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TOP 9 THINGS TO DO & SEE IN FLORENCE

Heading to Florence this Summer? Here are 9 things we highly recommend you do during your visit to this beautiful city.

1. Be Surrounded By Art At Uffizi Gallery

The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. The Renaissance masterpieces that you will find here are unique and one of a kind with paintings by famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci found here. During the high season waiting times can be up to five hours to get in, so we highly recommend you reserve a Uffizi Gallery ticket in advance to have a shorter wait.

2. Stroll Along The Oldest Bridge In Florence: Ponte Vecchio

No visit to Florence is complete without going for a stroll along Ponte Vecchio. The Ponte Vecchio is one of Florence’s landmarks and certainly the most photographed bridge in the city. The most famous bridge of them all was built at the narrowest point of the Arno and is the only remaining one with houses and shops still built on it.

3. Marvel at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

This cathedral is probably one of the most famous buildings in the city. Spend your morning exploring this stunning cathedral from the inside and out, full of incredible art. Here you will find sculptures by Michelangelo and the famous tomb of the pope Urban the VII.

4. Check Out The Statue of David

Many think that the statue of David can be found right in the middle of the square. But we are sorry to tell you this is only a copy of this famous Michelangelo masterpiece and the real David is found inside the Accademia Di Belle Arte. Also be prepared for quite the line to catch a glimpse of this piece of art as it is just as popular as the Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre!

5. Eat Pizza & Gelato

You can not visit Italy without grabbing a slice of pizza and a scoop of their world famous gelato! This one should actually be at the top of your list and the first thing you do when arriving in Florence.

6. Visit The Stunning San Miniato al Monte

This church is breathtaking from both from the inside and the outside. It’s situated at the highest point of the city, so the view from the top is really breathtaking & one of the best in Florence. This building is also one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture not only in Italy, but in the whole of Europe!

7. Climb the Duomo

Climbing the Duomo is one of the most breathtaking experiences you can have in the center of Florence. From the top you will pretty much be above the entire city and have a unique, breathtaking view. But, beware! The steps to get to the top are 463, it’s a pretty challenging climb!

8. Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce

The Basilica of Santa Croce is another one of those hard to miss sights in Florence, mainly due to its’ grandeur and size. It is a beautifully designed Franciscan church in Florence and as such is a very important landmark in the city. It is also the burial place of some of Italy’s most famous nationals including Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini.

9. For The Best Views Head To Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo, with its magnificent panoramic view of the city, is located in the Oltrarno district and is one the most famous squares in Florence. The view from this observation point is just as famous and has been reproduced on countless postcards over the years. To get there you can walk the tiny streets of San Niccolò neighborhood – a very cute neighbourhood to explore along the way!

Where do you want to visit the most in Italy? Is Florence on your list?

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  • I think Florence is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Very elegant and its charm is so alluring.