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Uffizi Gallery
1. Uffizi Gallery
For lovers of art and history, there is no more special place to visit than Florence's Uffizi Gallery. Open to the public since 1765, this former magistrate's office on the banks of the Arno welcomes some two million tourists a year. The Uffizi's collection is laid out in chronological order from the 13th up to the 17th century, so visitors get to experience the evolution of Italian art, from the introduction of realism and perspective of Cimabue and Giotto up to to the High Renaissance of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and finally to the Baroque chiaroscuro of Caravaggio. A visit to the Uffizi is a unique chance to commune with the protagonists of the Italian Renaissance. When planning a trip here, always remember that the Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays.
Accademia Gallery
2. Accademia Gallery
Visitors to Florence's Accademia Gallery invariably come for one reason – to see Michelangelo's magnificent statue of David. David has been on display here since 1873 along with the artist's Slaves and St. Matthew. On a trip to the Accademia – originally founded in the 1780s – you'll also be able to take in an important collection of Renaissance paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Ghirlandaio, see the remarkable original plaster cast of Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women, and the charming Museum of Musical Instruments.
Selfie Museum Firenze
3. Selfie Museum Firenze
Selfie Museum Firenze is dedicated to contemporary creativity. Just a few hundred meters from the Duomo and the Accademia Gallery (where Michelangelo's David is kept), the two-story exhibition space is home to immersive art, optical illusions, sound installations, kinetic sculptures, digital storytelling, and augmented and virtual reality.
Palazzo Strozzi
4. Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi is one of Florence’s great Renaissance residences. Powerful banker Filippo Strozzi the Elder commissioned the palace in the late 1400s, ordering the demolition of a large number of pre-existing buildings in the process. The Palazzo Strozzi we see today is a free-standing and beautifully proportioned structure that trumps the Medici Palace of Strozzi’s business and political rivals, the Medici family. The Strozzi family eventually relinquished the property during the fascist period, and the City of Florence has been managing it since 1999. Visitors now come to see some of the most exciting exhibitions held in Italy each year.
Florence Cathedral (Duomo di Firenze)
5. Florence Cathedral (Duomo di Firenze)
Since it was opened to the public in 1436, Florence's most famous landmark, the Duomo (or Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) is a must-see city landmark. In fact, its towering size means you can't miss it. Filippo Brunelleschi's red-tiled dome is a wonder all on its own, but the architecture is as impressive inside as it is on the outside. Climbing to the top of this stunning cathedral affords great views of the city.

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Palazzo Pitti was built for Renaissance banker Luca Pitti. A loyal consigliere to Cosimo de Medici, Pitti wanted a mansion built to rival those of the mighty Medici. He did pretty well: about 100 years after its construction the Medici acquired it and moved in. With a grand courtyard, Royal Apartments, the Palatine Gallery and a high Baroque interior design, this is a worthy Renaissance palace.
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Originally conceived in the 16th century, the Boboli Gardens are now home to a remarkable 3,000-year old Egyptian obelisk, design features by leading architects such as Ammanati and Vasari, and eye-catching statues, grottoes, and fountains from the likes of Giambologna.
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The Palazzo Vecchio is located in the beating heart of Florence, right next to Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. The tower offers amazing views of Florence and shouldn't be missed.
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Discover everything da Vinci in a hands-on museum experience that lets you interact with Leo's greatest creations and learn about his incredible contributions to the fields of art and science.
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Housed in the 11th-century Palazzo Castellani, the Galileo Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the eponymous scientist and astronomer and celebrating the contributions of Tuscany to modern science.
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The Duomo in Siena is ideally located in a piazza above the Piazza del Campo, easy to reach on foot and by public transport. This Gothic building houses treasures by the likes of Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo, as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio.
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Bargello Museum (also known as Museo del Bargello) is one of the oldest buildings in Florence, dating back to 1255. What used to be a palace, as well as a prison and barracks, is now an art museum boasting a number of 16th-century sculptures, plus four masterpieces by Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Donatello's David.
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Florence's Museo di San Marco features art and frescoes by the gifted early Renaissance painter Fra’ Angelico. The museum is part of a complex comprising a church and a convent. The museum is centrally located in Piazza San Marco.
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The Square of Miracles (Piazza dei Miracoli in Italian) is one of the most spectacular architectural complexes in the world. As well as the quintessential Leaning Tower of Pisa, it houses the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, the Monumental Cemetery, the Baptistry and the Sinopie Museum. The entire site belongs to the Catholic Church and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
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Museo de' Medici is a museum in Florence dedicated to the House of Medici, an influential banking family that ruled over the Florentine Republic (and later, Florence) from the 15th to the 18th century. They were great patrons of the arts and played a prominent role in funding the Renaissance in Italy.
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The church of Santo Stefano al Ponte is a place of Catholic worship located in the small, homonymous Santo Stefano square, near the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. The church is the result of several architectural interventions over the centuries. Among these, the 17th-century renovation stands out as the one that reshaped the interior, creating a very original architectural theme of broken lines, without any curves.
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Villa Bardini is a 17th century villa, located in Florence, with ten acres of gardens including an orchard. The location offers one of the best views of Florence and also features an event space with regularly updated exhibitions from renowned artists.
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Get lost (but don’t worry, you’ll like it!)

Florence is a pedestrian’s dream – you can find something of interest in every shop window, the historic center teems with life and many streets are too narrow for cars or buses to squeeze through. As such, the fastest way to get where you want to go is by foot. If you really prefer wheels over walking, bicycles are available for hire and are much more recommended than the occasionally slow, inconvenient buses and trams (not to mention the costly taxis!)

The city where summer ends slowly

If you’re trying to decide on the best time to visit Florence, you’re in luck! This city is temperate for the majority of the year, but from June until September, tourist crowds descend on Florence. Combined with the oppressive summer heat, the peak of summer can be a bad time to travel. To avoid the worst while enjoying the best of Florence, plan your visit for the spring. Or, if you’re not scared of a little cold, January and February are significantly less busy.

Art, culture, and Florentine steaks

To experience Florence in person is to step into a living, breathing history book. Home of the Renaissance movement, the city was the heart of European politics, culture, and art for hundreds of years. Today, Florence is alive with magnificent museums, fancy designer stores, sensational restaurants (see the title above) and awe-inspiring art and architecture, making it one of Europe’s most truly unmissable experiences.

What to do in Florence for 3 days

Uffizi Gallery

Step into the Uffizi Gallery where time – and beauty – stand still. This museum is a treasure trove of Renaissance and Baroque art, featuring iconic pieces such as The Birth of Venus and Adoration of the Magi. Skip the line and lose yourself in the wondrous works of Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Botticelli and Titian.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The Duomo of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore defines the Florence skyline, and its interior is equally jaw-dropping. This architectural marvel is as beautiful in design as the frescoes that adorn its white and green marble walls. Don’t miss a chance to ascend the Duomo and enjoy the stunning vistas. It may be a modern city today, but the view of Florence is no less stunning!

Accademia Gallery

Florence's Accademia Gallery is home to one of the most famous Renaissance sculptures in the world: Michelangelo’s David. This 5.17-meter icon embodies the 16th century’s blend of art and protest – it’s no coincidence that he’s glaring towards Rome! Be sure to check out other incredible works from the likes of Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and Uccello.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The humble town of Pisa makes for a perfect day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Florence. Though Pisa is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site Piazza dei Miracoli, the odds are that you know it more for its 800-year-plus Leaning Tower. Scale its 296 steps like Galileo once did and take in the beautiful town from above.

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