5 things to see in Florence


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Nina Earl-Grey | 29 Nov, 2019

Florence comes with a reputation for being one of the most culturally, architecturally and historically significant cities on earth.

For a destination with only a relatively small size, there are an astounding amount of breathtaking sights just waiting to be discovered on your luxury Florence holiday.

The city is a staggering showcase of Italian Renaissance style and sensibility and any one of Florence’s miraculous churches and landmarks would comfortably be the jewel in the crown of most cities in the world.

With so much to see it can be hard to know where to begin in this magnificent ancient city.

So we’ve compiled some of our favourite sights in the hopes that it makes your trip to Florence somewhat easier to plan.

These are:

  • Duomo di Firenze
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Mercato Centrale
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Uffizi Gallery

Read on to discover more about these fascinating and unique sights in Florence.

1) Duomo di Firenze

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, or the Duomo as it is better known, is unquestionably the centrepiece of this incredible city.

The world-famous dome was the largest in the world until 1881 and the lantern at the tip of the building is the tallest point in central Florence and affords spectacular views of the city. And it’s not just the exterior that is impressive - in taking a tour of the baptistry, bell tower, cathedral or museum you will see some incredible masterpieces by the likes of Ghiberti, Donatello, and Michelangelo.

Did you know: The Duomo is the 4th largest cathedral in the world, only trumped by the Cathedrals in London, Rome and Milan

Duomo Di FirenzeYou'll struggle to, but make sure you don't miss out on visiting The Duomo

2) Piazzale Michelangelo

This is one of the few places in Florence from which you can see the entirety of the city in one go. High up a hill and surrounded by peace, here you’ll be treated to an unmissable view over the River Arno. With a sea of terracotta roofs stretching out in front of you, backdropped by the rolling Florentine hills and further punctuated by incredible landmarks like the Duomo populating the horizon, this is a vista that you won’t ever forget.

If you’re really lucky, you might even get an authentic street musician playing nearby to set the mood.

Piazzale MichelangeloPiazzale MichelangeloGet great views of Florence at the Piazzale Michelangelo

3) Mercato Centrale

The nineteenth-century Mercato Centrale is the perfect place to visit if you want to surround yourself in traditional culinary delights.

This incredible two-tiered market has been a favourite haunt of both locals and tourists alike for centuries and is packed full of delectable flavours, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, wines and spices, as well as delightful street food offerings to keep you going as you explore. There really is so much going on that you could spend hours in here just walking around.

Mercato Centrale is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the vibrant energy and spectacle of an authentic Italian market. 

Top Tip: Florence is well known for its Truffles so you should stop by II Tartufo and enjoy the local delicacy in all its glory.

Mercato Centrale FlorenceFlorence Mercato Centrale Florence's Central Market is the place to let your gastronomic side explore

4) Ponte Vecchio

Perhaps the most recognisable Florentine icon, the Ponte Vecchio bridge was erected during the Roman era.

Today it stands as a timeless sign of Florence’s extraordinarily rich history and it is absolutely no surprise that Ponte Vecchio is one of the most frequently photographed bridges in the world. Stretching across the River Arno and characterised by its famous arches and "botteghe", or shops, that line the walkway, whether you’re looking at the bridge itself or standing on it looking out, the view is simply breathtaking.

Did you know: This was the only bridge that wasn't destroyed when the Germans fled the area during WW2.

Ponte VecchioIs this Florence's most Instagrammable sight?

5) Uffizi Gallery

Even the world’s most discerning art experts would struggle to contest the Uffizi’s status among the world’s most impressive art museums.

Its collection has incredible diversity and enough unmissable classics from the likes of Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio to keep art enthusiasts of all levels enthused and inspired. Even the building itself is artistically and architecturally stunning with extending colonnades, linear columns and traditional pediments all contributing to the classical 16th-century design.

Feeling inspired to visit Florence and see these world-famous landmarks for yourself? Call our Travel Specialists today to tailor-make your bespoke Florence luxury holiday.

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