all the sub plots that were involved in creation of the masterpieces.

It is connected by the Vasari corridor museum to the Pitti Palace, another must-see attraction. Decide how much time you want to spend and on which parts of the gallery so that you maximize your visit.

View the details to know if you should do a guided tour, whether you should go to the Vasari corridor or just stay in Uffizi, or when is the best time to visit.More Details>
Michelangelo's breathtaking and world famous David, is here. Also see art by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and del Sarto. The Museum of Musical Instruments here has original instruments by Stradivari and Cristofori, the inventor of the piano.

Michelangelo's David at the Accademia is like Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre. It is the big reason for the hordes of visitors. The Accademia also houses Michelangelo's unfinished 'slaves' and Giambologna’s 'Rape of the Sabines'.

Why is David so famous? Read on to find out more about Michelangelo's unique depiction of David.More Details>
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>
This is by far the most picturesque bridge in Florence, across the Arno. Originally built to connect Palazzo Pitti and The Uffizi Gallery, it housed butcher shops which were replaced by jewelers to enhance the prestige of the bridge.

You can get unique views of the city from the bridge. It is also a popular place to shop for a souvenir, gold jewelry or something to remember Florence by. Couples find the bridge romantic in the evenings, for a passeggiata, or stroll.

Should I shop at the Ponte Vecchio? Read on to find out.More Details>
A Basilica which is both beautiful and with a rich history, the 14th century decoration, frescoes and stained glass windows are well-preserved and breathtaking.

The nave of The Basilica of Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world which houses tombs of some of the most famous talented Italians who ever lived. Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli are buried here, amongst others.More Details>
The Campanile designed by Giotto is a stunning piece of architecture situated in the UNESCO Heritage square which houses the Duomo and the Baptistery. It is hard to miss.

The decorative hexagonal panels tell the story of the concept of the order of the Universe and the Redemption of Mankind - these are depicted in the reliefs. You can climb the 414 steps to the top if you feel fit enough.

Go to the details section to learn more about the climb.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 would like an idea of how the other half lived come to the Pitti Palace. There are so many museums housed in the Palazzo that you will be spoiled for choice.

The ceiling artwork in the Palatine Gallery and the well tended and ornamental Boboli Gardens are beautiful, the exterior has fountains, grassy areas and lots of places to sit and watch the world go by.

If you have an interest in fashion the Costume Gallery showcases fashions from the past 300 years. Read on for interesting details about its occupants.More Details>

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Address Details

1 : Duomo - Florence Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo, Florence

2 : Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122, Florence

3 : Accademia Gallery
Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50121, Florence

4 : Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125, Florence

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

6 : Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio, Florence

7 : Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze, Italy, Florence

8 : Giotto's Bell Tower
Giotto's Campanile, Piazza Duomo, 50122, Florence

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

10 : Pitti Palace
Piazza de' Pitti, 1, Florence

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