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Welcome to Florence

Art and architecture reign supreme in the Renaissance city of Florence. The cobblestone streets have hardly changed since the 17th century, and walking tours will take you through hidden plazas (piazze), over the Ponte Vecchio, and past the Brunelleschi-designed Duomo. Opt for skip-the-line tickets to see the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze and Uffizi Gallery, home to some of the world’s most famous artwork. And be sure to allow plenty of time for leisurely meals featuring the bounty of the Tuscan hills surrounding the city.

Top 10 attractions in Florence

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Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

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The Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi) houses one of the world’s most significant collections of art, drawing in more than a million annual visitors who wish to cast eyes upon its many masterpieces. Set in the heart of Florence, the museum contains the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Giotto, among others. It is the premier place to view Italian Renaissance art and is the most-visited museum in Italy.More
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Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

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No matter where you walk in Florence, chances are you will spot its famous Duomo—a defining element of the city’s history, geography, and identity—towering above. Beneath its red-tiled dome lies Florence’s largest church, officially known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori. Together with the Museum of the Duomo, an opera museum, the baptistery of San Giovanni, and Giotto's Bell Tower, the Duomo complex has become the city’s most famous landmark.More
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Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

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The most famous scenic overlook in Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo is beloved for its breathtaking views over the city’s rooftops. From this 19th-century square set on a hillside in the Oltrarno neighborhood, panoramic views stretch over the Rose Garden, Ponte Vecchio spanning the river Arno, the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's iconic Duomo and bell tower, and the Tuscan hills beyond.More
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Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

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Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. Other works on display include 15th- and 16th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and a museum of musical instruments.More
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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

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The historic Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Florence after Brunelleschi’s soaring red dome topping the Duomo. The three lower arches of this 14th-century bridge span the Arno River at its narrowest point between the Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace, and a stretch of the famous Vasari Corridor runs along its top. Situated on street level, the Ponte Vecchio is lined with pocket-sized jewelry shops and packed with locals and tourists taking a stroll or snapping photos of the colorful palazzi lining the river bank.More
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Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria

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Home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria is the most important public square in Florence. The political heart of the city for centuries, today the square is also a vibrant social hub, where locals and tourists gather at the Loggia dei Lanzi and Neptune fountain to soak up the elegant atmosphere.More
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Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

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The 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio has been the symbol of this Renaissance capital’s political power for more than seven centuries. With its imposing crenellated roofline and defensive tower, it dominates Piazza della Signoria and is home to the luxurious chambers of the Medici family. Visiting Palazzo Vecchio for a peek into Renaissance Florence is a rite of passage for visitors.More
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Michelangelo's Statue of David (Il Davide di Michelangelo)

Michelangelo's Statue of David (Il Davide di Michelangelo)

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The image of Michelangelo’s David statue (Il Davide di Michelangelo)—one of the world’s best-known works of art—is so ubiquitous in Florence that it's become a symbol of Italy’s Renaissance capital. Carved between 1501 and 1504, then installed at the custom-built Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) in 1873, the masterpiece symbolizes strength and human beauty.More
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Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti)

Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti)

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Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) was built by Luca Pitti in the 1400s. A century later, Duchess of Florence Eleonora di Toledo purchased the Renaissance palazzo for her husband, Cosimo I de' Medici, and it remained the official residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the early 20th century. Today, Pitti Palace is Florence's largest museum complex.More
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Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)

Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)

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Situated just west of the Duomo Cathedral, the Florence Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni) is one of the oldest structures in Florence. Its iconic octagonal structure dates back to ancient Rome, while its 16th-century bronze doors—sculpted by Lorenzo Ghiberti—were dubbed the Gates of Paradise by Michelangelo himself.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Great Walking Tour
Judith_Y, Jan 2022
Florence Walk & Talk - On the Medici's Footsteps
It gave us a great overview and we found many attractions that we wanted to go back to.
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A lovely tour & guide!!
Patrick_B, Dec 2021
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We would have preferred a little more time to shop, but, overall, we would highly recommend to visitors in Florence.
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Great introduction to a fantastic city
Andre_W, Nov 2021
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Our guide Pam (English but living in Italy for a long time) provided a great introduction with a lot of background and historical details.
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Breath taking views of Florence and up close views of the Duomo are amazing!
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To see Florence so high up was breath taking!
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This is a good tour to take to see some of Florence’s most important buildings and get a good take on Florence during the renaissance.
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Andrew_S, Nov 2021
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Our Electric Cart Tour was a perfect way to see Florence and with a 5th generation guide of the city it brought the history, culture, and art to life in a very personal way.
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Great day trip from Florence with an excellent Tour
Alireza_T, Oct 2021
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An excellent tour to see as much as possible in a day trip from Florence.
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Bellisimo!
Barbara_D, Oct 2021
Skip the line: Uffizi and Accademia small group hidden street walking tour
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Best way to see Florence and the surrounding country side !
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This was a great way to see Cinque Terre and the lunch option was delicious!
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Great tour in Florence
Ashley_F, Oct 2021
Skip the line: Uffizi and Accademia small group hidden street walking tour
There is so much incredible art to see in Florence.
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Florence by Water
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Kayak on the Arno river in Florence under the arches of the Old Bridge
It's a unique way to see Florence!
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Excellent Start to Seeing Florence
Deborah_M, Sep 2021
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The groups were small and both guides spoke in perfect English.
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Don’t hesitate, book this tour!
Erin_L, Sep 2021
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Truly the best way to see two of Florence’s most important museums.
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Sylvia_H, Sep 2021
Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence
The location was fantastic the short drive to the farmhouse gave us a chance to see another part of Florence.
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A must to do from Florence
Christine_M, Sep 2021
Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour from Florence
This was a great day trip to do from Florence to see more of the Tuscan countryside and immerse yourself into its beauty and history.
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Tony was great! We saw...
Anne_J, Oct 2021
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We saw so much of Florence that we would not have been to see on our own in such a short time.
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Highly recommend seeing Florence via golf cart
Jim_Kreinbrink, Sep 2021
Private Tour of the Historic Center of Florence by Golf Car
A tremendous way to see Florence and it’s natural beauty.
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A must do!
Laura_D, Sep 2021
The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales
We got to see some spots around the city we would have easily missed otherwise.
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