Piazza del Duomo, located smack dab in the city center, is the square that holds the Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (a.k.a. the Duomo) and Giotto’s Campanile (the Bell Tower). The west end of Piazza del Duomo turns into Piazza di San Giovanni which holds the Florence Baptistery.
Located adjacent to Piazza del Duomo is Piazza della Repubblica, the site of the old Roman forum. Today it is still a lively piazza encompassed by restaurants and cafes.
In close proximity is The Basilica of San Lorenzo which is located within walking distance to the Central Market, the San Lorenzo leather market and the Santa Maria Novella Train Station.
Then there’s Orsanmichele Church and Museum which was built in 1337 and originally used as a market place for selling grains. Piazza della Santissima Annunziata is right next to Piazza San Marco and is the site of the Basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation and the Hospital of the Innocents, Europe’s oldest orphanage.
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For a typical and unique Tuscan meal we suggest Le Mossacce, small and charming “Trattoria” in Via del Proconsolo. This tiny restaurant is mostly famous for high quality Florentine dishes and its rustic atmosphere: shared tables, cheerful staff and all at a good price!
A nice aperitivo place is Lo Sverso, hip and vintage style location under the loggias of San Lorenzo Central Market. This is the place for you if you’re looking for old fashioned cocktails and fresh, daily selected
If you thoroughly enjoy local and artisanal beers, head on to the Central Brewery – Antico Ristoro in Piazza Cimatori: rustic and warm atmosphere, international menu and a selection of the finest artisanal beers.
For more tips on where to go and what to do around the Duomo neighborhood, download Apartments Florence’s Top Tips!
Intro by Tessa Cole – Tip and pictures by Apartments Florence