Florence Cathedral

These sights in Florence are a must:

Florence Cathedral

The landmark

According to wholevehicles, Florence Cathedral is the fourth largest church in Europe. You should definitely see the cathedral from the inside, entry is free.

The mighty dome is considered a masterpiece of the Renaissance and is still the largest brick dome in the world. You can also climb the dome.

Piazza della Signoria

The most beautiful square in Florence

The Piazza della Signoria is the huge square in front of Florence City Hall . There is a large Neptune fountain, numerous statues and sculptures, a large loggia and the medieval town hall of Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio.

The courtyard of the Uffizi also borders directly on the piazza. The piazza is therefore great for lingering and letting the splendor of the Renaissance work its magic on you!

Ponte Vecchio

The bridge built with houses

A bridge with many small houses – that is the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. It is considered the oldest segmental arch bridge in the world and is another landmark of Florence.

For around 500 years, only gold and silversmiths and jewelers have been allowed to have their boutiques and studios in the little houses on the Ponte Vecchio .

Because the small buildings on the bridge are lined up without a gap, you can only see the Arno River from the middle of the bridge.

Piazzale Michelangelo

The best view of Florence

The Piazzale Michelangelo is located on a hill in the city center and offers the most beautiful view of Florence. Especially at sunset or in the evening the panoramic view is terrific.

Around the square there are several chic restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the view of the glittering city with a glass of Chianti.

7 facts about Florence

  1. With around 400,000 inhabitants, Florence is the capital of Tuscany .
  2. The story of Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi in Florence.
  3. Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in Florence before selling the painting to the King of France .
  4. Florence ‘s Duomo is one of the largest churches in the world , along with St. Peter’s in Rome , St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Duomo in Milan .
  5. Florence has around 10 million visitors a year.
  6. After the discovery of America , the new continent was named after the Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
  7. Florence was the first city in Europe to have cobbled streets in 1339.

Hotels in Florence: our top 3

Good & cheap

  • B&B Stupido Hotel

Great price and central location

Better

  • Palazzo San Nicolo

Beautiful decor and very central

Luxurious

  • Hotel Savoy

Just a few steps from the cathedral

Florence is well designed for tourism and there are many hotels in different price ranges.

In general, however, the average price is high, which means that you have to pay at least 100 euros per night for a simple, central hotel room in the high season.

In our articles we introduce you to the best areas to stay in as well as the most beautiful boutique hotels in Florence:

  • Florence hotel tips

Where to stay in Florence?

  • Florence boutique hotels

11 special hotels

Eat and drink

Typical food in Florence

Just delicious!

Tuscan cuisine has its roots in simple peasant cooking , with few but fresh ingredients such as seasonal vegetables, local olive oil and meat.

A very typical dish from Florence is the Bistecca Fiorentina , a large beef steak that is usually eaten for two because of its size.

A tasty vegetarian dish is the pappa al pomodoro , a hearty mash made from cooked bread, fresh tomato sauce, and basil.

Red wine

You just have to try it in Florence

The Chianti region begins about 30 kilometers south of Florence , from where the wine of the same name is exported all over the world.

Most restaurants in Florence offer a vino della casa , the house wine, which is the cheapest and usually comes from a smaller winery nearby.

If you want to taste a really good, slightly more expensive wine, you should try a Brunello di Montalcino (from 40 euros per bottle).

The best restaurants in Florence

It’s time to feast

You can find authentic restaurants in Florence mainly in the Oltrarno district, on the other side of the river and around the church of Sant’Ambrogio.

For pizza we recommend Il Pizzaiulo, for the Bistecca Fiorentina the Ristorante Perseus and you can get Tuscan cuisine at a good price in the Ristorante Zio Gigi.

Our recommendations for an aperitivo are Soul Kitchen , Moyo and Kitsch 2.

The most beautiful museums in Florence

As the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is of course full of museums. Many of these are art museums, but there are also a few other museums worth visiting. These are our top 3 museums in Florence:

Uffizi

One of the most important art museums in the world

The Uffizi contains works of art that everyone has seen somewhere on TV or in books. Works by Botticelli , Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt , among others, are on display here.

The queue at the entrance is always very long, you should definitely book your tickets in advance.

Galileo Museum

Museum of the History of Science

In the Museo Galileo you will find instruments, maps and documents from the Middle Ages to the 19th century that Florentine scientists used to try to explain nature.

Of course, you will also find the original tools that Galileo Galilei used to prove , among other things, that the earth orbits the sun and not the other way around.

Pitti Palace

Six museums in one

Formerly the residence of the Medici family, today six museums are housed in the palazzo. The everyday objects of the dukes are on display , including paintings by Rubens and Caravaggio.

The tour also includes the royal apartments and a costume gallery with the princely wardrobe of yesteryear.

Other museums in Florence

Archaeology, natural history, private collections

With so many major art museums, other types of museums in Florence tend to get a bit lost. But they are just as worth seeing.

For example, the Archeology Museum is one of the most important in Italy and in the interactive Leonardo Museum you can try the inventor’s devices for yourself.

Florence Cathedral