Florence

Florence Travel Guide

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.

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

The museum includes the famed monks' cells with frescoes by Fra Angelico.

A gallery-café featuring rising and established names such as 1970's Pop artist Mario Schifano.

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

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 t

Snowy-bearded chef Fabio Picchi announces dishes through his open kitchen window at Teatro del Sale, a restaurant and theater club. At Picchi’s command, patrons queue up for platters of tender boiled meats, or risotto al dente with salty mussels.

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

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

In a former church, the museum houses 183 sculptures by mid-20th-century Tuscan artist Marino Marini, famous for stylized equestrian works.

Billed as the oldest opera house in Italy, the Teatro della Pergola was built in 1656 as a private theatre for the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.

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

Serving some of the best gelato in the city for more than three decades, this tiny artisanal chocolate shop is situated behind a narrow glass storefront in the Santa Croce neighborhood.

The museum houses an impressive collection of African and Asian art.

Created in 2006, the FPS has hosted a clutch of exhibitions that have earned international praise; 2010’s Bronzino retrospective—the most comprehensive to date of the Mannerist painter’s work—garnered unprecedented attendance and requests from major American and European museums to host it.