Florence Travel Guide

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).

The Uffizi contains the world's most magnificent collection of Renaissance art from the greatest of Old Masters. This relatively small gallery, occupying the sumptuously decorated halls of the ruling Medici dynasty's one-time office complex, can easily take up a full day.

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

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.

In the hip Diladdarno arts district, this long-established gallery has impressive rotating shows that include Patti Smith and David LaChapelle.

Donated to the state by Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi in 1969, this 144-piece collection contains seminal paintings, sculptures, and ceramics from the medieval and Renaissance periods. Scandalously, since 1998 it has been housed in a (usually) closed section of the Uffizi.

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.

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.