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Things to see in Florence Italy

The plan was to make this article a ‘Top five things to see in Florence Italy but I failed simply because I got carried away, and could not un-convince myself that the next photo was not as important as the one before.

If you are visiting Florence for just a day my advice is to take all of it walking the city. While there are plenty of museums and opportunities to part with your money, Florence is an open-air museum and it’s completely free to walk around and is better than a museum. Walking around the town you can truly experience the magnificence of this city and imagine what it must have been like to live at the time of the Renaissance. It’s the same advice I would give for anyone thinking about a short-break in Venice – don’t get sucked into paid tourist experiences, the joy is already on display for free!

The Florence Baptistry

The Florence Battistero (Baptistry)
The Florence Baptistry at first light (6am)

La Loggia dei Lanzi

Fabulous sculptures in this open-air museum in Florence's Piazza della Signoria
Situated directly in front of the local council offices in Piazza della Signoria

The magnificence of the Pitti Palace

Porcellino will tell you if you are lucky, just place a coin in his mouth!

Porcelino at Porcelino Market, Florence

Go shopping for a Florentine leather bag!

Leather bags galore at the Porcelino Market in Florence
Leather bags galore all over Florence (San Lorenzo market and Porcellino market)

Enjoy the view from the top of the Duomo

The view from the Top of the Florence Duomo
Atop the Florence Duomo  (don’t worry there are even better views from on the other sides!)

Marvel at the splendour of the Last Judgement

Florence - Duomo. Inside the cupola: 3600 m2 of frescoes, created by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, artists working from 1572 to 1579.
Florence – Duomo. Inside the cupola: 3600 m2 of frescoes, created by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, artists working from 1572 to 1579.

Visit the Tomb of the Florentine Shakespeare, Dante Aligherio.

The tomb of Dante Aligherio can be found in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
Located at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

The Basilica of Santa Croce

The spectacular Basilica of the Holy Cross, near to Duomo of Firenze.
The spectacular Basilica of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce), very close to the Florence Duomo.

Michelangelo David

The original is in the Accademia Gallery in Florence
The Accademia Gallery houses the original (long queues) or the copy in Piazza Signoria is still pretty good!

The view from Piazzale Michelangelo

 

The Duomo of Florence during sundown.
One side of the the view from Piazzale Michelangelo (the view looking towards the Ponte Vecchio I leave for you!)

 

That is a whistle-stop tour of some of Florence’s best things to see for free. As you can see it went a little bit further than a ‘top five things to see in Florence’, but I hope you enjoyed it none the less. UNESCO believes that one-third of all the worlds art can be found in Florence, and that is a simply staggering feat for a city with a population of a little over 350,00!

Take a holiday in Florence and see for yourself

We own a fabulous modern, clean and well-appointed apartment in Florence that has two separate bedroom areas. There is also a sofa bed that can sleep another two people if need be. It’s walking distance from everything shown on this page. The walk to the Duomo is 12-15 minutes from the apartment, and it’s a really nice walk too! Take a look at our apartment and get in touch if you would like to take a holiday in Florence, we’ll be happy to welcome you.

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If you are visiting Florence for just a day my advice is to take all of it walking the city. While there are plenty of museums and opportunities to part with your money, Florence is an open-air museum and it's completely free to walk around and is better than a museum.
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