You have booked your trip to Florence and you are probably researching what to see and where to go. You may even be fantasizing about wandering the quaint cobblestone streets with a gelato in hand, soaking up Italian culture, and viewing some of the greatest artistic masterpieces of the Renaissance.
With so many beautiful places to see in Florence, it can be difficult to prioritize where to go during a short stay in the city. Fear not, we compiled a list of our top 5 must-sees in Florence!
1. Ponte Vecchio
This famous “old bridge” has been crossed for centuries and has endured through years of history in Florence. It is a landmark in the city center and is probably the most photographed bridge in town. Ponte Vecchio is unique as it is the only bridge with shops on it. This is partly because the Vasari Corridor was built on top of the shops. The Vasari Corridor was built by Vasari for Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565. It was used as a secret passage way for the Medici family to travel from their residence at Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio. While in Florence, visit this iconic bridge, admire the view over the Arno river, and become one of the thousands of people who have crossed it for centuries!
2. Piazza della Signoria
This beautiful piazza is located in front of Palazzo Vecchio. The piazza is home to various statues, including a copy of Michelangelo’s David. You can enter the Uffizi Gallery from the piazza, which houses numerous Renaissance masterpieces, like Botticelli’s famous painting The Birth of Venus. State museums have free entry the first Sunday of each month, so if you happen to be in Florence on a first Sunday take advantage of this! Also, be sure to take a seat on the steps of the Loggia dei Lanzi (an awesome outdoor sculpture gallery) and admire the ambiance of the square.
3. The Florence Cathedral
The Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo, is an iconic symbol of Florence. You cannot miss this masterpiece with its’ giant dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The sheer size of the cathedral is breathtaking and the Duomo is so tall that it can be seen from various points in the city. Definitely go inside the cathedral, and if you are up to it, climb to the top of the cupola; there are an estimated 450 steps, but the incredible view from the top is well worth the climb!
4. The Medici Dynasty Show
This live theatre show performed in English, aims to educate through entertainment. With a unique incorporation of multimedia paired with the performance of professional actors, the show creates an extraordinary experience for the audience. The show focuses on siblings Anna Maria Luisa and Gian Gastone, the last living members of the Medici family. During the show they recount the history of their family and what they have contributed to society over a period of 300 years. Throughout the performance, the siblings rediscover their family bond despite their conflicting views and years of previous estrangement. Consequently, they work together to save the Medici family patrimony and help preserve the history of Florence. The show is one hour long, every night at 7pm, excluding Mondays and Fridays. To have a better understanding of Florence history and a fun night, go see the show! For online reservation of the Medici Dynasty Show click here!
5. Piazzale Michelangelo
This piazza has an awe-inspiring panoramic view of Florence. It is located in the Oltrarno district. While the view is exquisite at any time of day, there is a certain magic that reveals itself if you watch the sunset from the piazza. For a dazzling experience, head to this piazza, you won’t regret it!
Enjoy your stay in Florence!
Post by Brianna Pohl