San Lorenzo Food Market

San Lorenzo Food Market is a double-story indoor market, that’s as much about food experience as it is about food shopping. Once the main general food market for the Florentines, the original friendly chaos has given way to tidier and more tourist friendly stalls. The recently refurbished upper level has informal eateries and shops where you… Read more »

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San Lorenzo Church

Harmonious Renaissance architecture and the Medici’s tombs are highlights of a visit to San Lorenzo. The bulky form of San Lorenzo church stands in a busy neighbourhood, near the market. This is the place to come to soak up some Medici family history. This is the church where the family would come to pray, keep their… Read more »

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Orsanmichele Church

A few steps from Piazza Signoria in Florence, the Gothic oratory church of Orsanmichele is an unusual and atmospheric place, that at one time used to be a granary. Entrance is free. A walk along the Via Calzaioli takes you past the elaborate facades of Orsanmichele. It’s an expression of late Gothic exuberance, with fourteen statues… Read more »

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Santa Croce Church | See Michelangelo’s burial place

The much loved complex of Santa Croce is a Gothic masterpiece, with splendid frescoes by Giotto and his pupil Taddeo Gaddi. There are two cloisters, and the famous Pazzi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi for the Pazzi family that plotted against the Medici and paid dearly for it. This church is much loved by the Florentines… Read more »

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Bargello Museum | Renaissance statues in Florence

The Bargello Museum is to sculpture what the Uffizi is to painting. An impressive museum that contains some important work by Michelangelo. An impressive collection in an equally impressive setting, the Bargello is the home of Donatello’s famous nude “David”, the first freestanding statue of its kind made since antiquity. And the statue of the… Read more »

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Santa Maria Novella Church

Santa Maria Novella Church is a hidden gem in Florence with splendid facades, frescoes and peaceful cloisters. Situated just outside Santa Maria Novella train station and overlooking a busy square, this exquisite complex has one of the best looking facades of all Florentine churches. Filled with splendid frescoes, including the ones in the 14th century cloister,… Read more »

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Piazzale Michelangelo | Best view of Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo is terrace above Florence that offers a superb panorama of the city. Come for the breathtaking views of Florence, and stay for a visit to San Miniato al Monte church. A half hour walk from the city centre or a short bus trip along the Viale dei Colli, this panoramic point is a… Read more »

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Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens are the most famous and vast of Florence’s parks and gardens. Spread over 45,000 square meters, they are an important part of Florence’s history and atmosphere. And one of the most important examples of Italianate Gardens in the world. The impressive gardens that rise up behind the Pitti Palace require a few hours to… Read more »

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