Things to Do in Florence

Andrea Fazzari

There’s always a long line outside Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts, everyone waiting to see arguably the world’s most famous sculpture... Read More

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, palms,... Read More

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

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 tables... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, with locations in Rome and Florence, presents a program dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography and... Read More

A fantastic art-supply store that carries thick drawing paper, paintbrushes, and oils. Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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

Named one of the top European culinary vacations by the United Kingdom’s Observer newspaper, Casa Ombuto's cooking courses are held in two Tuscan... Read More

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

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... Read More

Created in 2006, the FPS has hosted a clutch of exhibitions that have earned international praise; 2010’s Bronzino retrospective—the most... Read More

Located in the city's Diladdarno art district, the photography and video gallery, showcases cutting-edge talent such as Israeli street-art photographer... Read More

Established in 1999, this minimalist Japanese-Italian bar at the Ferragamo’s Gallery Hotel Art is still the meeting point for Florence’s... Read More

American Carole Biagiotti represents the likes of Italian street painter Ericailcane—known for his whimsical fauna-themed paintings and drawings. Read More

The inattentive observer might dismiss this minimalist white apparel store near the Duomo as just another fashion boutique. Fashion folk know that this... Read More

Since its reopening in 2005 following 50 years of neglect, the 10-acre Gardens of the Villa Bardini in the Oltrarno have become a favorite with... Read More

A flower shop on a side street in San Niccolo (the artisan's quarter of the Oltrarno), La Rosa Canina ("the dog rose") is run by a brother-sister team... Read More

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

One-day market and culinary tours of Florence with Tuscan-food expert Faith Willinger. Read More

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

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