Florence the capital of Tuscany, better known as the cradle of the Renaissance, is one of the most famous cultural cities in Europe. It is also one of my favourite cities.
Every time I visit Florence it surprises me by discovering something new. So exploring the whole town in just a few days is really impossible.
Of course, I don’t want to discourage you. Even if you are there for a short city trip, you won’t be disappointed. With this blog post I like to list up the MUST-SEES of Florence. So you can plan your trip as well and efficiently as possible.
When I take a city trip, I like staying in the centre of the city. On the one hand to win time with less transportation, but also to be able to experience the city at all possible moments like early mornings and late evenings. I also love it when a hotel radiates the character of the city. That is why we chose to stay in the oldest hotel in Florence NH collection Firenze Porta Rossa.
Before you start reading this photo guide I have just 1 very important tip left for you: Let yourself be completely immersed in the history of this beautiful city. So don’t try to see as much as possible, but really take your time to enjoy this fascinating town.
1 – The Duomo
The most famous attraction and also the eye catcher of Florence is of course the Duomo. It goes without saying that this stunning cathedral attracts many visitors. But still it is definitely a must see in Florence. If you would like to visit the inside, go before opening time.We didn’t go in because of the long queues. But from the outside it is still really impressive.
2 – Ponte Vecchio
The best time to cross Ponte Vecchio for me, is in the morning when the stores are opening. It is less crowded and you can admire the beautiful views from the bridge without bumping into other tourists.
Stroll alongside the jewellery shop windows and enjoy Florence waking up. I just love the sound of yelling Italians in the morning. It sounds like music to my ears.
3 – Piazza di Mercato Nuovo
Wander through the historical city that consists of a maze of alleys and little streets and indulge in the local delicacies.
Explore the shopping district with luxurious and trendy shops and nearby Piazza di Mercato Nuovo. This is a famous market for local leather products such as bags, jackets and much more. Don’t forget to seal your luck at Il Porcelliono by dropping a coin into the boar’s gaping jaws. Rub the boar’s snout to ensure a return to Florence.We both did it and hope to return to Florence soon!
4 – Uffizi Gallery and surroundings
Walk through to the Uffizi Gallery and admire this spectacular piece of architecture with the impressive Palazzo Vecchio to top it off. In front of Palazzo Vecchio you will find Piazza Della Signoria. The best part of this square is Loggia dei Lanzi, which is an open-air sculpture gallery of antique and renaissance art including the Medici lions.
5 – Capelle Medicee and Pallazo Medici
Speaking about family Di Medici who was one of the most powerful banking families during the renaissance, reminds me to encourage you to pass by Capelle Medicee and Pallazo Medici. These are both stunning.
6 – Piazza Santa Croch
One of most beautiful squares for me is Piazza Santa Croch with the Basilica of the Holy Cross. This Basilica could be the little brother of the Duomo. The architecture is just as impeccable and this square is way less touristy.
7 – Piazza Della Repubblica and Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Other spectacular squares are Piazza Della Repubblica and Piazza Santa Maria Novella.
Close to Piazza Santa Maria Novella in via Della Scale you will find the oldest Pharmacy in Florence. The authentic interior is mesmerizing. Today they sell local beauty products. It is definitely worth to take look inside.
8 – Palazzo Pitti & Giardino di Boboli
On the other side of the river you will find the impressive Palazzo Pitti with its enchanting Giardino di Boboli. This is the prefect spot to escape the busy city. From the park you have gorgeous panoramic views over Florence. You will also be introduced to the versatile and beautiful nature of Tuscany. You can easily fill a whole day just wandering through this garden.
9 – Piazzale Michelangelo
Last but not least experience a sunset on Piazzale Michelangelo. Here you have the best panoramic view over Florence. Take a break on the stairs to admire the sunset over the skyline of this amazing city. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine to have an aperitivo.
Don’t forget to watch the compilation video about our city trip in Florence and our stay in hotel NH collection Firenze Porta Rossa.
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