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An Oklahoman in Florence

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Florence isn't just for world travellers. Grab your camera and get over there! It's an art-lover's paradise!

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  • Art and Architecture Lover

12 Places

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12 Places

Day 1

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

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Art Museums, History Museums

Ponte Vecchio

Bridges

Piazzale Michelangelo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Piazza della Signoria

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Loggia dei Lanzi

Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites

Gallerie Degli Uffizi

Art Museums

Palazzo Vecchio

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Castles

Day 3

Galleria dell'Accademia

Art Museums

Basilica of Santa Croce

Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites

Baldovino Bistrot

Restaurants

OkArtist's City Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk everywhere, but if you poop out, don't be shy about hailing a cab
    Day 1
  • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    OkArtist Says:

    This is the most maginficent building in Florence, if not all of Italy, or even the world. It has so much history, ranging from early early history to Renaissance times and now to the 21st Century. It's a major gathering place on the front steps for tourists from all around the world. I think all of Florence revolves around this beautiful church. Don't forget to visit the Baptistry and Giottos Bell Tower too. You can climb to the top of the dome, and you can climb to the top of Giotto's bell tower. Neither climb is for the weak and weary.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • We were there early in the day, and were able to walk right in when they opened the doors.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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
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    OkArtist Says:

    This impressive bell tower, or campanile is designed by Giotto, and rests adjacent to the duomo. It is free-standing, and reaches a height of 278 feet. It appears that there are 400 steps to the top. It's not for the faint-hearted. At last check, tickets cost 6 euro.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • 6 eu for tickets
    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:
  • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    OkArtist Says:

    This place is hidden behind the Duomo, and would be easy to miss if I hadn't told you about it. There is a major Michelangelo sculpture there, and almost as fascinating, a display of the models and tools used to construct the dome, as well as some of the early sculpture that was unearthed as the cathedral was constructed.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Don't miss it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing museum, well worth a visit 05/02/2020
    • Disappointing Changes. 19/01/2020
    • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo 9
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ponte Vecchio
    Bridges
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    OkArtist Says:

    This is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city of Florence. I believe it was once used by the leather workers during the Renaissance, hence the famous hidden "Vasari Corridor" built above it to allow the Medici to trek to the government buildings without having to smell the tanning reek going on below. Now it's mostly stores withjewelry and gold work. Not smelly any more. The central area is almost like a piazza in itself, with musicians and performers almost always there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • On the opposite side of the River just at the end of the Ponte Vecchio, is an incredible gelato outlet. Triple chocolate!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    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
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    OkArtist Says:

    Across the Arno in the Ultrarno district is the Piazzale Michelangelo. Tourists gather here fot the world-famous view of the Florence skyline. This is one of the most phographed spots in Florence, especially at sundown.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can take a cab up here or, if you're not too tired, it's just a short walk, across the river and up the hill.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    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
  • Day 2
  • Piazza della Signoria
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    OkArtist Says:

    If the Duomo is the hub of Florence, I think the Piazza is the center of all activity. The Uffizi Galery, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia de Lanzi are all located here, as well as the "fake" David. The "real" David has been replaced and moved to the Accademia, for it's own protection. (and rightfully so). This is the true gathering place for the city of Florence. You will meet people from all over the world, and feel immersed in the culture of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be respectful. Don't carry food into the Loggia, don't touch the sculpture, even though it's outdoors.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    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:
  • Loggia dei Lanzi
    Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites
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    OkArtist Says:

    The Loggia is the beautiful "porch" of the Piazza. I believe it once housed the guards during the Renaissance, but now it is open as a place to rest and relax and soak up the Florentine vibes. There are amazing statues by Renaissance artists, most notably the incredible statue of Perseus by Cellini, and outdoor performers licensed by the city to entertain you. Go in, climb up on the ancient benches around the back of the loggia, and relax.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • No Food is allowed in here, and no touching of the sculptures. There are volunteers who police the area to enforce these rules, and believe me, they will ENFORCE them.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free and Fabulous Sculptures on Display 16/02/2020
    • What a Collection 27/01/2020
    • Loggia dei Lanzi
    Address:
    Piazza della Signoria
    50121, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 23885
    Other:
  • Gallerie Degli Uffizi
    Art Museums
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    OkArtist Says:

    What can you say about the Uffizi Gallery that hasn't been said. This is the major museum of Renaissance art in the world. It is crowded. Don't let yourself be pushed along with the crowd if you don't want to be.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy your tickets early, online, to bypass one of the hugest lines you have ever seen. By purchasing your tickets early, you will be put in a "shorter line".
    Plan to stay:
    More than 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:
  • Palazzo Vecchio
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Castles
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    OkArtist Says:

    Palazzo Vecchio was the seat of government for the Medici Family. It's the big block building on the Piazza. It's amazingly beautiful inside. You can visit the Hall of 500 and see where Michelangelo and DaVinci held their "dueling murals" contest. Conventional wisdom is that DaVinci's mural "The Battle of the Anghari" is still hidden behind a mural by Vasari in that room. There is another statue by Michelangelo there which was originally intended for the tomb of Julius II.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lively Piazza 08/02/2020
    • “the Medici at the top” 27/01/2020
    • Palazzo Vecchio
    Address:
    Piazza della Signoria
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    055 2768325
    Hours:
    Thu
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Fri - Wed
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
    Art Museums
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    OkArtist Says:

    This is the place where the "Real" David by Michelangelo has been moved, along with his "Prisoners" statues. Big crowd, huge line. No Photos. But you must see this.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy your tickets ahead of time. Don't try to sneak photos, that guard will see you.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must-see. A smaller museum containing great works of Michelangelo (David) and some beautiful icons and altarpieces 15/02/2020
    • Oh David! 13/02/2020
    • Galleria dell'Accademia
    Address:
    Via Ricasoli, 58/60
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8612
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Basilica of Santa Croce
    Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
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    OkArtist Says:

    This was my favorite church in Florence. It houses the tomb of Michelangelo and other luminaries. You can wander through the church and out into the courtyard to see the dome built by Brunelleschi, and on into the quarters with incredible Pre-Renaissance and Renaissance artwork. It is interesting to see the damage and restoration done to the cathedral by the great flood of the Arno in 1966. Many world treasures were lost, and some great ones were saved. In June, the piazza is filled with sand, and becomes the site of the infamous Calcio Fiorentino football games. They are rough street games between the teams representing the districts of Florence.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Typical Cathedral respectful dress code. You purchase a ticket and enter at the side of the Cathedral
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 641 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique experience 13/02/2020
    • Extravagant! 09/02/2020
    • Basilica of Santa Croce
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Croce 16
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 246 6105
    Other:
  • Baldovino Bistrot
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Tuscan, Central-Italian)
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    OkArtist Says:

    We liked Baldovino's. It was just around the corner from the hotel we stayed at (Dante Hotel), and adjacent to the Santa Croce Cathedral. You must have reservations to dine outside in the evening. We didn't know that, and were kindly ushered inside. The owners are courteous and the food is good.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Outdoor evening dining requires a reservation.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #468 of 2,538 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great seafood 04/01/2020
    • Pleasant Experience 31/12/2019
    • Baldovino Bistrot
    Address:
    Via di San Giuseppe 22/r
    Vicino Piazza Santa Croce
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 241773
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$43
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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