5 Things to do in Florence

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From art and culture to shopping and local food and drink, there’s no shortage of things to do in Florence. Whether you are travelling with family, friends or as a couple, the wide range of Florence tourist attractions offer something for everyone. Be inspired with a visit to world famous art galleries, take a romantic stroll through beautiful streets and gardens, or sit back and enjoy a delicious handmade gelato.

There’s so much to pack in during holidays to Florence, that we’re pretty sure you’ll be back again and again to catch all the things you missed the first time around.

Places to visit in Florence

With so many wonderful buildings and art treasures to discover, it can be hard to choose just a handful of places to see in Florence. One thing that most people agree is that the Piazza del Duomo is definitely not to be missed. One of the most popular Florence attractions for visitors, this bustling square is home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The red-tile topped dome is one of the iconic landmarks of the city and a feat of Renaissance engineering. Be sure to climb the 463 steps to the top for panoramic views of this beautiful city.

The Ponte Vecchio is another must-see and it won’t cost you anything (unless you’re tempted by the trays of gelato in the windows nearby). As you wander, stop to listen to the buskers and admire the view from one of Florence’s oldest bridges.

Things to do in Florence

Florence is the art capital of Italy, and no trip is complete without taking in an old master or two. From Roman and Renaissance sculpture to frescos and paintings, you’re spoilt for choice with the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, and Galleria dell ‘Academia, which are home to world-famous works from the greats including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Many priceless works are also housed in the numerous churches across the city, including Santa Croce.

After a morning in a museum, blow the cobwebs away with a trip to the Boboli Garden, a few minutes walk to the south of the River Arno. It’s ideal for the whole family with plenty of space for playing, walking, and picnics among the stunning statues and fountains.

Shopping, food and drink in Florence

From designer boutiques to market stalls, there’s no shortage of options if you’re looking for some top quality retail therapy. Combine shopping and good food with a trip to the traditional Mercato Centrale, dating back to the late 1800s. Here you can sample some of Tuscany’s most popular locally-produced specialities including fresh meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables.

If you’re looking for traditional leather goods, take a trip to the Mercato Nuevo street market close to Piazza della Signoria. Whilst you’re there, look out for the Porcellino bronze boar statue. Legend says that if you touch its nose you can be certain that you’ll return to the city at some point.

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