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Welcome to Florence

Art and architecture reign supreme in the Renaissance city of Florence. The cobblestone streets have hardly changed since the 17th century, and walking tours will take you through hidden plazas (piazze), over the Ponte Vecchio, and past the Brunelleschi-designed Duomo. Opt for skip-the-line tickets to see the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze and Uffizi Gallery, home to some of the world’s most famous artwork. And be sure to allow plenty of time for leisurely meals featuring the bounty of the Tuscan hills surrounding the city.

Top 10 attractions in Florence

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. Other works on display include 15th- and 16th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and a museum of musical instruments.More
Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

The Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi) houses one of the world’s most significant collections of art, drawing in more than a million annual visitors who wish to cast eyes upon its many masterpieces. Set in the heart of Florence, the museum contains the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Giotto, among others. It is the premier place to view Italian Renaissance art and is the most-visited museum in Italy.More
Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

No matter where you walk in Florence, chances are you will spot its famous Duomo—a defining element of the city’s history, geography, and identity—towering above. Beneath its red-tiled dome lies Florence’s largest church, officially known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori. Together with the Museum of the Duomo, an opera museum, the baptistery of San Giovanni, and Giotto's Bell Tower, the Duomo complex has become the city’s most famous landmark.More
Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria

Home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria is the most important public square in Florence. The political heart of the city for centuries, today the square is also a vibrant social hub, where locals and tourists gather at the Loggia dei Lanzi and Neptune fountain to soak up the elegant atmosphere.More
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

The historic Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Florence after Brunelleschi’s soaring red dome topping the Duomo. The three lower arches of this 14th-century bridge span the Arno River at its narrowest point between the Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace, and a stretch of the famous Vasari Corridor runs along its top. Situated on street level, the Ponte Vecchio is lined with pocket-sized jewelry shops and packed with locals and tourists taking a stroll or snapping photos of the colorful palazzi lining the river bank.More
Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

The most famous scenic overlook in Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo is beloved for its breathtaking views over the city’s rooftops. From this 19th-century square set on a hillside in the Oltrarno neighborhood, panoramic views stretch over the Rose Garden, Ponte Vecchio spanning the river Arno, the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's iconic Duomo and bell tower, and the Tuscan hills beyond.More
Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

The 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio has been the symbol of this Renaissance capital’s political power for more than seven centuries. With its imposing crenellated roofline and defensive tower, it dominates Piazza della Signoria and is home to the luxurious chambers of the Medici family. Visiting Palazzo Vecchio for a peek into Renaissance Florence is a rite of passage for visitors.More
Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica is one of the most important and elegant squares in the heart of Florence, lined with porticoed 19th-century palazzi, Grand Dame hotels, high-end boutiques, bustling restaurants, and historic cafés. A stroll through this beautiful public space is a must during any Florence sightseeing tour.More
Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti)

Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti)

Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) was built by Luca Pitti in the 1400s. A century later, Duchess of Florence Eleonora di Toledo purchased the Renaissance palazzo for her husband, Cosimo I de' Medici, and it remained the official residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the early 20th century. Today, Pitti Palace is Florence's largest museum complex.More
Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)

Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)

Situated just west of the Duomo Cathedral, the Florence Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni) is one of the oldest structures in Florence. Its iconic octagonal structure dates back to ancient Rome, while its 16th-century bronze doors—sculpted by Lorenzo Ghiberti—were dubbed the Gates of Paradise by Michelangelo himself.More

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Top activities in Florence

Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
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Chianti Safari: Tuscan Villas, Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence
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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence
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Semi Private Cinque Terre and Pisa Leaning Tower Tour from Florence
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Florence to Chianti wine region with 2 wine tastings and vineyards escape
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Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour with Guide
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Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence
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Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence
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Historic tales of Florence and the Medici.
Rachel_W, Jun 2022
The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales
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Joseph_B, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour
Amazing to see david and have a guided tour around florence.
Wonderful way to see the outdoor sites in Florence , with personal tour guide
Vonette_N, Jun 2022
Electric Cart Tour Florence
We only had an afternoon in Florence and wanted a quick way to see the sites and not waste time looking how to get everywhere.
Ariel_M, Jun 2022
Electric Cart Tour Florence
Excellent way to see all the amazing sites in Florence.
Dawn_S, Jun 2022
Kid-Friendly Florence Accademia Tour w Michelangelo's David & City Wonders
A good way to see Florence and learn some of the history of the city, including the Medici family.
Great experience!
Peter_K, Jun 2022
Kayak on the Arno river in Florence under the arches of the Old Bridge
Great way to see the city (bridges) under a very different perspective.
Great trip to Tuscan countryside
Leigh_C, Jun 2022
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
Great to see two different winery styles.
Cruising fun!!
Susan_B, Jun 2022
Small Group Florence Highlights Bike Tour
Great way to see Florence, tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us a lot about the history of the city.
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Gail_R, Jun 2022
Florence Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line to Accademia & Michelangelo’s ‘David’
This way we could take our time to see what we wanted to.
Biking through Florence
Vivian_W, Jun 2022
Electric Bike Tour in Small Group
Our guide was superb and riding through the streets of Florence, althought a bit scary, was a great way to see the sights and learn the history of various buildings and historical figures.
Great way to spend a day in Tuscany!
Rick_H, Jun 2022
San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti Day Trip with Lunch & Wine Tasting
Great guides and well worth a day to see and learn so much about this region.
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Gregory_K, Jun 2022
Pastamania - Pasta making class
We’d definitely recommend this to others looking for activities for couples in Florence.
Pisa, Tuscany, Sienna and San Magnano whole day tour
Franco_F, Jun 2022
Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa & Lunch in a Winery
Whole day tour of Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Tuscany wine and San Magnano are all beautiful to see while in Italy
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Barb_S, Jun 2022
Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Good way to see the city and decide what to see next.
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Joseph_R, Jun 2022
Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
The Vespa tour was a great way to see the Tuscan countryside around Florence.
Enjoyable, informative and beautiful
Peter_G, May 2022
Pisa from Florence afternoon Tour including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower Ticket
This is the way to see Pisa if you have a short timeframe.
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Penny_A, May 2022
Florence Hills Electric Bike Tour with amazing Views and Delicious Gelato
This tour with Gabriel was so nice and a totally low key way to see the outskirts of Florence.
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Katelan_D, May 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Florence Private Tour
Highly recommend for the best way to see Florence!
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Carol_L, May 2022
Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart
Great way to see the city- i was our first full day in Florence and it gave us a good layout of the city and ideas of what we wanted to go back and see again.
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Ida_G, May 2022
Florence free Walking Tour
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke English quite well.
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What is Florence famous for?

Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is home to some of the most recognized works of art and architecture in the world. Topping the list is the Duomo, the city’s soaring cathedral famous for Brunelleschi’s dome, and Michelangelo’s iconic 17-foot (5-meter) David statue, now housed in the Accademia Gallery.

What is the best month to go to Florence?

More than 5 million people visit Florence in an average year, so the city is overrun during the high-season summer months. Time your trip for early spring (March through April) or late fall (October through November) to avoid the tourist crush and enjoy the museums and sights in relative peace.

How many days do I need in Florence?

Plan to spend at least two days in Florence. Tour the historic center, outdoor markets, and the Accademia Gallery (home to Michelangelo’s David) on the first day. On the following day, explore the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, and artisan workshops in the Oltrarno neighborhood.

How do I spend a day in Florence?

If you only have one day in Florence, begin with a walking tour through the historic center to take in highlights like the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio. Then make a beeline to the Accademia Gallery (book your ticket in advance) to marvel at Michelangelo’s David.

What should I not miss in Florence?

The two headliners in Florence are the Duomo (cathedral) and Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery, both a quick walk from the train station and easy to visit in a few hours. Other A-list sights include goldsmith-lined Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno River and main Piazza della Signoria.

What attractions are free in Florence?

Florence’s top sight—the Duomo—is free, though you need to purchase tickets to climb the dome or bell tower or visit the baptistery. The city’s famous outdoor markets and Ponte Vecchio also cost nothing to explore. At sunset, head to Piazzale Michelangelo for the best free view of the city.

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