The list of what to see in Florence is immense.
From a garrison town built for Roman war veterans, Florence rose to become the hotbed of Renaissance creativity and one of the nerve centres from which modern Western Europe transformed itself after the Middle Ages. The city’s visual splendour stands as testimony to its momentous and colourful past. It’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Croce and the Basilica of San Lorenzo are veritable art galleries. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors and spend a leisurely day at the Boboli Gardens.
Conde Nast Traveller recently published an article with their list of top sights and attractions and so we reached out to our team of Italy specialists to get their insight on the capital of Tuscany – considered by many to be a cultural, artistic and architectural gem.
To narrow our list down to 10 was quite a challenge, but it nevertheless reflects our years of expertise and knowledge, proving that there is something for everyone.
Head to the Mercato Nuovo, built around the middle of the 16th century in the heart of the city, and just a few steps from the Ponte Vecchio. Initially, it was intended for the sale of silk and luxury goods and then for the famous straw hats. The main attraction here is the Fontana del Porcellino, where tourists can be seen rubbing the nose of the Porcellino ‘little piglet’ for good luck.