Be sure to put on your walking shoes and that you are well rested because as you go from place to place in Florence you will need to walk a bit. Believe me, you won’t mind when you see how much there is to do and all the great places to see and that these are unique attractions, most of them hundreds and hundreds of years old. We hope you’ve brought along your camera to take some pictures of the gorgeous city Florence and its fabulous architecture.
Florence Attractions Travel Guide
The Santa Croce is a must see when you’re in Florence. A beautiful chapel and monument will leave you in awe. The Piazzale Michelangelo is another stop to make. This is where you will get some great views of Florence. At the Giardino di Boboli the gardens will give you the opportunity to stroll and soak up the atmosphere. Check below for other suggestions when you’re visiting the city of Florence.
The listing below only barely touches on the magnificent sights and masterpieces to be seen in Florence.
1. Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce Florence
The Santa Croce is a wonderful gracious chcurch, a place to visit when you’re in Florence. You’ll admire the monuments and the chapel. Spend some time looking at the wonderful statues and scultures in the Churh from many of the great Masters. The high altar and the wonderful stained glass windows you’ll remember for a long time.
2. Piazzale Michelangelo
The Piazzale Michelangelo is a wide terrace providing a wonderful view of Florence. You’ll definitely want to see it.
3. Giardino di Boboli
Piazza Pitti, 1 Florence, Italy 39 55 265 1838
The Giardino di Boboli is so beautiful. You’ll love walking through the gardens looking at the statues and the wonderful trees and plants. It is a haven of peace from the bustle of the major sights and museums in Florence.
4. San Miniato al Monte
Via Monte alle Croci, 34 Florence 39 55 234 2768
The San Miniato al Monte is another wonderful church to visit. You’ll also get some great views of the city of Florence so bring along your camera. It is facing the city at the top of many steps. The crypt in this church is a special sight and also take in the wonderful mosaics in the church itself especially that of Christ Enthroned.
5. Santa Maria del Fiore (“Duomo”)
Piazza del Duomo Florence, Italy
The Santa Maria del Fiore (“Duomo”) is a place with wonderful architecture. The stunning Campanile is a masterpeach started by Giotti but many others assisted while it was being built. The Dome of the Cathedral is the symbol of Florence and is a wonderful sight. For many this is their favourite cathedral and you’ll find it difficult to say whether you are more impressed by the features inside or the amazing façade of the church.
Piazza San Giovanni 39 55 230 2885
The Battistero is another great architectural design in the city of Florence. But it is the Gates of Paradise that everyone has to see and admire. Because of the precious nature of the Gates they have been taken indoors for restoration and exact replicas are in place for you to see. They date from 1425 and are truly a wonderful sight. These are the East Doors but make sure you also pay attention to the South and North Doors.
7. Ponte Veccio
Ponte Veccio Florence, Italy
The Ponte Veccio is a beautiful and unique bridge across the Arno river. It has many small shops on it and for hundreds of years has been a centre for goldsmiths and jewellers. You’ll want to stop and see it.
8. Galleria degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6 Florence, Italy 39 05523885
The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the world’s greatest Galleries. It has many, many wonderful exhibits with an emphasis on the Florentine school, it has paintings by Giotti, Da Vinci, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli and so on. It is a wonderful experience. The Gallery also houses the State Archives with many amazing documents relating to the city.
9. Church of San Lorenzo
Piazza San Lorenzo Florence Tel 39 55 21 6634
The San Lorenzo is the oldest church in the city – first consecrated in 393 AD. The outside is bare and impressive. The inside is also quite austere and majestic but look at Donatello’s work inside – the two magnificent bronze pulpits and also the choir. You’ll want to see it. Behind the Church are the stunning Medici Chapels – the cupola in the Chapel of the Princes is just sumptuous.
10. Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Piazza Duomo 9
Make sure you get to see The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo when you are in Florence and spend hours admiring the exhibits in this museum.
Galleriea Dell’Academia Florence
Yes you have to pay homage to Michelangelo’s most famous work. The original is in the Galleria which has many other great Michelangelo sculptures and those of other well known artists. The David here is the original and you can also see a copy outside the Palazzo Vecchio where the original first was placed.