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Knowing we only had about 4 days, we focused on the highlights of the city. It really pays to do your "homework" and research prior to your trip so you can concentrate on whats important to you. My list of must-see sights include the Duomo, "David" at the Accadamia, the Uffizi Gallery (even though you might not be an art lover), the Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio (bridge), The Medici Chapel, Santa Maria Novella Church, and for breathtaking views of the city with serene, peaceful surroundings, the Bardini Gardens. We walked everywhere and never set foot in a cab or bus, and my sister and I are retired, and certainly don't consider ourselves in great physical shape. This is do-able by just about any average person.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

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10 Places

Palazzo Pitti

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Cappelle Medicee

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites

Piazza della Signoria

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Piazza del Duomo

Historic Walking Areas

Church of Santa Maria Novella

Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals

Giardino Bardini

Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ponte Vecchio

Bridges

Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Speciality Museums

Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts

Murphy5708's City Tips

  • Your best bet for great food and reasonable prices are the smaller, family run restaurants on the side streets.
  • Your most important tool will be a good map. People are friendly and most speak english, so you can ask for directions, if necessary. Plan to walk a LOT.
  • Palazzo Pitti
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    The simple exterior of this building conceals an abundance of interior art and architecture that will simply take your breath away. The decoration of the walls and ceilings is fitting of a royal palace and it contains a wealth of paintings, sculpture, vases, chandeliers, furniture and other objects of regal elegance.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can purchase a combo ticket that includes other smaller museums on the property and the Boboli Gardens.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular art treasure in Florence! Don’t miss it! 20/11/2018
    • Perfect day in Palazzo Pitti and Boboli gardens 19/11/2018
    • Palazzo Pitti
    Address:
    Piazza Dei Pitti 1
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294883
    Other:
  • Cappelle Medicee
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    This is the final resting place of many of the Medici family rulers. In the Chapel of Princes there are 6 tombs, highly ornate and a stunning dome. The New Sacristy contains two more tombs with huge marble sculptures by Michelangelo, who actually designed the entire room.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • No food or drink is allowed inside. You can stay as long as you wish.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • two amazing spaces 11/11/2018
    • Medici Burial Chapels 09/11/2018
    • Cappelle Medicee
    Address:
    Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini 6
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8602
    Other:
  • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    This is the iconic symbol of Florence and the tower and Baptistry are right there too. Be sure to check out the bronze doors of the Baptistry. Entry to the Duomo is free and absolutely beautiful with the three colors of marble that were used on the exterior.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You will be tempted to always look up, but don't miss the floors! They are beautiful too.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • very intresting 20/11/2018
    • Skip the line Duomo climb 20/11/2018
    • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Address:
    Via della Canonica, 1
    Piazza del Duomo
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Other:
  • Piazza della Signoria
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    This is right outside the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery and contains the Neptune Fountain and the Loggia which has several very impressive sculptures including Perseus holding Medussa's severed head and a copy of Michelangelo's "David".

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Be sure to step inside the Palazzo Vecchio (at no charge) to at least view the "lobby" (if you don't have time to tour the entire Palace.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you go to Tuscany and don’t go here... you haven’t done Tuscany 20/11/2018
    • Ghosts of the past 19/11/2018
    • Piazza della Signoria
    Phone:
    01087284615
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
    Other:
  • Piazza del Duomo
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    This is the heart of Florence. The Duomo, bell tower and Baptistry are here. Spend some time viewing the Gates of Paradise - the bronze doors on the Baptistry.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see 19/11/2018
    • Highlight of Florence 18/11/2018
    • Piazza del Duomo
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo
    Florence
    Italy
    Other:
  • Church of Santa Maria Novella
    Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    This is one of the more spectacular churches in Florence and if you are day-tripping by train or bus to other towns in Italy, this is right across the square from the station, so allow an extra hour or two and visit here on your way out or back. Beautiful interior with large paintings and gorgeous stained glass windows.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of amazing artworks 16/11/2018
    • A perfect introduction to Florence, not overrun by tourists 16/11/2018
    • Church of Santa Maria Novella
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria Novella
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 219257
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Fri
    11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Giardino Bardini
    Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    Very peaceful, serene hilltop garden with fantastic views over the city. We had lunch at the cafe on our last day and it was the perfect ending for our trip. The gardens themselves are nice, but not extraordinary. However, the ambiance and views are marvelous. This is a lesser-visited sight and so crowds should be minimal.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You must buy your ticket at the Pitti Palace! And be prepared for a long uphill walk.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A quiet, apparently undiscovered gem with surely the best views in Florence. 10/11/2018
    • Don't be lazy and you'll have your prize 07/11/2018
    • Giardino Bardini
    Address:
    Costa di San Giorgio 2
    Via dei Bardi 1/R
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 2006 6206
    Other:
  • Ponte Vecchio
    Bridges
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    This is the famous bridge over the Arno River that is lined with jewelry stores and silver and goldsmiths shops. You can get some nice pictures from the center of the bridge.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too crowded now, go early or very late 20/11/2018
    • Neat Bridge for Shopping 20/11/2018
    • Ponte Vecchio
    Address:
    Via Por Santa Maria
    Via Guicciardini
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294290
    Other:
  • Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure
    Speciality Museums
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    In english, this is the Museum of Precious Stones (mosaics). Very interesting and worth a stop if you have the time. Beautiful pictures, portraits, tabletops etc. all done in mosaic with precious stones. We found it fascinating.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous and fascinating 19/11/2018
    • Interesting but small and crowded 18/11/2018
    • Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure
    Address:
    Via Degli Alfani 78
    50121, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 26511
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Other:
  • Basilica San Miniato al Monte
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts
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    Murphy5708 Says:

    This is part of a monastery. There is an upper and lower church inside. Most days at around 5:30 you can enjoy the monks singing Gregorian Chant. Check with the local TI to be sure. The views of the city from here are spectacular! This is on a hill at the edge of the city and I think would be too far to walk. But buses have a regular route up to this spot.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Many Many Steps 20/11/2018
    • A Gorgeous View Beyond Piazzale Michelangelo 19/11/2018
    • Basilica San Miniato al Monte
    Address:
    Via delle Porte Sante 34
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 234 2731
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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