Top attractions in Florence
Florence is the soul of Tuscany, and it brims with the influences of the Renaissance. You'll discover a myriad of architectural wonders and a profusion of exquisite artwork, all of which culminate into one cultural masterpiece of a city.
The Uffizi Gallery is the city's top museum, and the place to see Botticelli's stunning "Birth of Venus." It's also wise to book your entrance ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line.
Michaelangelo's "David" stands in the center of the Tribune and rightfully so. Classical music lovers will also enjoy the exhibit at the Accademia Gallery's Museum of Musical Instruments.
It's Florence's, if not the world's, most famous statue, and people have been admiring "David's" chiseled physique since its unveiling in 1504.
A replica of "David" at the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio indicates his original position here until 1873. The renowned Hall of Five Hundred is a part of the building's museum section.
Piazza della Signoria has plenty of statuary, with the gallery of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the equestrian statue of Cosimo I and the Fountain of Neptune, who slightly resembles Cosimo.
Known as il Duomo, the view from the Gothic cathedral's iconic, red-brick dome offers a sweeping panorama over waves of the city's terracotta rooftops amid rolling, Tuscan hills.
Dedicated to the city's patron saint, John the Baptist, Florence Baptistry in white and green Prato marble boasts an inner dome with lavish, golden mosaics.
It may appear ordinary from the outside, but it's the grandeur within that makes the Church of Santa Maria Novella well worth the visit. Its cloister also provides some moments of serenity.
Pastel-colored apartments upon shops selling art, jewelry, and souvenirs line the city's oldest and most unique bridge Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. It's picture-perfect day and night.
Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the former Medici family residence. The Pitti Palace houses five museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the opulent Palatine Gallery.
A minimum of four nights will allow you to see the top sites without rushing from one to another. Give yourself a week or more for a full Renaissance immersion.
The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you're planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you'll have to park outside the "Limited Traffic Zone." Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.
Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it's free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you'll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called "pane e coperto" (literally "bread and cover"). It's an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it's not a tip for your server.
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- By October, the weather is still warm, but the tourist rush is winding down.
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What people are saying about Florence
This ticket was good in allowing us to skip the long line to get into the Uffizi but you do still have to queue to get through security. It was also not made clear when we queued in the express line that we had to go to a man standing across from the entrance first to exchange our voucher for the actual ticket so we ended up queuing in the express queue twice! We went to the museum in the afternoon and it might have been better to go earlier in the day as when we were in the museum there were loads of tours which made it more difficult for us to get near to the most famous paintings which everyone wants to see. The museum is certainly impressive and has lots of famous paintings which even art novices like us recognised and enjoyed seeing.
There were only 3 of us on our tour and we definitely got the personal treatment. Our guide, Sylvia, was wonderful. So friendly with a great sense of humour and perfect English. She really brought the artworks in the Academia and the Uffizi to life with a delightful spontaneity, frequently cross referring to the three of us as individuals and involving us in the tour, rather than just reciting a prepared script. The short break for a gelato was very welcome - try the buontelimento, supposedly mascarpone flavour but absolutely delicious Grazie Mille, Sylvia, a presto
The tour was excellent; Uffizi followed by Academia David with a walking tour of Florence center in between the two galleries. It ended up being a good use of our time. Our tour guide was Alessandra from Keys of Italy was very good. She was very knowledgeable, great at explaining the significance of the pieces. She also was good about only spending time on the most important pieces. I would highly recommend this tour to someone that wants to make good use of 4 - 5 hours in Florence.
Trip was well organized, saved us the hassle of jumping between busses n trains to do these places on our own. Lorenzo, our guide great too very humorous n helpful, he even helped us secure a cab to our hotel from the drop off point, after the trip got over. Would recommend to anyone doing the trip for the first time n not wanting to venture out too much experimenting self guided tours on holidays. Let's u relax n enjoy thoroughly.
My husband and I very much enjoyed our day trip to wine country outside of Florence. Lucca, our gude and driver was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher. Very safe driver. Eager to meet the needs of his travellers. The wine tastings were very much enjoyed. Lunch was superior with an outstanding, wonderful view of a Tuscan valley. Would definitely take another tour with this company.