Top 10 Things to do in Florence

Florence doesn’t need much of an introduction as it is one of the most spectacular cities in Italy or maybe even on the world. But what are the best things to do in Florence? We’ve got you covered.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Things to do in Florence

In the past it has been a home to many incredible painters, sculptures, architects, poets and important church figures.

Even if you are not an art connoisseur you probably heard of people such as Michaelangelo, Dante Alighieri, Donatello, Niccolo Machiavelli or Leonardo Da Vinci who made Florence their home at some point and therefore left their work for us to see now.

If you are on vacation in Italy you cannot miss this famous city.

Below you can find a list of top 10 most beautiful things to do in Florence.

1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The cathedral is probably the most famous building in the city. You can spend ages exploring both the outside and the inside of the cathedral as it is full of amazing art.

Some say that the renaissance art began here when the famous marble door with the scene of the scarification of Isaac was created.

Inside of the cathedral you can see some sculptures by Michaelangelo including the most famous tomb of the Pope Urban the VII.

Trust me, you will be amazed by the amount of art you can see!

2. Ponte Vecchio.

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Ponte Vecchio

One of the most famous bridges in the world doesn’t fail to impress visitors as it looks like from a fairy tale.

On the bridge itself you can buy a lot of silver, so if you want to propose to your girlfriend in Florence that is the place to get her a beautiful ring.

The bridge has two levels, however the upper floor is closed to public and only opens for special events once or twice a year.

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3. Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

This church is impressing both from the inside and the outside.

It’s situated in the highest point of the city, so the view from the top is really breathtaking.

Basilica is one of the best examples of Romansque structure not only in Italy, but also in the whole Europe!

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4. Copule of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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The hill provides a great view of the city

If you are not tired and want to see the city from the high up, you can climb the copule of the cathedral.

The view is definitely worth it, but remember there is no elevator inside, so you need to climb all 463 stairs even when it is hot outside!

5. Piazzale Michaelangelo.

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Statue of David

If you don’t want to climb too many stairs you can also head to the hill of Piazzale Michaelangelo to have a wonderful view of the whole city.

You can either take a short walk up the hill of simply take a bus right to the top of it.

Apart from a wonderful view you may see another replica of the statue of David on the top of the hill as well. It is well worth it!

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6. Piazzale della Signoria.

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We loved this square in Florence

Right after the Piazzale Michaelangelo, Piazzale della Signoria is the most beautiful square in Florence.

Go there if you are hungry- it is the best place to eat delicious Italian food like pizza, spaghetti, tiramisu or panna cotta.

If you don’t feel like eating, you can just stay for a while in one of the romantic cafes and watch the people passing by…

7. David’s statue.

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The famous statue of David

The statue of David created a lot of confusion as a lot of visitors think you can see it right in the middle of the square.

Well, we are sorry to tell you this, but that is just a copy of this famous Michaelangelo’s work and the real David is standing inside in the Accademia di Belle Arte Stay patient when you visit as the line might be as long as to Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre or Sistine Chapel in the Vatican city.

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8. Basilica di Santa Croce.

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Another beautiful church of Florence!

It’s the place where the most famous Italians were buried. You will find there graves of Galileo, Michaelangelo or Machiavelli.

These people changed the history of the world, so it is great to be able to give them proper honour while sightseeing in Florence.

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9. Galleria d’Uffizi.

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You can spend hours at this museum

This wonderful museum probably has so much to see that you can spend hours and hours in there.

Starting from Venus from Urbino and finishing on Botticelli’s Primavera you won’t forget your visit.

Make sure you prebook your tickets in advance to skip a very long time outside the museum. It is better to get lost in the beautiful streets of Florence than stand in a never-ending queue.

10. Piazza del Duomo

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The sun sets over the city

Last but not least. Piazza del Duomo, situated in the heart of Florence, is surrounded by beautiful buildings and breathtaking artwork.

It has many restaurants and shops around, so it is an amazing place to spend some time after busy day of sightseeing in Florence.

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13 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to do in Florence”

  1. Interesting article about the sights in Firenze. Tip: the picture of 3 (San Miniato al Monte) and 4 (the Cupola) should be switched. For the rest, if you’ve time definitely visit the amazing Palazzo Pitti.

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  2. Florence is one of the best cities in Italy as last lear I visited there for 2 days but at that time due to lack of time I couldn’t explore it so going back again there next Monday so I was looking for some best recommendations of best things to do there thanks for letting me know what to do there on priority basis.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this great article and your pictures are fantastic, especially the one with the sunset and the Duomo. It is indeed one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you have to visit Florence to understand! The Duomo never gets old,

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  4. Stunning photos…
    thanks for the list…
    florence is an epic place with beautiful architecture and awesome street art works…

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  5. Nothing better than finding what is sought with such good quality. I’m already with your list that will be my guide for this next month. Thank you.

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  6. I have actually been to Florence and it has to be one off the 1o most amazing and beautiful cities in Europe to visit. I had an incredible time. If I go back I will be sure to use your list as a guide.

    Mark

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  7. Very beautiful photos, but the one that you displayed for Basilica San Miniato al Monte is in fact Basilica Santa Maria Novella. The two are extremely similar and easy to be confused, but still different.

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  8. All the photo’s are stunning, can’t imagine in word. The Piazza del Duomo city is look like a paint i still don’t believe that its a city not paint amazing .

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