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Romantic Guide to Florence

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Renaissance art treasures, great food and wines, gorgeous landscapes, and great style make Florence one of the world's most popular romantic destinations. In fact, Florence is so romantic that the term "Stendhal syndrome" was coined here, to describe those who cannot help but swoon at the sight of art and beauty. And there's certainly plenty to be swept away by here! Packed with treasures, however, means there's often a crush of visitors hoping to explore them, and so tips about intimate hideaways are a must for those looking to escape the crowded sights...

Good for
  • Couples
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

13 Places

9 City Tips

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13 Places

Uffizi Galleries

Art Museums

Giardino Torrigiani

Historic Sites, Gardens

Cinema Odeon Firenze

Movie Theatres

Opera di Firenze

Operas

Vestri Cioccolato d'Autore

Restaurants

Ponte Vecchio

Bridges

Palazzo Strozzi

Educational sites, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palazzo Medici Riccardi

History Museums

Giardino Bardini

Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Cimitero degli Inglesi (Protestant Cemetery)

Cemeteries

Museo di San Marco

Speciality Museums

Stibbert Museum

Speciality Museums

Via de' Tornabuoni

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Judy E's City Tips

  • Public benches and free places to sit are rare, so plan your breaks accordingly in cafes, restaurants, bars, or even the cinema.
  • Walking and cycling are the best ways to get around the historic center of Florence. For bike rentals, check with the tourism office or your hotel.
  • Dress is the same as for any major, sophisticated European city. Good walking shoes are best on cobblestone streets.
  • Tipping: Gratuities are generally included in the restaurant bill. If you wish to add extra, it is very much appreciated but not required.
  • Art and culture enthusiasts may find the Firenze Card offers for the best options for savings on museum entries, transportation, and events.
  • Wines from Tuscany are famous. Chianti Classico, Vino Chianti (made outside the Classico area), Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino are just a few.
  • Tuscan olive oil is among the best in Italy. Look for the IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) label. Pick up a liter bottle to take home, or try it in any fine restaurant.
  • Cappuccino is considered a breakfast drink or for a coffee break. After lunch or dinner espresso is the norm.
  • Food is hearty: Try ribolitta (vegetables) and pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato) soups; pasta with wild boar or hare, mushrooms or truffles; and bistecca alla Fiorentina steak.
  • Uffizi Galleries
    Art Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    Art lovers and first-time visitors won't want to miss the Uffizi. But be prepared, neither will thousands of other people! Once you enter, why not set your own romantic theme for the visit, and follow your own muse instead of the crowd? From images of the love goddess, Venus, to famous couples or cozy interiors - it's impossible to truly admire the Uffizi's entire collection in one visit, so take your time and linger over what truly you inspires instead.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For a good view of Signoria's sights, have a drink at one of the cafes in the square. Pricey but worth it.
    • Avoid lengthy waits and long lines by booking tickets in advance, or ask your hotel to do so.
    • Nearby is one of the most romantic hotels, Brunelleschi, combining layers of history with elegant modern touches and exquisite dining.
    • Book a table at Uffizi's upstairs cafe for a drink on the terrace, complete with a view of the Palazzo Vecchio tower.
    • Ongoing renovations mean that some rooms may be closed and certain works may not be on display. Check the website for updates.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Uffizi gallery 17/11/2018
    • Best of was Michelangelo at the end! 16/11/2018
    • Uffizi Galleries
    Address:
    Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294883
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Giardino Torrigiani
    Historic Sites, Gardens
    Judy E Says:

    The romantic English-style Torrigiani Garden is set in 17 acres of secluded landscape in the Oltrarno district of Florence. Explore its sacred Arcadia Woodlands, and the impressive plant and tree collections from around the world. Plus, along with the historical and botanical features, the guided tour - usually given by a family member - often includes the odd romantic tale. (And you can always request more!)

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book ahead, as the garden can only be viewed by guided tour.
    • Oltrano is full of small, intimate restaurants making this a good neighborhood to pause for lunch or dinner. For upscale dining with an Arno view, try Borgo San Jacopo.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #192 of 608 things to do in Florence
    • Something Very Special 18/06/2018
    • Nicer than Boboli 04/11/2017
    • Giardino Torrigiani
    Address:
    Via de' Serragli, 146
    Florence
    Italy
    Other:
  • Cinema Odeon Firenze
    Movie Theatres
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    Judy E Says:

    One of the most beautiful cinemas you're ever likely to visit, the Odeon in Florence has a stained glass ceiling, chandeliers and wall sconces, finely carved woodwork, balcony seating, and even plush golden velvet seats! Most movies are shown in the original language version (usually English), making an afternoon film here a relaxing and romantic way to while away a few hours after lunch, far away from the hordes of tourists.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Weekend evenings can attract a crowd, so arrive early.
    • Cinema Odeon is also a venue for film festivals and premiers. Check online to see if your visit overlaps with any special events.
    • Enjoy a glass of Tuscan Vino Nobile di Montepulciano at historic Giubbe Rosse (1897), which serves several wines by Bindella, an excellent winery.
    • The cinema is located near Palazzo Strozzi, and film series are often inspired by the current exhibition.x
    • The cinema bar on the Piazza Strozzi side serves good quality drinks and snacks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 32 Fun & Games in Florence
    • Great theatre avoid the wine bar 27/10/2018
    • Great unique experience in Florence 22/10/2017
    • Cinema Odeon Firenze
    Address:
    Piazza Strozzi
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 214068
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    4:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Opera di Firenze
    Operas
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    Judy E Says:

    If music be the food of love, plan to attend an opera or concert at the Opera di Firenze theater, opened in 2014. Even if seeing a show isn't for you, this contemporary complex is still worth passing by due to its interesting architecture - a good spot to take a memorable photo or two.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is Florence's famous spring concert season.
    • For more intimate and historic concert venues, check the local newspapers for listings for theaters like Comunale and Goldoni; or search for villas or churches that host concerts.
    • The main auditorium accommodates 1800 spectators. Plan your seating according to viewing preferences and budget.
    • Take the tram (inaugurated in 2010) to a little castle, and enjoy a Slow Food dinner at Bistrot del Mondo - da Bobo all'Acciaiolo.
    • Another music option: A Sunday chamber music concert at Villa Bardini, complete with a garden that overlooks Florence.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful and entertaining experience 30/04/2018
    • Beautiful 22/09/2017
    • Opera di Firenze
    Address:
    Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 277 9309
    Other:
  • Vestri Cioccolato d'Autore
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Judy E Says:

    Whether or not you believe that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, there's always an excuse to bond over some top-quality bonbons. Vestri makes excellent chocolates right in the heart of Tuscany, in the province of Arezzo. My favorite flavors are dark bittersweet, or chocolate with hazelnuts or almonds. Then there are the cocoa-dusted truffles, truffles with violets, or with coffee for an extra buzz... better get a good assortment and at least two of each flavor - some things are just too delicious to share!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Take chocolates home to friends and family who'd like to taste what a romantic trip to Florence is like.
    • Vestri's powdered cocoa, great for hot chocolate in winter, is an easy souvenir to keep and transport (especially in hot, humid weather).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #704 of 2,470 restaurants in Florence
    • Best gelato in Florence 05/07/2018
    • Delicious, authentic Italian gelato and chocolates 05/07/2018
    • Vestri Cioccolato d'Autore
    Address:
    Borgo degli Albizi 11/R
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 234 0374
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Ponte Vecchio
    Bridges
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    Judy E Says:

    A stroll across Ponte Vecchio at sunset is inherently romantic, as you watch the sun color the Arno and dip behind the Tuscan hills. Ready to pop the question? This bridge is the perfect spot, with its picturesque setting, not to mention great jewelry shops. Or why not stroll around Florence to find a 'bottega orafa' (goldsmith's workshop) and commission your own special memento!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For inspiration, Palazzo Pitti and the Archeological Museum are great places to see exquisite jewelry design.
    • For a quaint museum-like setting and classic and unusual pieces - and where the goldsmith is usually at work at his table - head to Alessandro Dari, nearby in the Oltrarno.
    • Romantics who prefer Ponte Vecchio without the crowds should visit at sunrise instead.
    • For high-end jewelry of Italian design and international presence, visit the Bulgari jewelry shop.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must-see spot in Florence, Italy 17/11/2018
    • A sight to see..by day and night. 17/11/2018
    • Ponte Vecchio
    Address:
    Via Por Santa Maria
    Via Guicciardini
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294290
    Other:
  • Palazzo Strozzi
    Educational sites, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Judy E Says:

    Exhibitions at Palazzo Strozzi are always well designed and prestigious, making for a visit that is both stimulating and romantic - set against the backdrop of this imposing palace. Strozzi does not have a permanent art collection, but collaborates with top museums and collectors worldwide. Plus, the Strozzina Gallery downstairs highlights contemporary art, offering a refreshing break from the Renaissance.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tours and activities are offered in English.
    • Palazzo Strozzi's courtyard bar is an atmospheric spot for a drink; also near it is the museum shop.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rude security 15/11/2018
    • Marina Abramović The Cleaner 11/11/2018
    • Palazzo Strozzi
    Address:
    Piazza Strozzi
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 391711
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
    History Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    The chapel fresco, painted by Benozzo Gozzoli in the 15th century, is the number one reason to visit the Medici Riccardi Palace. Its splendor will transport you back to a Renaissance world full of color and pageantry, and with only 10 visitors admitted at a time, you're guaranteed an intimate experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum has information explaining the story and key figures in the fresco, which will make the visit more meaningful.
    • Book in advance.
    • Closed on Wednesdays but open Mondays, making this a good Monday activity when many art museums are closed.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We visited the Courtyard 16/11/2018
    • A must see I think 08/11/2018
    • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
    Address:
    Via Camillo Cavour 1-3
    50129, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 276 0340
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Giardino Bardini
    Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Judy E Says:

    Small and intimate spaces enhance the romantic aspect of Florence, and one of the city's best examples is The Bardini Museum. Its temporary exhibitions lean towards fashion and design, its private gardens offer a stunning view of the Arno River and historic center, plus the terrace cafe (Kaffehaus) is a pretty spot for lunch.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When purchasing a ticket, also inquire about entry to the Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti.
    • Music lovers should inquire about chamber music concerts, often held here on Sundays.
    • Ice cream at Il Gelato di Filo is made by a couple of young romantics. Hazelnut or pistachio gelato, dense chocolate sorbetto, and raspberry popsicle are my favorites!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    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:
  • Cimitero degli Inglesi (Protestant Cemetery)
    Cemeteries
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    Judy E Says:

    Hopeless romantics that love poetry and a touch of melancholy can visit Elizabeth Barrett Browning at her final resting place, the English Cemetery. A good excuse to dig out those poetry books, too!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • For a snack or meal any time of day, Teatro del Sale offers a theatrical ambience and great food from its famous Cibreo kitchen.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #126 of 608 things to do in Florence
    • Browning's beautiful burial place 28/05/2017
    • Interesting cemetery 23/07/2016
    • Cimitero degli Inglesi (Protestant Cemetery)
    Address:
    Piazzale Donatello 38
    50132, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 395 558 2608
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Museo di San Marco
    Speciality Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    Love inspires great art. Explore one of the most beautiful examples of divine love by visiting the frescoes painted by Beato Angelico in the friars' cells in San Marco. Here, the breathtaking use of color and earnest piety makes for an experience as tranquil as it is lovely.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ristorante Accademia (on Piazza San Marco) serves good wines and food.
    • Design buffs will love the mix of antiques and modern decor at Hotel Cellai, which has marvelous seating areas on different floors, and a savvy staff. Delicious breakfast buffet.
    • Looking for a romantic friar/painter? Fra Filippo Lippi ran off with a nun and produced another painter, Filippino Lippi. Paintings by both are around Florence.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A sense of serenity 17/11/2018
    • Brilliant place. Monastery, church, museum. 16/11/2018
    • Museo di San Marco
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    39 55 238 8608
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    Sat
    8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Other:
  • Stibbert Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Judy E Says:

    Enjoy a romantic garden interlude courtesy of Frederick Stibbert, who had Giuseppe Poggi convert his Italian garden into a romantic English garden - complete with temples, rock caves, a pond, and fountains. Among its highlights are an Egyptian-style temple, which stands at the edge of a pond, and beautiful citrus trees which find their winter home in the conservatory.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Chivalry is close at hand! Knights in shining armor can be found in the villa museum which features an interesting armor display among its art collection.
    • There's a reasonably-priced cafe on the premises.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 608 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing collection of armors 24/10/2018
    • Incredible 21/10/2018
    • Stibbert Museum
    Address:
    Via Federigo Stibbert 26
    50134, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 486049
    Other:
  • Via de' Tornabuoni
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Judy E Says:

    If you suddenly find yourselves with the need to spruce up and celebrate, Via de' Tornabuoni offers a good concentration of luxury brands. Florentine designer 'Save the Queen' spins fashions with a bit of an edge (the director of Palazzo Strozzi even had STQ give the palace guards a makeover), Pucci has plenty of signature prints, and for a stunning tuxedo or suit, Ermenegildo Zegna has it covered.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Italian luxury brands may be expensive, but you'll keep them forever.
    • Sales periods (saldi) are determined by the Italian government, and usually take place during January and July.
    • The roof terrace alone is a good enough reason to stay in the tower rooms at Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni. Spacious rooms are decorated in elegant, neutral tones.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 608 things to do in Florence
    • just some expensive brands 18/10/2018
    • High-end Shopping 14/10/2018
    • Via de' Tornabuoni
    Address:
    Via de' Tornabuoni, Florence, Province of Florence, Italy
    Florence
    Italy
    Other:
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