We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Exclusively commissioned by Tripadvisor

96%
Found this guide helpful

Florence, the English translation for our “Firenze,” is a beautiful place whose name conveys the idea of this flourishing city of art, which was the cradle of the Renaissance, the cultural movement that spread throughout Europe in the 14th century. I like walking along the medieval alleys of the old town to discover its hidden corners and architectural jewels. Once there, I am sure you will, too.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

11 Places

7 City Tips

Print
Map

11 Places

Church of Santa Maria Novella

Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals

Mercato Centrale

Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites

Campanile di Giotto

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues, Sacred & Religious Sites

Battistero di San Giovanni

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sasso di Dante

Restaurants

Piazza della Signoria

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Palazzo Pitti

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Gallerie Degli Uffizi

Art Museums

Ponte Vecchio

Bridges

Piazzale Michelangelo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sonia C's City Tips

  • Restaurants often include the service charge on the bill, but it is nice to leave an additional tip if you are happy with the service.
  • Florence is served by an airport and a high speed rail service, and therefore well connected to both domestic and European cities.
  • You can easily take a bus or a tram, however walking is perhaps the quickest option, especially in the old town.
  • Daily, multi-day and family tickets can be purchased from authorized shops and ticket machines. Remember to validate your ticket when starting your journey.
  • The "Firenzecard" can be bought online. It is valid for 72 hours, and gives you free admission to the major museums as well as free use of local trams and buses.
  • Several museums are closed on Mondays.
  • Free entrance is often offered at museums on the first Sunday of each month, and for visitors younger than 18 and older than 65.
  • Church of Santa Maria Novella
    Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    The Church of Santa Maria Novella is very close to the main railway station (Firenze SMN), and is one of the most important and visited churches in Florence. The interior, designed in the shape of a Latin Cross, has beautiful chapels on each side, while a majestic Romanic bell tower lies adjacent to the church, and the cloisters feature frescoes by famous Renaissance artists. You cannot miss 'Trinity,' the last work by Italian artist Masaccio, especially important for its perspective technique and its use of light. Two other masterpieces on display here are the magnificent and realistic 'Crucifix,' by Giotto and the wooden 'Crucifix' by Brunelleschi.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for the Spanish Chapel, the chapter house located in the green cloister, which has famous frescoes by Andrea di Bonaiuto.
    • If you have time, plan to visit the adjacent bell tower.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • In the shadow of the Duomo 11/02/2020
    • New addition to a wonderful complex 04/02/2020
    • Church of Santa Maria Novella
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria Novella
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 219257
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Mercato Centrale
    Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    Mercato Centrale offers a wide selection of typical local food and drinks. Here, you have the unique opportunity to taste the best that Tuscany has to offer, including its famous extra virgin oil, wine and Florentine steak. There are also amazing options on offer for vegetarians, like famous 'panzanella' (a tomato salad made with Tuscan bread), 'pappa col pomodoro' (a fresh tomato soup), legume soups and a variety of simple vegetable dishes. Tuscany is also renowned for its sweets, and you shouldn’t miss the 'cantuccini' on sale here — almond biscuits that are typically served with a Tuscan dessert wine called 'Vin Santo' to dip them into.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Mercato Centrale is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 2pm, and on Saturdays from 7am to 5pm (except during summer).
    • If you want to try street food a typical option for meat-eaters is the 'lampredotto' sandwich.
    • San Lorenzo Market lies not far from here in the square by the same name. This outdoor market specializes in leather goods: everything from clothes to accessories. Closed Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great market place with giant food court 14/02/2020
    • Great place to check out the local produce 12/02/2020
    • Mercato Centrale
    Address:
    Piazza del Mercato Centrale
    50136, Florence
    Italy
    Other:
  • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is located in Duomo Square and is one of the main touristic attractions in Florence. The church is the fourth biggest in the world and a great example of Gothic architecture, most famous for its Dome designed by Italian Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Polychrome marble was used to cover the sumptuous exterior, the same coating material used for the adjacent Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower, while the interior of the Cathedral is enriched with floors in precious colored marble, which help to create its unique atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance to the Cathedral is free.
    • Visit the crypt of Santa Reparata, the ancient medieval cathedral of Florence, the remains of which were used to build the new church.
    • You have to climb 463 steps to reach the top of the Dome.
    • You can buy a cumulative ticket to visit Brunelleschi Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and the Crypt.
    • Visiting the Dome is not possible on Sundays. However, please check the website for updates.
    • Remember to dress appropriately when visiting the church.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning 15/02/2020
    • Go with a tour guide 14/02/2020
    • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Address:
    Via della Canonica, 1
    Piazza del Duomo
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Campanile di Giotto
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues, Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    Giotto’s Bell Tower, by famous Italian artist Giotto, is one of the most beautiful bell towers in Italy. Its grandeur dominates Duomo Square, together with the Cathedral and the Baptistery, and its 84.7 meter-tall stature is covered with precious polychrome marble.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are 414 steps to climb, with no lift available. However, the views are a just reward.
    • Consider buying a cumulative ticket to visit here, the adjacent Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Crypt inside the Cathedral.
    • Not far from here is a typical restaurant called "Sasso di Dante," offering a wealth of food options.
    • Ice-cream fans should head to nearby "Vivoli," whose fruity flavors are amazing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing view 13/02/2020
    • Don't be afraid of the climb. Well worth it! 09/02/2020
    • Campanile di Giotto
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo
    Historical Center
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:15 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Battistero di San Giovanni
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    The octagonal Baptistery is dedicated to Saint John, Florence’s Patron Saint. It is one of the oldest churches in Florence, and was once the place where new-born babies were traditionally baptized. You cannot help but admire its amazing mosaic ceiling and the three precious bronze doors adorning the building — the so-called 'Paradise Gate' is the one facing the cathedral.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is from the North Gate.
    • A cumulative ticket allows you to also visit Brunelleschi Dome, the Crypt inside the Cathedral, and Giotto’s Bell Tower at a reduced rate.
    • Admission to the Baptistery is free on June 24th, the day when Florence celebrates its Patron Saint.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another magnificent must see sight in the heart of Florence 15/02/2020
    • The outside doors and the inside ceiling and walls are amazing! 14/12/2019
    • Battistero di San Giovanni
    Address:
    Piazza San Giovanni
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Sasso di Dante
    Restaurants (Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian)
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    This small local favorite offers a wealth of options for a delicious meal — a perfect stop for lunch!

    Tips
    • Relax over excellent food at Sasso Di Dante while you're in the area visiting the Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni.
    From the community
    Ranked #407 of 2,538 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food near the Duomo 03/01/2020
    • Return visit 07/11/2019
    • Sasso di Dante
    Address:
    Piazza delle Pallottole 6/R
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 282113
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Piazza della Signoria
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    This famous square is quite close to Ponte Vecchio and is one of the most recognizable symbols of Florence. The main building dominating the square is Palazzo Vecchio, the city's town hall. In the center of the square, you can admire the Fountain of Neptune and a copy of famous sculpture 'David' by artist Michelangelo Bonarroti.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The original "David" sculpture is exhibited in the Academia Gallery, together with other chef-d’oeuvres by Italian Renaissance artists.
    • Ponte Vecchio, the famous ancient bridge lined with jewelry stores, is only a short distance away.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 641 things to do in Florence
    • Stunning Art & Architecture 16/02/2020
    • A square with copies of statues 14/02/2020
    • Piazza della Signoria
    Phone:
    01087284615
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Palazzo Pitti
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    Pitti Palace is, first and foremost, a beautiful Renaissance building that was once the residence of the Gran Duchy of Tuscany. Today, it is also home to one of the most famous museums in Italy. Several paintings by famous artists like Raphael and Titian can be admired here in the museum's Palatine Gallery, and you can also visit the fourteen luxurious rooms of the Royal Apartments, a Gallery of Modern Art, a Costume Gallery, a Porcelain Gallery and a Carriage Museum. At the end of your tour don't miss the Boboli Gardens, the beautiful park beside Palazzo Pitti, that looks like an open air gallery, filled with a wide collection of interesting sculptures.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book tickets in advance if possible.
    • You may be interested in comparing the famous painting "Portrait of Pope Julius II" with the version displayed in the National Gallery in London.
    • Dogs are not permitted in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bring your walking shoes 09/02/2020
    • Italian Palace with Various Ages Shown 26/01/2020
    • Palazzo Pitti
    Address:
    Piazza Dei Pitti 1
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294883
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 AM - 6:45 PM
    Other:
  • Gallerie Degli Uffizi
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    One of the most famous museums of painting in the world, the Uffizi Gallery displays great works by Giotto, Leonardo, Botticelli, Mantegna, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian and many more. In fact, you may want to plan a second trip to Florence in order to have more time to explore them all properly!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Plan your visit well in advance and buy your ticket online to avoid the queues. A ticket home delivery service is available; once there, you can enter the museum straight away.
    • Audio guides are available in several languages and they are a useful option, especially during your first visit.
    • Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays (like several other museums in Florence).
    • An on-site cafeteria is a good spot for refreshments after your visit.
    • Book in advance for a walk along the Vasari Corridor, the famous covered passageway built by Giorgio Vasari in 1565 that connects Pitti Palace with Palazzo Vecchio.
    • Sandro Botticelli's “Spring” is just one of the precious paintings you can admire here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Incredible museum - try to go during the week 16/02/2020
    • Excellent museum 16/02/2020
    • Gallerie Degli Uffizi
    Address:
    Piazzale Degli Uffizi 6
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 23885
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Ponte Vecchio
    Bridges
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    This beautiful ancient bridge is one of the most famous symbols of Florence. When it was first built, all kinds of shops could be found along it, but in the 16th century, a decree ordered that only jewelers and goldsmiths be allowed to run their business here, and this tradition has survived until today. Rather an odd tourist landmark, Ponte Vecchio has closed sides and is almost entirely covered, but is nevertheless admired by visitors from all over the world.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • At one corner of the bridge you will see Mannelli Tower, the only surviving tower of the four once located on the bridge.
    • Check out the bust of Benvenuto Cellini, the famous Florentine goldsmith, and at the Vasari Corridor, the passageway that connects Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti.
    • Enjoy a romantic evening walk here, when the lights of the shops create an intimate atmosphere.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So many things to do in Florence...Ponte Vecchio is a quick stop but worth it 15/02/2020
    • Busy but worth seeing 13/02/2020
    • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Sonia C Says:

    Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular square dedicated to genius Michelangelo Buonarroti, and is the perfect option if you are looking for a place with great views of Florence. It is located on the south bank of the Arno river, and from here you can see all the main touristic spots and take some amazing pictures to show friends and family back home.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A bronze copy of "David," the famous sculpture by Michelangelo, is located in the middle of the square.
    • Take bus #12 or #13 from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Railway Station to reach Piazzale Michelangelo.
    • If you prefer to walk, a flight of steps close to San Niccolò Tower in Piazza Giuseppe Poggi takes you directly to Piazzale Michelangelo.
    • Arrive just before sunset and you will not be disappointed.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such an amazing view! 16/02/2020
    • Great place 15/02/2020
    • Piazzale Michelangelo
    Address:
    Viale Michelangelo
    50125, Florence
    Italy
top
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo