Vacationing in our Tuscan penthouse is truly an experience for the mind and senses. From historical treasures steps away from your front door, to stunning vistas and local culture, it’s easy to name the top 10 things to do in Florence, Italy.
- Devour a gelato.We challenge you to have just one! After a day of seeing the sights, reward yourself with this classic Italian treat. There are hundreds of gelaterias all over Florence, and we invite you to try each of them.
- Walk the city by day and night.Florence is truly a walking city, in that it takes a special permit to drive a car here! Discover local shops, art galleries, coffee shops, and more, and look out for street performers and artists along the way.
- Enjoy the best view of Florence at Piazzale Michelangelo. Just south of the River Arno and the historic center, Piazzale Michelangelo offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city. A replica of Michelangelo’s David stands in the center of this square as homage to one of the world’s greatest artists.
- Visit Galleria Uffizi.Immerse yourself in the Italian Renaissance inside one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world. Famous works include Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael, Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, Medusa by Caravaggio, The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Ucello, and Venus of Urbino by Titian. Beware of crowds during the high season, and we recommend buying your tickets ahead of time.
- View the The Duomo complex.The dome on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the highest point in all of Florence – and it was completed without scaffolding! Craving a bit of exercise? Climb the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo or 414 steps to the summit of the Campanile (this will certainly earn you a gelato or two!)
- Gaze at Michelangelo’s David.Visit Galleria dell’ Accademia to see this legendary work, as well as Prisoners by Michelangelo and other important religious paintings and sculptures from the 13th to 16th centuries.
- Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio. Literally meaning “old bridge” it was built in the mid-1300s and was the first structure across the Arno River. Stop at the middle of the bridge to see the bust honoring artist Cellini, and to experience the great river views.
- Visit the Palazzo Pitti. This one-time residence of the Medici family is also Florence’s largest palace. Today it hosts different galleries including the Museum of Silver, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Costume Gallery, and the Royal Apartments.
- Meander through the Boboli Gardens.Attached to Palazzo Pitti, this spot is the largest public park in Florence and also one of the most scenic gardens in Italy. Magnificent historical sculptures dot the landscape, and the city of Florence is viewable from some sections of the park.
- Learn a little Italian!While in Italy, do as the Italians do. Converse with the locals at a café, ask for directions (even when you don’t need them), and articulate your feelings about the sights. Enjoy la dolce vita and make new friends through learning this romantic language.
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