Florence has to be one of the most beautiful cities that I’ve visited. So much art everywhere, it’s incredible! Check out my Top 15 must-do things in Florence.
15. Palazzo Pitti
You can’t miss this impressive building – it’s huge! Head across the Ponte Vecchio, turn a corner, and, wham! there it is. The inside is beautiful – but everything in Florence is beautiful so, unfortunately, this is number 15 and not higher on the list.
14. Santa Reparata
I love archaeology and the site of the original cathedral beneath the new Cathedral is amazing! Make sure to visit the bones of Saint Zenobius – the first bishop of Florence.
13. Palazzo Vecchio
The town hall of Florence. Admittedly, the outside is more impressive than the inside, but it’s definitely worth having a look.
12. Museo Dell’Opera del Duomo
An amazing museum with original artwork from the Cathedral, the Baptistry, and the Campanile. The original Gates of Paradise are kept here and are incredible!
11. Piazza della Signora
One of the main squares in Florence, this is central to a lot of things, including the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, the Logia dei Lanzi, and is just around the corner to the Cathedral. Make sure to check out the Fountain of Neptune, and the copy of Michelangelo’s David.
10. Logia dei Lanzi
Essentially an open-air museum, with beautiful statues on display for anyone to see, the most famous of which is Perseus with the head of Medusa.
Unfortunately, when I visited, the entire Baptistry was covered in scaffolding(!), so I didn’t get to see how amazing it can be (which gives me an excuse to go back – not that I need one!). The inside was gorgeous, though. So much gold mosaic! My favourite was the demon eating a bunch of people (morbid but amusing).
8. Florence Campanile
The main belltower in Florence, this is beautiful. And unfortunately (again!), I didn’t get to climb it, as it was so busy, and I was only in Florence for a few days, and wanted to explore.
7. Ponte Vecchio
The main bridge in Florence, I love all of the shops hanging over the water. Make sure to have a nosy in the jewellery shops (although, they’re crazy expensive!). And, if you have the money (which, unfortunately, I did not), you can maybe visit the Vasari Corridor that runs above it and connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti.
6. Buontalenti Grotto
I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s situated in the Boboli Gardens and looks like a natural cave that should be next to the sea – but is in the middle of a city. All of the stalactites and stalagmites are amazing (I love caves), and are mixed through with statues that look like they are slowly being reclaimed by the rocks.
5. Uffizi Gallery
One of the most famous art galleries in the world, there is so much to see here! I’d make sure to give yourself at least a couple of hours to fully explore it (and see The Birth of Venus).
4. Florence Cathedral
This is another one of those cathedrals that, personally, I think is more amazing outside than inside (not to say that the inside isn’t amazing – it is!). The outside of this Cathedral is so unique and extremely beautiful (and is, thankfully, easy to find, so you can’t miss it!).
3. Wander and get lost
I know! This should probably be number one on this list, but my first and second must-do things in Florence are even more spectacular!
This is mainly to see Michelangelo’s David. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more impressive statue in my life (apart from the Winged Victory in the Louvre, which is my favourite statue ever!).
1. Boboli Gardens
I could have easily spent an entire day here – I loved it! It’s basically a garden on a bunch of hills and it’s beautiful. The view from the top of the gardens is almost like you’ve left Florence and are in the middle of the Tuscan countryside!