Florence is one of the most touristic cities in the world and also one of the most complete. Museums, monuments, architecture, gastronomy… If you are not sure how to plan your escape, take note of the 10 best things to see in Florence.
Museo Bargello, Galleria degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio or Michelangelo’s David are some of the 10 best things to see on a trip to Florence.
With almost two million visitors a year, the Galleria degli Uffizi is the most popular art gallery in Italy and one of the places to see in Florence. This palace-museum houses one of the oldest art collections in the world, with world-famous canvases such as Boticelli’s The Spring and the Birth of Venus, or Giotto’s Madonna of Ognisanti, as well as Greek and Roman sculptures and statues.
Arranged chronologically, the exhibition is distributed over two floors and many pieces are stored due to lack of space. Every day long queues are formed to access the Uffizi, so we recommend buying your tickets in advance at Ticketbar to avoid several hours of waiting at this attraction to visit in Florence.
After the above mentioned, it is the second most visited museum in town and one of the must-see in Florence. Opened in 1784 to offer study material to the students of Fine Arts, it is famous for housing the David, possibly the most famous sculpture on the planet. This impressive work by Michelangelo, 5.17 metres high and made between 1501 and 1504, depicts a vigorous young man before he faced Goliath.
Although it was originally located at the gates of the Ponte Vecchio, it was moved to this covered space to protect it from the weather. Other carvings, a large collection of religious paintings and ancient musical instruments can be seen in the Galleria dell’Accademia. Book now your preferential ticket at Ticketbar for this essential visit in Florence.
Its name means ‘Old Bridge’ and it is one of the most beautiful footbridges in the world, as well as one of the most portrayed. An express order from Hitler ensured that it was not destroyed during World War II, unlike some of his brothers, and is another thing to see in Florence.
Its free access has made it one of the most frequented monuments in Italy, and it is also the oldest bridge built entirely of stone in Europe. One of the stops on the guided tour you can book right now on Ticketbar is a romantic place where there are many couples who have begun to ‘seal’ their love with the dreaded locks.
Santa Maria del Fiore
One of the masterpieces of Gothic art and of the first Italian Renaissance is an emblem of the wealth and power of the Tuscan capital in the 13th and 14th centuries. Its majestic dome, work of Filippo Brunelleschi, with 100 meters of internal height and 45.5 meters of external diameter, is one of the peculiarities of Santa Maria del Fiore, another of the stops to make in Florence.
The surroundings of the Duomo are perfect to enjoy the typical Italian aperitif, if possible, Spritz Aperol in hand.
The Old Palace and the Plaza de la Señoría, where it is located, is one of the guided tours that you can hire at Ticketbar. It takes place all year round, every Monday, at half past four in the afternoon, with a duration of ninety minutes.
Professional English speaking guide who will tell you every detail, entrance to the museum and headphones are included in this package so you don’t miss out on two of the places to see in Florence. Originally called Palagio Novo, it houses a collection of works by Michelangelo, Bronzino and Vasari, as well as the City Hall offices. Are you a film buff?
Well, in fact, from the main balcony of Palazzo Vecchio the dreaded Hannibal Lecter of one of his victims is being undone.
They are part of the monumental complex of San Lorenzo and the place where the family of the same name is buried, one of the most powerful in Italy in the past. The guided tours begin in the Buontalenti Crypt, under the Chapel of the Princes, to continue in the New Sacristy, designed by Michelangelo, which houses the Sepulchre of Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino, together with the figures of Twilight and Dawn.
In front of it is the Tomb of Giuliano, Duke of Nemours, with the allegories of Day and Night. In the Chapel of the Treasure are kept valuable pieces of silverwork from the 17th and 18th centuries and relics of several saints. This tour of Florence is available in English.
This Renaissance palace, located on the south bank of the Arno River, dates back to 1458 and was the residence of Luca Pitti, a famous local banker. After being bought by Leonor of Toledo, it became the home of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, used as a military base by Napoleon and later the official residence of the kings of Italy.
After being donated to the town by Victor Manuel III of Italy, its doors were opened to the public, becoming one of the most recommended art galleries to see in Florence, with a main building of 32,000 square meters. It is divided into Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Modern Art Gallery, Silver Museum, Porcelain Museum, Costume Gallery and Carriage Museum.
They are part of the Pitti Palace, although they have their own autonomy given their size, 45,000 square meters, making them the largest of the few green areas in the Italian town.
Hundreds of marble statues, fountains, caves and even a small lake are part of the Boboli Gardens, on the southern bank of the Arno River, which you will have to dedicate two or three hours of your time to admire in all its splendour.
With the ticket, which you can purchase on our website, you also have access to the Argenti Museum, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery and the Bardini Gardens, a unique opportunity to save money on these five attractions to see in Florence.
With a structure reminiscent of a castle, it was inaugurated as a gallery in 1865 with an exhibition of Michelangelo and Donatello, among others. It had previously served as a ducal dwelling and seat of government, as well as a prison and home to the police captain (the Bargello, from which it takes its name).
Today, it houses the largest existing collection of Italian sculptures from the 14th to 16th centuries, along with bronze and ivory pieces, weapons, armour and medals from the Medici family. On the first, third and fifth Monday of the month all year round you can join the guided tour of the Bargello, another of the best museums to see in Florence, where children under five do not pay admission. Get yours now and avoid queues.
A typical Florentine tavern
Italian gastronomy is well known and its fame is more than deserved. The district of Oltrarno is another place to visit in Florence and in one of its picturesque taverns you can enjoy an authentic dinner with Tuscan specialties, washed down with the best Chianti.
Afterwards, in the intimate surroundings of the Anglican Church of San Marco, you will hear some famous opera arias by Verdi, Puccini or Rossini, as well as local folk songs. If you prefer to feel like another Florentine, you can book the special Dinner in a Florentine home, where the host will cook for you five dishes with the freshest products: ravioli with caramelized pears and goat cheese, ossobuco, panna cotta…
And, if you are good at cooking, don’t miss the opportunity to learn all the secrets of Italian cuisine with a cooking class.
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