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Things to do in Florence

Inspiration comes easily in Florence. A stroll along a cobbled street yields tiny cafes serving delectable pastries. Architecture and artwork that have withstood the test of time are practically around every corner.

If only one stop were on your itinerary it would have to be Galleria delgi Uffizi, one of the top things to do in Florence, but also in all of Italy. As one of the world's leading art museums, the Uffizi displays paintings and sculptures by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more.

The city is filled with cathedrals, but the true icon is Il Duomo, which is still regarded by modern architects as a masterpiece. You can climb 463 steps to the top and take in the view, which will likely stay with you for years to come.

Shopaholics are also well served here: Stroll chic Via de'Tornabuoni for big homegrown brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, Ferragamo, and more; join in the fray at the San Lorenzo street market; or check out antiques along Via Maggio. Note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

  • ’ino

    Opened in November 2006 by young gastronome Alessandro Frassica, this rustic-chic foodies’ paradise is piled high with artisan-made Italian goodies... More
  • Accademia

    There’s always a long line outside Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts, everyone waiting to see arguably the world’s most famous sculpture: Michelangel... More
  • Antico Setificio Fiorentino

    Ring the bell to gain access to the garden of this fabric workshop owned by the Pucci dynasty and opened in 1786. Wander past the climbing roses, p... More
  • Archelogical Museum of Florence

    The musuem has held Medici collections of Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Egyptian art since 1870. More
  • Art Bar

    In the center of the city, creative types flock to this pocket-size bar for its fresh-fruit cocktails. Inside, the red leather booths and pool tabl... More
  • Bargello

    What the Uffizi is to paintings, the Bargello is to sculpture: a storehouse of some of the greatest works in marble and bronze to come out of the R... More
  • Botanical Gardens

    Originally a medicinal garden designed for the Medici in 1545, the Botanical Gardens of Florence, also called the Giardino dei Semplici (Garden of ... More
  • Brancacci Chapel

    The chapel contains The Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Masaccio's early Renaissance masterpiece. More
  • Brancolini Grimaldi

    Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, with locations in Rome and Florence, presents a program dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography... More
  • Cartoleria San Frediano Fotocopie

    A fantastic art-supply store that carries thick drawing paper, paintbrushes, and oils. More
  • Charles H. Cecil Studios

    Amateurs can sign up for the July session (from $2,541); serious students have to enroll for at least a year ($10,692) and must submit artwork to b... More
  • Città Nascosta Cultural Association

    Reserve a tour of a privately owned palazzo through well-connected cultural association Città Nascosta, and you may get to meet the owner and try o... More
  • Collezione Contini Bonacossi

    Donated to the state by Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi in 1969, this 144-piece collection contains seminal paintings, sculptures, and ceramics ... More
  • Elegant Living Services

    With the possibility to offer custom designed vacations that may include any or all of the following services: qualified staff and full-service a... More
  • Florence Academy of Art

    The school runs an all-year drawing program and, in July, month-long courses taught in English, including Anatomy and the Figure: Drawing in the Re... More

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