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. 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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San Marco Museum

The  “Annunciation” by Fra’ Angelico is the highlight of a visit to the San Marco Museum in Florence. For anyone wanting to see some of the finest frescoes in Florence, San Marco Museum is the place. It’s a former convent where the Early Renaissance artist Fra’ Angelico left behind the very best of his work…. Read more »

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Piazza del Campo – The heart of Siena

Piazza del Campo is the main square and the proud heart of Siena. Its Gothic architecture and Medieval soul has changed little over the centuries. “Il Campo”, which means “the field” is the ideal spot to observe passing Sienese life, and take in its beautifully preserved Medieval atmosphere. Along with the Cathedral, Piazza del Campo is… Read more »

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Piazza della Signoria

One of the most elegant squares in the whole of Italy, Piazza della Signoria is as grand and fascinating as its tumultuous history. This square is the perfect place to soak up the city’s atmosphere, even if you’ll be doing it with hundreds of other tourists. For a quieter experience, take a stroll there in the evening, and… Read more »

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San Miniato al Monte Church

The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte is famous for its elegant Romanesque architecture and splendid interior. And the views aren’t bad either. San Miniato al Monte guards the city from up a hill, a few steps up from Piazzale Michelangelo, the terrace with the best view over Florence. There’s a steep flight of stairs to… Read more »

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