Florence Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Florence
Everything in Florence revolves around the DUOMO, the 13th century cathedral that is one of Italy's largest churches. It is topped by the biggest brick dome ever built, from where visitors get 360-degree views over the city. You'll be able to see PONTE VECCHIO from there, a medieval bridge famous for the shops built on top of it, currently selling souvenirs, art, and jewelry.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world's oldest and most important museums. Naturally, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael are well represented in the extraordinary collection of paintings, but be warned that you may have to wait for hours in the high summer season before you get to see them. It is recommended that you get your tickets in advance (skip the line and get your Uffizi tickets here).
Also never missed by any visitor is the Accademia Gallery, especially for the world's most famous sculpture -- Michelangelo's David (skip the line: get your Accademia Gallery tickets here).
Another major work of art is the CAPPELLA BRANCACCI, a chapel inside the Santa Maria del Carmine Church whose frescoes have led it to be called the "Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance."
If all of that is not enough, you'll find other outstanding works inside the Palazzo Pitti. This Renaissance palace is the largest museum complex in the city, with hundreds of Renaissance paintings displayed in lavish rooms.
Although the extraordinary art is Florence's main attraction, its churches are equally impressive. SANTA CROCE BASILICA is the largest Franciscan church in the world and contains Michelangelo's tomb, while SANTA MARIA NOVELLA standing by the main train station was the city's first great basilica.
SAN LORENZO CHURCH is said to be the oldest of them all and is the resting place of the Medici family.
The monumental PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA is the heart and the meeting point of the city where you'll find a replica of Michelangelo's famous David statue (which you'll admire in the Accademia Gallery -- see above). Together with the other eye-catching statues, it gives the square a feeling of an open-air museum overlooked by the tower of the PALAZZO VECCHIO, a crenellated palace that serves as the town hall.
Those wishing to explore more of the local life should head to the MERCATO CENTRALE, the colorful food market inside a 19th-century glass and iron structure.
You can see all of that and the entire city from PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO, a panoramic 19th century terrace filled with tourists using the spectacular backdrop of the city for the most beautiful photos of their Florence visit.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Florence and take the opportunity to explore the Tuscany region.