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Things to do in Florence

Florence's treasures are mainly found in the historic centre, north of the River Arno. Visit the iconic domed Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its exquisite 11th-century Baptistery. The Uffizi Gallery boasts the world's largest collection of Renaissance paintings. Cross the Ponte Vecchio bridge to the Oltrarno district, home to Pitti Palace and its romantic Boboli Gardens. Charges apply to most sights. Opening hours vary and can change at short notice.

Chianti countryside surrounding Florence. Photo by Vito Arcomano, © Fototeca ENIT

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Galleria dell'Accademia - Museums and Galleries

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    Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence. Photo by Shyamla Eswaran, © Whatsonwhen

    The Galleria dell'Accademia, near bustling Piazza San Marco square in central Florence, was the world's first school of art. It's now a fascinating gallery, home to one of the world's most famous sculptures - Michelangelo's stunning marble statue of David.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6.50; concessions €3.25; during temporary exhibitions: €10; concessions €5; EU under-18s & over-65s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 8.15am-6.50pm

    Address

    58-60, Via Ricasoli, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 2388612

    Transport

    Bus 23 from Santa Maria Novella to Tre Pietre stop

    Website

    Polo Museale Fiorentino Website

  2. 2. Bargello Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Bargello Museum, Florence. Photo by Julia Jackson

    Renaissance masterpieces including sculptures, textiles and armoury fill the Bargello Museum in central Florence. This imposing former prison houses sculptures by artists like Michelangelo, Giambologna and Donatello. Don't miss the latter's famous bronze version of David, which is displayed here.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2; during exhibitions €7; concessions €3.50; EU under-18s & over-65s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.15am-5pm (closed 1st, 3rd and 5th Sun and 2nd and 4th Mon of each month)

    Address

    4, Via del Proconsolo, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 238 8606

    Transport

    On foot

    Website

    Polo Museale Fiorentino Website

  3. 3. Uffizi Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Uffizi halls, Florence, Italy

    The queues for the Uffizi Gallery in central Florence are a clue: it's the world's finest collection of Renaissance art. You'll never see it all. Look out for Botticelli's Birth of Venus and early works by Leonardo da Vinci.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6.50; concessions €3.25; during temporary exhibitions: €10; concessions €5; EU under-18s & over-65s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 8.15am-6.50pm

    Address

    Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 238 8651

    Transport

    Bus 23A from Santa Maria Novella Station

    Website

    Uffizi Gallery Website

Attractions

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  1. 4. San Miniato al Monte - Attractions

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    San Miniato al Monte, Florence, Italy

    Perched on a hill in the Oltrarno district, south of the Arno, the church of San Miniato al Monte dates back to the 13th century. It's a steep climb, but worth it for the colourful marble facade and fine frescoes.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily approx 8am-7.30pm (closed 12pm-3pm in winter)

    Address

    Via Monte alle Croci, Florence, 50125

    Telephone

    +39 055 2342731

    Transport

    Bus A to Viale Galileo Galilei

    Website

    San Miniato al Monte Website

  2. 5. Baptistery - Attractions

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    Baptistery, Florence. © APT Firenze

    The little Baptistery, Battistero, beside the Cathedral in central Florence, is probably the city's oldest building. Built around the 11th century, on the site of a Roman temple, it is where Dante was baptised. The carved bronze doors are stunning.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12.15pm-7pm; Sun 8.30am-2pm

    Address

    Piazza Duomo, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 230 2885

    Transport

    On foot

    Website

    Opera Duomo Website

  3. 6. Medici Chapels - Attractions

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    Medici Chapels, Florence. Photo by Vito Arcomano, © Fototeca ENIT

    The sumptuous Medici Chapels, Cappelle Medicee, form part of the San Lorenzo basilica in the city centre. The burial place of the powerful Medici rulers, they contain masterpieces by Michelangelo and opulent decorations of marble and semi-precious stones.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6; concessions €3; during exhibitions €9; concessions €4.50; EU under-18s & over-65s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.15am-1.50pm (closed 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon and 2nd & 4th Sun each month)

    Address

    6, Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 2388602

    Transport

    On foot

    Website

    Polo Museale Fiorentino Website

  4. 7. Casa Buonarroti - Attractions

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    Casa Buonarroti, Florence. Courtesy of Fondazione Casa Buonarroti

    Michelangelo bought Casa Buonarroti, near the Basilica of Santa Croce, in 1508 and lived there until 1515. The attractive 17th-century building, enlarged and beautified by his great-nephew, contains original masterpieces by Michelangelo, including the Madonna of the Steps.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6.50

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 9.30am-2pm

    Address

    70, Via Ghibellina, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 241752

    Transport

    Bus 14 to Piazza D'Azeglio

    Website

    Casa Buonarroti Website

  5. 8. Fontana del Porcellino - Attractions

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    Fontana del Porcellino, Florence. © APT Firenze

    The gleaming snout of the Fontana del Porcellino, a bronze boar in the city centre, is testament to the fact that it is rubbed hundreds of times a day. According to legend, giving it a rub ensures a return visit.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    off Piazza Davanzati by Mercato Nuovo (New Market), Florence, 50123

    Transport

    On foot

  6. 9. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - Attractions

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    Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Photo by Paola Ghirotti, © Fototeca ENIT

    Florence's Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, was begun in 1296 and still today dominates the city centre, topped by Brunelleschi's iconic dome. The vast interior features frescoes, including one of the famed English mercenary, Sir John Hawkwood.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed & Fri 10am-5pm; Thu until 3.30pm; Sat until 4.45pm; Sun 1.30pm-4.45pm

    Address

    17, Piazza Duomo, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 215 380

    Transport

    Bus 23 from Santa Maria Novella to the Cathedral

    Website

    Opera Duomo Website

  7. 10. Piazza della Signoria - Attractions

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    Piazza della Signoria, Rape of Sabines sculpture by Giambologna, Florence, Italy

    Bustling Piazza della Signoria square, in the centre of Florence, is dominated by the striking medieval Palazzo Vecchio and is home to some fine classical sculptures. Have a coffee or aperitivo while joining the Italians in a spot of people-watching.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Piazza della Signoria, Florence, 50122

    Transport

    Bus A from Santa Maria Novella to Via Porta Rossa

  8. 11. Ponte Vecchio - Attractions

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    Ponte Vecchio, looking up the river Arno at the bridge, Florence, Italy

    The medieval Ponte Vecchio spanning the River Arno is Florence's oldest bridge and one of the city's most photographed sights. Dating back to the 14th century, it's lined with goldsmiths' shops and contains a hidden corridor used by the Medici.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Ponte Vecchio, Florence, 50122

    Transport

    Electric bus D to Ponte Vecchio

  9. 12. Pitti Palace - Attractions

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    Pitti Palace, Florence. © APT Firenze

    Former residence of the powerful Medici rulers, Pitti Palace sits south of the River Arno. Today it houses the Palatine Gallery, with its astonishingly lavish Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Porcelain Museum, among many other attractions.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6-€8.50, concessions €3-€4.25; during exhibitions €12, concessions €6

    Opening hours

    Individual museum opening times vary

    Address

    1, Piazza Pitti, Florence, 50125

    Telephone

    +39 055 294 883

    Transport

    Bus D, 36 or 37

    Website

    Polo Museale Fiorentino Website

Special things to do

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  1. 13. Bike Tour of Chianti - Special things to do

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    Chianti countryside surrounding Florence. Photo by Vito Arcomano, © Fototeca ENIT

    This full day Bike Tour of Chianti is a great way to explore the countryside surrounding Florence. It starts from the Ponte Vespucci bridge in central Florence, includes lunch and a visit to one of the famous Chianti vineyards.Show this on map

    Cost

    €60

    Opening hours

    Apr-Aug Daily 10am

    Address

    Ponte Vespucci, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 222 580

    Transport

    Line D bus from near Santa Maria Novella to Ponte Vespucci

    Website

    I Bike Tuscany Website

  2. 14. Certosa del Galluzzo - Special things to do

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    Certosa del Galluzzo, Florence. © APT Firenze

    The Certosa del Galluzzo is a tranquil monastery outside Florence, in the village of Galluzzo. It dates back to 1342. A guided tour shows visitors sights such as the cloisters, the monks' cells and the refectory.Show this on map

    Cost

    Donations for guided tour

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 9.15am-11.15am & 3pm-5pm (until 4.15pm in winter; afternoon only Sun)

    Address

    2, Buca di Certosa, Galluzzo, Florence, 50124

    Telephone

    +39 055 204 9226

    Transport

    Bus 36 from Santa Maria Novella to Galluzzo

  3. 15. Boboli Gardens - Special things to do

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    Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy

    The romantic Boboli Gardens adjoin the Pitti Palace in the Oltrarno district, offering a tranquil escape from the city centre bustle. Designed for the Medici rulers, they're filled with statues, grottoes and fountains. Shelter from the sun under shady trees.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6; concessions €3; during exhibitions: €10; concessions €5; EU under-18s & over-65s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.15am-dusk (closed 1st & last Mon of month)

    Address

    1, Piazza Pitti, Florence, 50125

    Telephone

    +39 055 2388786; +39 055 294883

    Transport

    Bus 11 from Via della Scala to Piazza Santo Spirito

    Website

    Polo Museale Fiorentino Website

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