Things to see in Florence Italy

The choice is yours of how to enjoy Florence!


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

La Loggia dei Lanzi

Situated directly in front of the local council offices in Piazza della Signoria.

The magnificence of the Pitti Palace

Porcellino (test your luck)

Shopping for Florentine leather

Leather bags galore all over Florence (San Lorenzo market and Porcellino market)

Take in the view from the top of the 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 .The Last Judgement. Inside the cupola: 3600 m2 of frescoes, created by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, who worked there from 1572 to 1579.

Visit the Tomb of the Florentine own William Shakespeare, Dante Aligherio.

Located at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

The Basilica of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce)

The spectacular Basilica of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce), very close to the Florence Duomo. Home to the annual Calcio Storico of Florence

Michelangelo’s David

The view from Piazzale Michelangelo


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