Florence

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.

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

The inattentive observer might dismiss this minimalist white apparel store near the Duomo as just another fashion boutique. Fashion folk know that this is among the best places in Tuscany to pick up little-known labels for men and women from upcoming designers in Italy and beyond.

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 Renaissance Tradition.

With the possibility to offer custom designed vacations that may include any or all of the following services: qualified staff and full-service apartment facilities; organized visits to the most impressive cultural points of interest; courses for small groups, conducted by experienced profess

Actor Anthony Hopkins once described Loretta Caponi as "the finest store in all of Italy," and it’s hard to disagree.

Opened in November 2006 by young gastronome Alessandro Frassica, this rustic-chic foodies’ paradise is piled high with artisan-made Italian goodies—from local wines, salumi, and cheeses (try the runny goat cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves, or the steam-cooked, spiced tuna fish porchetta

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 be considered for one of 12 spots.

Housed in the 17th-century Villa Bardini, this fashion museum showcases the innovative designs of world-renowned dressmaker Robert Capucci.

Ring the bell to gain access to the garden of this fabric workshop owned by the Pucci dynasty and opened in 1786.

Scrambling up between the layers of the cathedral’s noble, white-ribbed orange dome for the requisite city panorama, you get to glimpse up close some of the innovative engineering techniques that genius architect Brunelleschi used to create what was, in 1436, the largest dome in

This lively, sprawling street market is an obligatory stop for anyone in search of cheap and cheerful fashion accessories and gifts.

Located in the city's Diladdarno art district, the photography and video gallery, showcases cutting-edge talent such as Israeli street-art photographer David Kassman and Italy's Massimo Listri.

The walls of this evocatively dim and echoing Franciscan church are lined by the tombs of some of Tuscany's greatest luminaries: artist Michelangelo, scientist Galileo, composer Rossini, political philosopher Machiavelli, sculptor Ghiberti, and many others.

There’s always a long line outside Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts, everyone waiting to see arguably the world’s most famous sculpture: Michelangelo’s David (1501–04).

Originally a medicinal garden designed for the Medici in 1545, the Botanical Gardens of Florence, also called the Giardino dei Semplici (Garden of Simple), is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens.