1. Uffizi Gallery

Sitting alongside the River Arno and next to Piazza della Signoria, the Galleria degli Uffizi is home to some of the most impressive pieces of Renaissance art on the planet.
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2. Ponte Vecchio

While in Florence, make sure you go and see Ponte Vecchio, one of the oldest bridges across the River Arno which was rebuilt in 1345 after floods damaged the bridge.
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3. Piazzale Michelangelo

Enjoy panoramic views across all of Florence with a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you'll see architecture inspired by Michelangelo on the beautiful 19th century terrace.
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4. Giardino Boboli

As you wander past ancient oak trees, ornate fountains and colourful flower beds, you won’t be surprised to learn that Giardino Boboli took four hundred years to design and create.
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5. Florence Cathedral

Visible right across the city, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is best known for its huge Renaissance dome, added to the original building in the 15th century.
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There is something for everyone when you choose holidays to Florence. Select from world famous art galleries, Renaissance architecture, beautiful gardens and panoramic views from the top of the city. There’s so much to pack in on Florence holidays, that we’re pretty sure you’ll be back again and again to catch all the things you missed the first time around.

 

Whether you are travelling with family, friends or as a couple Florence attractions offer something for all tastes and desires, so let’s take a look at some unmissable treats.

 

Points of Interest and Landmarks

You will be spoilt for choice for the best things to do in Florence, but the Piazza del Duomo is definitely not to be missed. One of the most popular Florence attractions for visitors and locals alike, this authentic square is home to the world’s third largest Cathedral, the Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore with its stunning Renaissance dome. Take plenty of pictures of the impressive statues, mosaics and marble décor, and be sure to climb the 463 steps to the top for panoramic views of this beautiful city.

 

Another favourite among Florence things to do is exploring the Piazzale Michelangelo, where the whole family can discover Michelangelo’s architecture. Try out the carousel and see Florence from the top, across the river and beyond to the mountains. One of the best things to do in Florence and a definite must for holidays to Florence, is walk across the exquisite Ponte Vecchio. Here you can visit the shops, listen to the buskers, or simply wander across and admire the view from one of Florence’s oldest bridges and an iconic landmark.

 

Art and Culture

 

Whether you’re an art lover or not, one of the best things to do in Florence is admire the exceptional artwork featured at the Uffizi and Academia Galleries. The Uffizi sits beside the Arno River and displays world famous Renaissance art including masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci. The nearby Academia Gallery is home to Michelangelo’s David, in addition to paintings dating back to the 15th century.

 

Gardens

 

The whole family will enjoy a trip to the Bobbili Gardens, ideal for playing, walking, and picnics among the stunning statues, fountains and flora of the region. Four hundred years in the making, it’s not surprising that this is one of the best things to do in Florence.

 

Museums

 

Florence has wealth of world class museums and some of our favourites are ideal for visitors of all ages. The Palazzo Vecchio offers workshops and guided tours for children, while in the Museo del Novecento, children can experience their very own time machine. The Museo Galileo is another popular and unmissable one of Florence’s attractions where you can enjoy a hands-on tour around Galileo’s scientific masterpieces.

 

Markets

 

One of the most authentic things to do in Florence is head to the traditional open-air Mercato Centrale, dating back to the late 1800s. Sample some of Tuscany’s most popular locally produced specialties including fresh meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables, which the children can taste as they wander around. It’s the ideal place to experience a traditional Florentine market, as is the Mercato Nuevo where you can search for the Porcellino bronze pig statue. Legend says that if you touch its nose you can be certain that you’ll return to the city at some point. Holidays to Florence have a little something for all ages and wherever you stay there are plenty of things to do to suit everyone.