23 Best Things to do in Florence: Top places to see

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Florence, with its skyline engraved with the majestic silhouette of the Duomo, artworks by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, and streets filled with the aromas and flavours of authentic Tuscan cuisine, is more than just a destination. Check out our guide with tips on attractions and sights to visit in Florence.

Today, we’ll take a look at the best places and sights to see and visit in Florence, Italy to build an itinerary for 1 or 2 days in Florence.

For more information on transport, accommodation, prices and other practical tips, check out our Florence guide.

Florence, Italy

Florence (Firenze) is a romantic and lively place. The heart of Tuscany in Italy, a Renaissance city where the modern era began.

The whole of Florence is literally an art museum and you don’t know where to look first. It is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited. And it’s not just us, because the whole centre of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The cradle of the Renaissance, where you will find the best Renaissance art in Europe and the world. Visiting at least one art gallery here is almost a must.

Florence history and attractions

After Rome, Venice and Milan, Florence is the fourth most visited city and the eighth largest city in Italy. It lies at the confluence of the Arno and Mugnone rivers. The population is less than 400,000 (1.5 million in the entire metropolitan area).

Florence is the capital of Tuscany, and tourists from all over the world flock here all year round.

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The Florentine Republic was founded in 1115. It had its own Florentine gold coin, which became the dominant currency of Western Europe. This showed how powerful and rich the Florentine Republic was.

Wealth accumulated, the country kept expanding and the Renaissance was born. Interestingly, in 1339 Florence was the first city in Europe to pave all its roads.

In 15th century, the Medici family came to power. A great patron of the arts, who called on famous names such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Florence was even the capital of Italy from 1865 to 1871. It was then replaced by Turin and then Rome.

Many famous names are linked to Florence, from the architect Brunelleschi, the painters Leonardo da Vinci, Ghiotto and Botticelli, the poet Dante Aligheri, the sculptor Michelangelo and the philosopher Machiavelli. Galileo Galilei, who was born in nearby Pisa, also did much of his work in Florence.

Sights and attractions to visit in Florence

Visit the Uffizi Gallery, a world-famous art museum with an exceptional collection of Italian Renaissance art, and climb to the top of the Duomo dome for a fantastic view of the city. Explore the historic centre and discover Florence’s most beautiful sites, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Accademia Gallery, which houses the Statue of David, one of Michelangelo’s most famous works.

End the day with a view of Florence and a glass of wine grown in the nearby Tuscan vineyards.

Let’s take a look at the most beautiful places and sights to visit in Florence:

1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) is more commonly known as the Duomo (like in Milan) or the Florence Cathedral. Fiore means flower.

The cathedral is the most famous and, with its marble facade with shades of pink and green, the most beautiful cathedral in Florence, which you will see in most photos of Florence.

It literally shines with its red dome by Brunelleschi above the rest of the city. The Red Dome is also the largest brick dome in the world. The exterior of the cathedral is detailed with 3 bronze doors.

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the facade of the cathedral and Giotto’s bell tower on the right

In contrast, the interior may surprise you with its simplicity until you look up and see the beautiful fresco in the dome.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1296 and lasted 140 years. For two centuries, Santa Maria was the largest cathedral in the world until it was surpassed by St Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The cathedral is so large that it occupies almost the entire area of the Piazza del Duomo.

Through the cathedral there is also an entrance to its underground, where the remains of the ancient basilica of Santa Reparata (Crypt) are located.

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the dome of the Duomo in Florence

Admission to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

Admission to the cathedral is free. However, you have to pay to enter other parts – the Duomo museum, the dome, Giotto’s bell tower, the baptistery, the underground ruins under the cathedral (crypt). Especially in high season, entry to the dome can be booked several days in advance (this is similar to the Vatican Museums or the Colosseum in Rome).

Tickets for individual seats can be purchased directly across from the front door of the baptistery. Then you just scan them on entry. The second option is buy tickets online on the official website, where you choose what you want to visit – there are 3 passes to choose from.

TIP: If you are planning to visit the dome, I recommend ordering tickets online to make sure they are not booked up for the next few days. The entrance to the dome is then through the Porta della Mandorla – from the front of the cathedral, you walk along the left side of the dome, where the entrance is located.

Entrance packages to the Duomo complex:

  • Brunelleschi Pass (dome, bell tower, crypt, baptistery, museum) – 30 €, children 7-14 years 12 €
  • Giotto Pass (bell tower, crypt, baptistery, museum) – 20 €, children 7-14 years 7 €
  • Ghiberti Pass (crypt, baptistery, museum) – 15 €, children 7-14 years 5 €

Opening hours of the individual locations in the Duomo complex:

  • Cathedral Monday-Saturday 10:15-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
  • Dome Monday-Friday 8:15 am-7:30 pm (last entry 6:45 pm), Saturday 8:15 am-5:15 pm (last entry 4:30 pm), Sunday and holidays 12:45 pm-5:15 pm last entry 4:30 pm)
  • Baptistery daily 9:00-19:45 (last entry 19:30)
  • Duomo Museum daily 9:00-19:45 (last entry 19:30), closed on the first Tuesday of every month
  • Bell tower daily 8:15-19:45 (last entry 19:00)
  • Crypt daily 10:15-16:45
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2. Duomo Museum

The Duomo Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo) is an art museum with works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and others. The collection occupies 28 rooms and 3 floors.

Here you will see the original sculptures from the bell tower and the cathedral, the original gilded panels from the door of the baptistery by Lorenzo Ghiberti and the original Bruneleschi designs for the dome.

Tickets to the Duomo Museum can be buy online as part of one of three packages. The other option is to buy a ticket on the spot (for example, across from the baptistery). The Duomo Museum is open daily from 9:00-19:45.

3. Giotto’s bell tower

Giotto’s Campanile (Campanile di Giotto) is a detached bell tower to the right of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It takes its name from its architect Giotto di Bondone, a forerunner of the Renaissance. Inside there is an information stand with souvenirs.

You scan your ticket and start climbing up the narrow stairs to the top. There are a lot of stairs, which are quite narrow in places and now and then you have to wait for others to pass from the top. The bell tower has a total of 3 floors.

On each floor you can enjoy and relax at the same time. The most beautiful view is from the top of the outdoor terrace.

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view of the bell tower from the dome

Tickets for the Giotto bell tower are purchased opposite the entrance door of the baptistery (as well as for other places in the cathedral complex) or online at (if you plan to visit the dome, be sure to book online in advance to make sure you get in).

The bell tower is open daily from 8:15-19:45.

4. Baptistery of John the Baptist

The Baptistery of John the Baptist (Battisterio di San Giovanni) is one of the oldest monuments in Florence. It is located in front of the facade of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Piazza di San Giovanni. For the locals, it is the most important building in Florence.

It is octagonal with a marble facade and inspired by ancient Roman mausoleums. I liked the baptistery in Pisa a little better, but the baptistery in Florence impressed us with its bronze doors.

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the baptistery and behind it the cathedral

The most famous is the golden door by Lorenzo Ghiberti, which Michelangelo called the Gates of Paradise (the door directly opposite the cathedral). The next door depicts scenes from the Passion of Christ and the last scenes from the life of John the Baptist.

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The Golden Door by Lorenzo Ghiberti

The ceiling of the baptistery is decorated with a beautiful gold mosaic of the Last Judgement with an opening through which daylight enters the baptistery. The mosaic took over 100 years to complete. It is huge and makes you look up all the time, just like the Sistine Chapel.

Ticket to the baptistery can be purchased as part of the package. It can be bought directly opposite the front door of the baptistery. The Baptistery is open daily 9:00-19:45.

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Baptistery inside

5. Basilica of San Lorenzo

The Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in the city and was the parish church of the Medici family. It will captivate you with its exterior of brown stone, which was to be followed by Carrara marble. But that never happened again.

The basilica is a huge complex consisting of the basilica, the old sacristy by Brunelleschio, the new sacristy by Michelangelo, the Medicean chapel and the Medicean library of Laurenziano.

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Most visitors head to the Medici Chapel, which is the mausoleum for nearly 50 prominent members of the Medici family. You have to go to the Medici Chapel book a ticket in advance .

The complex is open 9:30-17:30 (last entry 16:30). The Basilica opens to the public at 10 am. Admission to the complex is €9 (under 12s free) – it gives you access to the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the old sacristy, the monastery, the Treasury Museum, the crypt and the monumental underground. Ticket to the Medicean Chapel is not included (see previous paragraph).

6. Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Palazzo Medici Riccardi served from 15th century to the Medici family. Today it houses an art museum. Here you will see 6 well-preserved rooms including frescoes, a chapel, a dome and a well-kept garden. If you like art, you will like it here.

7. Accademia Gallery

The Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is a short walk from Palazzo Medici Riccardi. It is housed in an unassuming building, not as glamorous as the Uffizi Gallery, for example.

You’ll know you’re there right away (especially in high season) – there’s a long line snaking around the walls. Everyone wants to see Michelangelo’s statue of David, which is the embodiment of the male ideal of beauty.

Statue of David Michelangelo Florence

The statue was originally supposed to be part of the Duomo, but in the end they decided not to place it in the niche of the cathedral because of its beauty. The tour also includes an exhibition of musical instruments and unfinished sculptures by Michelangelo.

The gallery tour will take you less than an hour. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00-18:45 (last entry 18:15).

TIP: Do Galleria dell´Accademia si rezervujte vstupenku předem na konkrétní časový úsek – fronty bývají dlouhé a vstupenky jsou předem vyprodané.

8. Leonardo Interactive Museum

The Leonardo da Vinci Interactive Museum is 5 minutes from the Galleria dell’Accademia. It’s great fun for kids and adults alike. Here you can try out the machines invented by Leonardo himself, all in a fun way. For each invention there is a detailed description of what the machine is to be used for.

It doesn’t take much time to visit the museum, but it’s worth it. Open daily 9:30-19:30 (last entry 18:30). Tickets are available easily purchased in advance and you don’t have to wait in line at the venue.

9. Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica is a large and lively square near Santa Maria Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Throughout history, it has been one of the most important places in Florence. In antiquity it was the seat of the Florentine Forum, in the Middle Ages of the central market and from the 16th century onwards. to 19th century Jewish ghetto.

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After the creation of the Kingdom and the unification of Italy in 1861, the Piazza della Repubblica was completely rebuilt. As a reminder of history, only the Column of Plenty remains, representing the meeting point of Roman roads in antiquity.

Today you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops, a carousel and street performers in Piazza della Repubblica.

10. Fontana del Porcellino

Fontana del Porcellino is a bronze statue of a boar whose mouth represents a small fountain. When you arrive at Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, you’ll see a historic building with distinctive arches – the New Market Loggia, where the market is housed. Walk past the building and on your right you will see the wild boar statue with the fountain (opposite H&M).

There is a nice legend connected with the wild boar statue – if you stroke the boar’s snout, it is said that you will return to Florence one day. He is petted by so many visitors daily that his snout is bright gold compared to the rest of his body.

If you put a coin in his mouth (where the water flows out) and the coin then falls onto the grid at the bottom of the fountain while you make a wish, the wish will come true.

The statue has also been stolen several times in the past, so you can find a replica of it on the site (you can see the original in the Bardini Museum).

11. Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria forms the imaginary heart and historical centre of Florence. It is one of the most beautiful places in Florence and you shouldn’t miss the square during your visit to the city. You won’t know where to look first.

What are the top places in Piazza della Signoria? Neptune’s Fountain, Michelangelo’s statue of David (replica, the original can be seen in the Accademia Gallery), the Palazzo Vecchio and the grouping of statues to the right of the palace (Loggia dei Lanzi).

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Neptune’s Fountain
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12. Palazzo Vecchio

In the Vecchio Palace in Piazza della Signoria a nice piece of Florentine history took place. The palace was built at the turn of the 13th and 14th century as a medieval fortress from where the city council governed the Florentine Republic. The Palazzo Vecchio was designed by architect Arnolfo di Cambio, who also designed Santa Maria Cathedral.

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The Palazzo Vecchio is now a museum. It has a richly decorated interior. On the first floor is the Hall of Five Hundred, where 500 members of the City Council have held meetings in the past.

It has a coffered ceiling and battle frescoes by the Medici court painter Giorgi Vasari. V 2. On the first floor are the ornate rooms of the Medici family with Donatello’s bronze statue of Judith.

In the Palazzo Vecchio, you can climb 400 steps to the top of the Torre d’Arnolfo clock tower and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view (tickets for the tower are sold separately).

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If you look carefully at the palace wall to the right of the entrance door, you will see a carving of a man’s face. To this day, experts still argue about whether it is a carving by Michelangelo, with a man’s face looking at the statue of David just outside the entrance.

The palace is open daily from 9:00-22:00 except Thursdays, when it closes at 14:00. You can get your ticket to the Palazzo Vecchio here.

13. Uffizi Gallery

Galleria degli Uffizi is a famous art museum that is 4. the most visited museum in Italy (and that there is a lot of competition in Italy).

It contains the finest collection of Italian Renaissance art in the world, set in magnificent spaces. You can also enjoy ancient statues, grotesque frescoes on the ceilings and other art.

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Everything is divided into a total of 45 halls on 2 floors. If you are an art lover, set aside 3-4 hours for your visit. There’s not a lot of seating.

There is a cafe inside, but I still recommend going early in the morning after eating. Crowds are the smallest and it takes energy to make that much art.

The gallery lies between the Vecchio Palace and the Arno River, which flows through the city of Pisa, where you’ll find the Leaning Tower (Pisa is only an hour by train from Florence).

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The most beautiful and important works of the Uffizi Gallery by artist:

  • Botticelli – Birth of Venus, Primavera (Botticelli even has several rooms with his works, which are among the most popular in the gallery)
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi
  • Tiziano – Venus of Urbino
  • Caravaggio – Medusa, Bacchus
  • Raphael – Madonna of Stehlik, Portraits of Aponoli Doni and Maddalena Strozzi
  • Michelangelo – Doni Tondo (Michelangelo’s only painting on canvas; Raphael and Michelangelo share a room with a magnificent showcase)
  • …and many other artists including Giotto, Raphael and the Dutch painters Rembrandt and Rubens
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fronts to the Uffizi Gallery

Admission and opening hours of the Uffizi Gallery

The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the places in Florence where you should definitely book a ticket in advance . The queues are usually long and in high season it can happen that the tickets are sold out several days in advance.

If you buy a ticket with the option to skip the queue, you will have a separate entrance to the gallery.

The gallery is open daily except Mondays from 8:15-18:30.

TIP: Skip the queue and book a ticket to the Uffizi Gallery in advance. There are also guided tours highlighting the best of the gallery.

14. Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio is the most famous bridge in Florence from the 14th century, under which the river Arno flows. It’s lined with jewellery shops, so at times you don’t even feel like you’re walking on a bridge. The Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge that survived World War II.

From the bridge you will have a view of the Ponte Santa Trinity Bridge from 16th century. If you’d like to take a photo of the Ponte Vecchio, it’s from the Santa Trinity Bridge that you can see it in all its glory.

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15. Basilica of Santo Spirito

The Church of Santo Spirito (Basilica di Santo Spirito) is one of the most important churches in Florence, standing in the somewhat “sleepy” Piazza Santo Spirito. The church is built in a typical Romanesque style with a very simple exterior.

Inside, however, hides an ornate interior that few expect when looking at its exterior. There are plenty of good places to eat around the church and the square.

The Basilica of Santo Spirito is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday from 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 and on Sundays and public holidays from 11:30-13:30 and 15:00-18:00. Closed on Wednesdays. You will pay a €2 contribution when you enter the basilica.

16. Basilica of Santa Croce

The Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze stands in the Piazza di Santa Croce and is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its construction began in 1294 and lasted 150 years.

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Inside, the church contains a beautiful chapel with frescoes and is the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and other famous personalities.

The complex is open Monday to Saturday 9:30-17:30 and on Sundays and public holidays 12:30-17:45. Full admission is 8 € and reduced 6 € (children 12-17 years and students). The ticket includes entrance to the basilica, the ambo, the chapel, the sacristy, the Medicean chapel and other places in the complex.

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Florence Basilica of Santa Croce interior

17. Bargello Museum

The Bargello Museum (Museo Nazionale del Bargello) should not be missed by any art lover. Inside you will see the largest collection of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures by Italian masters (Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrochia and others).

Bargello Museum Florence

Don’t miss Donatello’s bronze statue of David, which, although not as famous as Michelangelo’s statue of David, served as its inspiration. In addition to the collection, the building itself is also worth seeing, built in the same style as the Vecchio Palace.

The Bargello Museum is open daily 8:45-19:00 and on Tuesdays 10:00-18:00. Full admission to the museum is €13 and reduced admission for students 18-25 is €7. To skip the queue, you can book tickets in advance.

18. Church of Santa Maria Novella

The Church of Santa Maria Novella (Basilica di Santa Maria Novella) is adjacent to Santa Maria Novella Station, which is named after the church. It is a Dominican church from the 15th century with a marble facade and inside with Gothic and early Renaissance frescoes.

Michelangelo referred to the church as his fiancée. Its exterior is reminiscent of the more famous Duomo, but the interior is more ornate.

Florence Santa Maria Novella

The Basilica is part of a large complex, where you will also find the Museo di Santa Maria Novella. The entrance to the basilica is from the well-kept Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, with an obelisk in the centre.

The ticket to the basilica also includes a visit to the chapels, including the frescoes, the sacristy and the Avelli cemetery. As part of the museum tour you will also see the Convent of the Dead, the Green Convent, the Cappellone degli Spagnoli, the Cappella degli Ubriarchi and the Refectory.

Florence Santa Maria Novella

Entrance and opening hours to the Santa Maria Novella complex

Full admission is 7,50 € and reduced admission for 11-18 years is 5 €. Reservations for the basilica are not necessary, you can reserve time for the museum here . The booking fee is 1 €.

Opening hours:

  • April-June Monday-Thursday 9:30am-5:30pm, Friday 11am-5:30pm, Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm, Sunday and holidays 1pm-5:30pm
  • July-August Monday-Thursday 9:30am-5:30pm, Friday 11am-5:30pm, Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm, Sunday and holidays 12pm-5:30pm
  • October-March Monday-Thursday 9:30-17:00, Friday 11:00-17:00, Saturday 9:30-17:00, Sunday and holidays 13:00-17:00

19. Museo Novecento

Across the square, directly opposite the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, is the Museo Novecento. It is a museum of modern art, where you can find the work of Italian artists from 20th and 21th century, which is complemented by temporary exhibitions.

Admission is 9,50 €, for students and youth 18-25 years 4,50 €. To make a reservation here . Open daily except Thursdays 11:00-20:00.

A short distance from the museum and the church of Santa Maria Novella lies the alleged the oldest historic pharmacy in Europe . If you have time, take a peek here. You will be overwhelmed not only by the smell, but also by the handmade products and the beautiful interior with frescoes and a small museum.

20. Galileo Museum

Who does not know the most famous astronomer, mathematician and scientist Galileo Galilei. He was born just outside Florence in Pisa, where he also studied and conducted gravity experiments using weights from the Leaning Tower. Florence has its own museum, which you can find to the left of the Uffizi Gallery.

At the Museo Galileo you will see a large collection of scientific instruments – Galileo’s telescopes and the lens from the telescope with which he discovered the 4 Galilean moons of Jupiter, a collection of terrestrial and celestial globes, the giant armillary sphere by Santucci and Galileo’s middle finger from his right hand.

Tickets to Museo Galileo can be purchased in advance. Open daily 9:30-18:00. On Tuesdays they close at 13:00.

21. Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

The Renaissance Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) is the largest palace in Florence, situated at the foot of the Boboli hill. It was built in 15th century and served as the royal home for the Medici family.

Inside, you’ll find several galleries and museums that are divided by theme – the Grand Dukes’ Treasury on the ground floor, the Palatine Gallery (Titian, Raphael, Rubens and others) and the Imperial and Royal Apartments on the palace’s posh first floor, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Fashion and Costume Museum on the second floor.

Florence Gardens Boboli

The palace is open daily except Mondays from 8:15-18:30 (last entry 17:30). Part of Tickets to Palazzo Pitti is the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Grand Ducal Treasury. In high season and on weekends and holidays, it may sell out in advance. It is better to make booking in advance – can be cancelled 24 hours in advance if necessary.

Right by Palazzo Pitti is the largest green space in Florence – Boboli Gardens (Giordino di Boboli) in Italian style with Renaissance statues, fountains and beautiful views of the city. In spring and summer it is a beautiful oasis full of flowers.


22. Piazzale Michelangelo

Where can you experience one of the best views of Florence? The Piazzale Michelangelo is set on a hill, offering a great view of the city. In the centre of the square stands a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David.

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view from Piazzale Michelangelo

You know what’s special about the Florence skyline? The houses are uniform in height and only a few buildings stand out – the Duomo, the Vecchio Palace and the Basilica of Santa Croce. How is that possible? For many years, the city has forbidden the construction of buildings taller than the red dome of the Duomo.

On the way to Piazzale Michelangelo, you will pass the remains of Florence’s 14th century fortifications.

23. Church of San Miniato al Monte

If you climb a little higher from Piazzale Michelangelo (5 minutes), you will reach the Romanesque church of San Miniato, which stands right on top of the hill. Together with the Baptistery of John the Baptist, it is one of the oldest buildings in Florence.

San Miniato al Monte Florence

The church itself, with its marble façade and frescoes inside, is worth seeing, as is Florence, which you can see like the palm of your hand.

Admission is free. Open daily 9:30-13:00 and 15:30-19:00.

San Miniato al Monte Florence

The most beautiful places in Florence

Florence hides the most beautiful places in Italy. Below I’ve included a list of places that should be on almost everyone’s bucket list to see the best of Florence.

Whether you have 1, 2 or 3 days in Florence, the list can serve as an itinerary (places follow one another). The map of Florence at the end of the guide will also help you plan your route.

  • Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Duomo
  • Baptistery
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Pitty Palace and Boboli Gardens
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Church of Santa Croce
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Where to stay in Florence

  • Camplus Guest Firenze Casa per Ferie : New, modern hotel with full facilities, restaurant and private parking
  • Hotel Paganini A cosy three-star hotel suitable for couples and families. Parking in the garage, easy access to the center.
  • B&B Antiche Armonie: Cosy hotel with a family atmosphere and code access for easy check-in. Centrally located a short walk from the train station.
  • Residence Porta Al Prato: Fully equipped apartments with kitchenette on the edge of the centre and private parking
  • Hotel Aida : Cheap hotel with garden and good access to the centre
  • Hostel Plus Florence : Hostel with full facilities, roof terrace and only 10 minutes from the station. Accommodation in private or shared rooms.
  • Camping Firenze Camping in Town : A camping town with bungalows and tented cabins with private bathroom, seating area and free parking. Good connections to the centre, great price.

Florence map

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map with tips on what to see and do in Florence. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to see the names of the places I mention in my guide to Florence, Italy. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.

The best booking resources for visiting Florence

Via Booking.com we search for all accommodation. It is the largest accommodation portal in the world and you will find everything from modern hotels, cosy guesthouses to seaside villas.

Get Your Guide is a huge booking system for buying tickets, guided tours and all sorts of activities. In one place you can read other travellers’ experiences and book tickets to the Vatican Museums, a cruise on the Danube or a desert safari in Dubai.

If you are planning to rent a car in Tuscany, the best experience we have with Rentalcars.comwhich has the widest range at good prices. Insurance and free cancellation is included.

These were our picks for the best places to visit in Florence. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

More information about Italy

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Summary: Florence sights and things to visit

What are the most beautiful places to visit in Florence?

The most beautiful sights to see in Florence include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its adjacent bell tower and baptistery, Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo. Florence is like a gallery of beautiful places with lots of other attractions worth visiting. More tips in the article.

Why visit Florence?

Florence (Firenze) is a romantic and lively city. A city of culture, history and the emergence of the modern era.
The whole of Florence is literally an art museum and you don’t know where to look first. It is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited. And it’s not just us, because the whole centre of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What to visit in the Florence area?

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and the gateway to endless vineyards, among which are scattered medieval towns. Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca or Pisa are all easily accessible from Florence.

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