Florence Top Sights – An insider’s guide to the best of Florence

Discover the top sights in Florence, the attractions that should be on every traveller’s list. From the unforgettable Duomo to the Statue of David, and the Renaissance treasure trove that is the Uffizi Gallery. These sights are the finest Florence has to offer. 1. Florence top sights – The Cathedral Complex The ‘Duomo’ is the heart and… Read more »

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Florence for beginners

With its iconic cathedral towering over narrow streets, Florence is like an enormous open air museum. A heady mix of Medieval architecture and elegant Renaissance palaces and squares, everywhere you look there’s a photo waiting to happen. The river Arno winds its way right through the centre of the city, straddled by one of the world’s most famous… Read more »

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Siena attractions – see the best of Siena

Siena attractions include Gothic architecture, a grand Cathedral and one of the most impressive squares in Italy. Siena is one of the jewels in Tuscany‘s crown. Siena is one of the most famous sights in Italy, imbued with a uniquely Medieval atmosphere. The whole historic centre is a UNESCO site, and with good reason: its impressive red stone palazzi,… Read more »

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Ponte Vecchio – A scenic bridge in the heart of Florence

One of the landmarks of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio or “Old Bridge” spans the river Arno right in the centre of the city. Its jumbled silhouette is one of the city’s most enduring sights, especially at sunset, when the light seems to drench it in gold. Today the bridge is the place to go for… Read more »

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Florence Cathedral – A guide to the marvels of the Duomo

Florence Cathedral is the heart of the city, both geographically and emotionally. It’s the pride of Florence, and one the most impressive churches in the world.  If you only have an hour to visit, spend it in Piazza Duomo and the surrounding streets. If you have more time, climb the dome for a breathtaking view of the… Read more »

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Oltrarno

Oltrarno means “Beyond the Arno” and it refers to the quieter, atmospheric area south of the river. It’s less crowded here, with secret gardens, great views, charming narrow streets and plenty of artisan workshops. The highlights for anyone crossing the river Arno are the Pitti Palace Museums, whose collection of paintings is second only to the Uffizi…. Read more »

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Santo Spirito Church

Brunelleschi and Michelangelo are the two names associated with the simple ochre coloured Santo Spirito Church. The square it gives its name to is popular with students and locals out for an evening aperitivo. Arguably the best known corner of the Oltrarno, the church of Santo Spirito is a perfect example of Renaissance architectural harmony and one… Read more »

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Top things to do in Florence

Discover the top things to do in Florence. The ultimate bucket list for people who are pressed for time in the great Renaissance city. 1. Top things to do in Florence – See the view from Piazzale Michelangelo A clear favourite among the top things to do in Florence. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo offers visitors a wonderful panorama of… Read more »

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See the Best Gardens in Florence

The Boboli Gardens are the most famous of all gardens in Florence, but there are many other places to experience the greener side of the city. With its mighty monuments towering over narrow winding streets, you wouldn’t call Florence a “green” place. But you don’t need to look far to find some verdant spaces. In fact,… Read more »

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The Statue of David – a masterpiece by Michelangelo

A symbol of Florence and one of the most renowned sculptures in the world, the statue of David by Michelangelo won’t fail to amaze you. The original is carefully guarded at the Accademia Gallery, while two copies stand in strategic points of the city: Piazza Signoria and Piazzale Michelangelo. About 5 meters tall, the gigantic marble statue of… Read more »

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