Florence City Guide

Florence holds a very special place in my heart. It was the first city I visited on my own, and the one I’ve fallen the hardest for. It was even familiar to me by the time I went there, having learned so much about it through my obsession with Renaissance art (and, yes, Assassin’s Creed II), so that a tiny part of me felt like I was returning somewhere familiar and comforting instead of seeing it for the first time. I foresee many more future visits to this elegant city, more walks by the Arno at twilight, and more climbs to the Piazzale Michelangelo, gelato in hand, to watch the sun as it sets on the horizon.

To see

Florence is a joy to walk around in, and sometimes feels like an open-air museum, full of public monuments, important buildings, and gorgeous squares to see while wandering around its streets.

Ponte Vecchio & the Arno

Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Signoria

Loggia dei Lanzi

Ospedale degli Innocenti

Piazzale Michelangelo

Street Art (1 & 2)

To do

There is so. much. to do. in Florence. Honestly, I still haven’t seen all I want to see in this gorgeous city, and I’m sure there’s still plenty more to discover.

Galleria dell’Accademia

Galleria degli Uffizi

Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Vecchio

Giardino di Boboli

Basilica di Santa Croce

Pazzi Chapel

Cappelle Medicee

Basilica di San Lorenzo

Santa Maria del Fiore

Battistero di San Giovanni

Museo Galileo

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

Convento di San Marco

Palazzo Medici-Riccardi (1 & 2)

Museo dei Marmi

Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze

To eat

If museums and history aren’t your thing, never fear, for Florence still has plenty to do if all you want is to eat and drink your way through the Tuscan capital. The first gelato I ever had (and still one of my favorites) was at the Grom tucked away in an alleyway by Santa Maria del Fiore. And since the Chianti region, famous for its wine, is nearby, this means that this quality drink is highly accessible mostly everywhere in Florence. Do with that information what you will.

Caffé Fiorenza Gelateria

Grom

Buca Niccolini

Ciro and Sons

Giannino in San Lorenzo

Gelateria Santa Trinita

Day trips from Florence

There are so many towns and cities to visit near Florence, these are just some options for what’s amazingly close and can be seen in day.

San Gimignano

Pisa

Siena

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