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Top 5 things to do in Florence

Accademia Gallery
#1
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.
Leaning Tower Of Pisa
#2
Leaning Tower Of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous attractions in Italy, known for its iconic diagonal tilt. Constructed over the course of 199 years, the tower originally dates back to 1173 when it was built during an especially prosperous period in Pisa's history. Drawing over one million visitors per year, the tower was off-limits to guests between 1990 and 2001 for safety reasons. Following a decade of corrective reconstruction, it is now once again able to hold visitors for centuries to come.
Palazzo Pitti
#3
Palazzo Pitti
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.
Uffizi Gallery
#4
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.
Cathedral of Siena Complex
#5
Cathedral of Siena Complex
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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Planning your Florence visit

Language

Italian

Currency

Euro (€)

Dialing code

+39

Time zone

Central European Time (CET)

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.