Pitti Palace Museums – Explore the galleries of Palazzo Pitti

The grand Pitti Palace museums are filled with paintings from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Highlights are the Palatine Gallery with a superb collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and the Macchiaioli Room in the Modern Art Gallery. The Pitti Palace is just one of the Medici family’s residences that can be visited in… Read more »

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Best aperitivo in Florence

It’s easy to find a spot for an evening aperitivo in Florence. But if you’re looking for something special, here are a few pointers. And a list of places you just can’t go wrong. The aperitivo is an institution in Florence, as it is in many parts of Italy. But this city has a special… Read more »

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The best coffee in Florence

Enjoy the finest coffee in Florence, and some beautiful views along with it. Coffee culture is very much a part of Tuscan daily life. Sipping a cappuccino in one of the Florentine squares or looking for that perfect caffellatte can be a holiday highlight in itself. You just need to know where to look. Bear in mind that in… Read more »

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Shopping in Florence with your nose in the air

In Florence, even buying scents can be an art. Let’s start our shopping tour at the stunning Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, a real feast for the eyes and the nose. They have been producing and selling remedies and fragrances for 400 years, so you can expect great taste and experience. Best selling products… Read more »

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San Domenico Church – See the relic of Saint Catherine

San Domenico Church in Siena is an obligatory stop for devotees of Saint Catherine. It is in fact the resting place of the saint’s head. A macabre testimonial to medieval religious zeal, and a chance to get to know more about the patron saint of Italy. This massive red brick Gothic building on the top… Read more »

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Brancacci Chapel – Church of Santa Maria del Carmine

Feast your eyes on some revolutionary frescoes by Masaccio in the Brancacci Chapel. One of the artistic highlights of Oltrarno that can be found in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine. The unassuming facade of this church can’t prepare its visitors for the rich baroque interior. The church was redecorated after a fire in 1771,… Read more »

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Santa Trinita Church

Step inside Santa Trinita Church located in Piazza Santa Trinita and enjoy some superb frescoes by Ghirlandaio, the Renaissance painter of the VIPs. One reason to visit this church could simply be its position. It lies nearby the lovely Santa Trinita Bridge. And it’s the beginning of the super chic Via Tornabuoni. But inside you’ll… Read more »

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Porcellino Market & Fountain

This market is home to Florence’s best loved wild boar, and more souvenirs than you can shake a sticker at. Don’t miss it. And don’t forget to rub the Porcellino to see if his good luck rubs off on you. In Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, between Piazza della Repubblica and Ponte Vecchio, you’ll find an open-air souvenirs market… Read more »

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Accademia Gallery | Meet the Statue of David

The Accademia Gallery in Florence is a must for art enthusiasts. The iconic Michelangelo’s David is at the centre of a fascinating collection of sculptures and 14th-16th paintings that are well worth the long queue. You’ll see the greats like Filippo Lippi, Botticelli and a splendid collection of Florentine Gothic work. The Accademia is one… Read more »

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San Lorenzo Market

Depending on your point of view, a walk through San Lorenzo market is either a buyer’s paradise, or a crowded hell. Either way, it’s something no tourist can avoid when in Florence. San Lorenzo is loud, fun, kitsch and colourful. Whatever their feelings about it, most visitors find it hard to resist the pull of the cheap mementos and rows… Read more »

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