Major Attractions in Florence
In Florence, you’ll find a perfect backdrop for romance just about everywhere you go. Check out these must-see Florence attractions. . .
Porta del Paradiso
(Gates of Paradise)
The stunning east doors of the Romanesque Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence, took 28 years to complete. When finished, Michelangelo declared them “so beautiful they would grace the entrance to Paradise”, which is how they remain known to this day.
Head to the The Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) to admire the perfect Renaissance nude, a masterpiece of sculpture and a symbol of Italy itself.
Gallerie degli Uffizi
Explore one of the world's great museums and home to the world's single greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art. Discover works by Giotto, Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio and more.
Don't miss Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus: the goddess of love is a beauty drawn in the flowing lines and limpid grace of one of the most elegant masters of the early Renaissance.
Piazza del Duomo
Stroll around the holy centre of Florence, mix with the talkative Italian crowd and admire the striking bronze baptistery doors and the glittering pink, white and green marble façade of the cathedral.
Steal a kiss on the oldest and most famous bridge across the Arno, built in 1345. Browse through jewellery shops that have lined the bridge since at least the 12th century.
Piazza della Signoria
Wander around Tuscany's most famous square and the monumental heart of Florence, an open-air museum of sculpture, dominated by a copy of Michelangelo's David (the original once stood here).
Don’t miss the 14th century Loggia della Signoria, complete with ancient and Renaissance statues (the most celebrated being Bevenuto Cellini's Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa).
The Hills of Florence
Enjoy a romantic walk from Florence up to the Fiesole hills and also discover the hills of San Miniato and Bellosguardo, which rise south of the Arno.
Explore tiny medieval hill towns overlooking rolling landscapes of olive groves and rows of slender cypress trees. Don’t miss the renellated palazzos and soaring towers that circle San Gimignano’s piazzas.
Soak up the city's amorous atmosphere over hearty Florentine fare at a local-style trattoria. Try tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and beef cooked in Chianti wine at I' Cche' c'è c'è (near Piazza Della Signoria).
Head to Il Latini (Piazza Santa Trínita), where scores of prosciutto ham hocks hang from the ceiling, for platters of grilled meats and bowls of steaming ribollita (vegetable soup). At La Giostra (near Santa Croce) try the tortelloni alla Mugellana (handmade potato-stuffed pasta in ragù) or gnocchetti alla Lord Reinolds (potato dumplings in a sauce of stilton and Port).
For designer fashion head to the modern minimalist boutiques and former palaces along the elegant Via de' Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna Nuova and surrounding streets. Here you'll find Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo and Mila Schön. Enjoy haggling at the colourful and noisy San Lorenzo street market or look out for antiques along Via Maggio.
For a range of shops less glitzy than those on the Via de' Tornabuoni, browse from Via Cerretani along Via Roma through the Piazza della Repubblica area, across the Ponte Vecchio with its gold jewellery and up Via Guicciardini on the other side.
Best buys in Florence
– Haute couture fashions, handmade shoes, bags, leather goods, jewellery, antiques and perfume.