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

The magnificent Boboli Gardens, once the playground of the Medici family, are laid out over the hill behind the Pitti Palace, a green oasis amid... 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

Hidden away off a quiet piazza in the Oltrarno neighborhood south of the river Arno, this small chapel packs a huge punch in artistic terms, for it was... Read More

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

Benozzo Gozzoli's representation of the Journey of the Magi was painted from 1459-1461 and is one of the most glorious frescoes in Florence. Almost... Read More

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

The wine estate of Castello di Sonnino is only a 20-minute drive south of Florence, but it delivers you to the heart of the glorious Chianti... Read More

Of all the Last Supper paintings in Florence (and there are 10), Domenico Ghirlandaio's 1480 work that decorates the back wall of the refectory in the... 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

The parish church of Santo Spirito sports a blank, instantly recognizable facade that has become something of an icon for the area of Florence known as... 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

Located within Riccardo Barthel's interior design emporium, Desinare is more than just a cooking school. You can come here to learn how to make hand... 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 world's greatest haul of Renaissance painting is housed in the ex-offices of the Medici family, a vast U-shaped building located on the Arno. In... Read More

The people who wait in line for hours to get into this gallery are here to see one thing and one thing only; Michelangelo's celebrated David, the world... 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 hidden gem of a garden, this green oasis stretches up the steep hill behind Via dei Bardi toward the old city walls and the Belvedere Fort. Views from... Read More

In 2011 the House of Gucci, one of the most globally successful Italian luxury fashion brands, decided to celebrate its 90th birthday by opening a... 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

When you've had your fill of frescoes, head over to the excellent Archaeological Museum to discover more abut Florence before the Medicis. The exhibits... Read More

Florence's Cathedral Works Museum moved to magnificent new premises in November 2015, with double the floor space and a strikingly contemporary new look... 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

Housed in the basement of Palazzo Spini Feroni—the grand, ramparted palace where Salvatore Ferragamo first set up shop and where the Ferragamo family... Read More

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

One of Florence's most important museums yet surprisingly under-appreciated, the Bargello houses one of the world's great collections of Florentine... Read More

The painter Fra (or Beato) Angelico lived and worked at the Friary of San Marco between 1436 and 1445, a period in which he created some of the most... Read More

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

Recent renovations at this sprawling Renaissance-Mannerist palazzo have opened up archives, grottoes, and sights that had been closed years. Among the... Read More

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

With his obsessive dedication and talent, Salvatore Ferragamo (1898¬–1960) was the Mozart of handmade shoes. This intimate museum in the... Read More

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

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

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

The walls of this evocatively dim and echoing Franciscan church are lined by the tombs of some of Tuscany's greatest luminaries: artist Michelangelo,... Read More

Its swirling, green-and-white-marble facade is probably the most beautiful in Florence, and it houses some of the most important frescoes in the city,... Read More

View the church's frescoes by Perugino, Andrea del Sarto, and Jacopo da Pantormo. Read More

East meets West in the person of Kurdish-European doctor Zelal Elbistan at his chic city spa. Drop by after a hard day’s sightseeing for a Turkish... Read More

Snowy-bearded chef Fabio Picchi announces dishes through his open kitchen window at Teatro del Sale, a restaurant and theater club. At Picchi’s... Read More

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. Over the... Read More

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... Read More

One of the most original ways to see the undulating, patchwork quilt that is the Chianti countryside is from a hot air balloon. To catch the best... Read More

The Uffizi contains the world's most magnificent collection of Renaissance art from the greatest of Old Masters. This relatively small gallery,... Read More

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... Read More

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

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