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Known worldwide as the centre of the Renaissance, art enthusiasts flock to Florence to witness the beauty and history of vast artistic treasures.
From buildings, museums, churches, to palaces, Florence is a living and breathing depiction of the Renaissance.
While a tour of the inner city can be done by foot or by bike, a rental car will be necessary for some out of town excursions into the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Where to go in Florence, Italy
In a place where almost every square kilometre is dotted with the most amazing buildings and edifices that reflect the city’s rich artistry, where would you start?
Just by looking at the city itself is an educational experience on its own with edifices, structures, and buildings showcasing the Renaissance period.
Works by notable artists like Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Donatello, etc. can be seen in and around the city.
However, if you’re looking for an arts immersion, you should start in the Uffizi Gallery.
Collections abound from the world’s greatest artists, with each room featuring a specific century’s art collection or dedicated to one artist’s masterpieces.
There’s the Ognissanti Madonna, Adoration of the Magi, Madonna and Child with Two Angels, Boticelli’s the Birth of Venus, da Vinci’s Anunciation, the Tondo by Michelangelo, and more.
While strolling through the rooms at the museum, it can be quite overwhelming to take in so many fine pieces of art, so that you can head upstairs to the rooftop café and be treated to another open-air view of Florence.
At times, the hustle and bustle of the city can be quite overwhelming especially when tourist arrival is at its peak in the summer months.
If you want to experience Florence and relax at the same time, take a drive to the Medici Villa della Petraia.
A private residence long ago, now it is open to the public free of charge.
Enjoy the captivating garden view and explore the lavishly decorated rooms within the house, and get a feel of how the ruling family of Florence lived.
Florence being the centre of the Renaissance, boasts of stunning churches that depict the greatest works of arts in this period.
The Duomo, Florence’s cathedral is a Gothic structure designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and features a mixture of different colors of marble, a dome, various artworks, and mosaic pavements, which are the main attraction for tourists.
While you’re in the Duomo, you should complete the whole experience by climbing the 463 steps to the cupola.
From there, you can witness the splendor that is Florence!
The city of Florence is a treasure trove of work of arts, and aside from the Uffizi Gallery, museums and mansions like Galleria dell’Accademia, Museo di San Marco, Palazzo Strozzi, Museo di Santa Maria Novella, and Palazzo Medici-Riccardi are great places to visit for their massive collection of Italian Renaissance artworks.
Other things to do in Florence
While viewing the various paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance in the many museums in Florence is a must, the city is also known for its fabulous shopping.
Specialty shops and fabulous boutiques line the streets of Florence, inviting the shopaholic in you to take a peek at what’s in store.
For luxury shopping like no other, head on to Via Tornabuoni for fashion designs like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Pucci, Cartier, and more.
Specialty shops for shoes, jewellery, stationery, perfumes, and antiques also line the streets of the city.
Food in Florence is as much a feast to the palette as the artwork is a feast for the eyes.
Satisfy your quest for gastronomic experience with the bistecca alla florentina, crostini toscani, lampredotto, and more.
Sorbetto and gelato are offered by a number of shops and cafes in the area too.
Explore the countryside of Tuscany of which Florence is the capital.
Other nearby towns that should be considered for day trips or as part of a longer road trip are Siena, Pisa, and Lucca to name a few.
More so, you can head to Chianti for some excellent wine tasting.