Florence

FLORENCE: COMPLETE TRAVEL GUIDE

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Florence is one of the undisputed capitals of art and culture. As such it offers a wide range of attractions that you can visit, alone or with your family and friends.

In this article you’ll find a complete guide to the main Florentine highlights. We’re sharing many practical tips such as location and prices. Remember that costs might vary so have a look at the dedicated webstites before your trip.

Looking for a full immersion of art and culture but you would like to save some money? FirenzeCard can be the perfect solution for you since it gives you the chance to visit more attractions for a lower price. Have a look at our aricle to find out if and when it worths it.

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1) DUOMO SQUARE

Piazza Duomo is a must. 

The entrance to Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica is free but you’ll have to pay for the other 5 attractions of this square. If you plan to visit them all, remember that there’s a cumulative ticket (18€) that includes all the monuments. Alternatively, you might want to buy the FirenzeCard. Read our article to double check if that’s the cheapest solution for you.

The tour of Piazza Duomo includes:

Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica

Museum of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

Brunelleschi’s dome (cupola in Italian). PRACTICAL NOTES: Remember that to visit the dome you must book tickets prior to your arrival (depending on the booking mode you are required to get tickets online or on site). The climb is made of about 460 steps and there are no elevators available. The view from the top is perfect to see Florence from above.

Giotto campanile. PRACTICAL NOTES: You have to climb 414 steps (no lifts). The bell tower is 85 meters high and the view from the top definitely worth it!

– St. Giovanni’s Baptistry

– St. Reparata’s Crypt

Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore
Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore
2) MUSEUMS

Needless to say, museum lovers will love Florence. Below you can find a list of the main museum. If you plan to see many museums, make sure to have a look at our FirenzeCard article. This pass might be the most convenient option for you!

UFFIZI GALLERY

The Uffizi is one of the most well-known and appreciate museums in the world. Corridors are full of Classical statues and frescoed ceilings will leave you speechless. Among the many works of art you will undoubtedly recognize some masterpieces by Tiziano, Filippo Lippi, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Masaccio and Leonardo da Vinci. A bit obvious, but the room that we enjoyed the most was the one dedicated to Botticelli’s works. Seeing “La Primavera” (Spring) and “La Nascita di Venere” (Venere’s birth) is priceless.

WHERE: Uffizi Square, 6

PRICE: Full ticket 12€, reduced (18-25 years old EU citizens) 2€. Free entry for minors, disabled people and students (more details on Uffizi website). Notice that there’s an additional cost of 4€ for advance booking. Personally, we bought tickets directly at the museum because in low season there was almost zero queue.

"La Primavera" di Botticelli
"La Primavera" di Botticelli

PALAZZO PITTI

Palazzo Pitti’s collection includes 6 museums: Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Treasure of the Grand-dukes, Museum of Fashion and Costume, Imperial and Royal Apartments. This palace overlooks the wonderful Boboli Gardens, a place we recommend visiting if you are travelling with kids. To get some more ideas of places suitable for the little ones read our dedicated article which shows all the info and costs.

WHERE: Piazza De’ Pitti, 1

PRICE: Full ticket 10 €, reduced (for 18-25 years old EU citizens) 2€. Free entry for minors, disabled people and students (for more details, please visit Palazzo Pitti website).
NOTE: To the above-quoted cost you must add 4€ if you book in advance.

BARGELLO MUSEUM

The National Bargello Museum houses some of the most famous artworks by Donatello, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Cellini. The museum is on three floors and it is located inside the Palazzo (palace) of Podestà, the very first seat of public office built in XIII century.

WHERE: Via del Proconsolo, 4

PRICE: Full ticket 8€, reduced (for 18-25 year old people) 2€ and free entry for minors.

GALLERIA DELL’ ACCADEMIA

 Galleria dell’Accademia  is one of the most visited museums in the world and it is the museum that preserves the majority of Michelangelo’s works. Among the many masterpieces a special  mention goes to the famous David, known as the celebration of strength, beauty and perfection. In addition to the art gallery, you will find the Museum of Musical Instruments.

WHERE: Via Ricasoli, 58

PRICE: Full price 12€, reduced (18-25 years old EU citizens) 2€. Free entry for minors, disabled people and students (further details on the Galleria dell’Accademia’s website). 

David di Michelangelo (copia)
David di Michelangelo (copia)

PALAZZO VECCHIO

Palazzo Vecchio is the symbol of Florence’s political power. The Palace was built as the seat of Florence Republic Council. You can still visit the Salone del Cinquecento, a wonderful hall made in 1494 in which the Council, made up of 500 members, met. Palazzo Vecchio changed with the rise of de’ Medici and turned into a court to host the Signoria. Tower of Arnolfo identifies this Palance and it has become a symbol of Florence.

WHERE: Piazza della Signoria

PRICE: It is possible to visit both the Palace and the Tower of Arnolfo.
– Entry to Palazzo Vecchio: full ticket 10€, reduced ticket 8€
– Climb to the Arnolfo Tower: full ticket 10€, reduced ticket 8 €. Keep in mind that the ascent to the Tower includes 406 steps (no lifts available). Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to access and minors must be accompanied.
– Entrance to both Tower and Palace: full ticket 14€, reduced 12€.

3 – CHURCHES

There are several churches in Florence. We’re listing below the ones that we liked the most and that we recommend to visit.

Santa Maria del Fiore (see the Duomo Square section above)

San Lorenzo and Cappella de’ MediciThe burial monument of the Medici family consists of crypt, Cappella dei Principi and Nuova Sacrestia. Entrance costs 8€ (full ticket) and 2€ (reduced ticket). Remember that the Nuova Sacrestia was made by Michelangelo, who worked on the statues of Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s tombs.

Basilica di Santo Spirito. Free entry. Remember that the Church is located beyond the Arno river (Piazza di Santo Spirito, 30).

Santa Croce. A beautiful Churh in a beautiful square. Entry to the crypt and chapels costs a 8€, reduced ticket costs 6€. Don’t forget to have a look at Dante Alighieri’s statues outside the Church.

Santa Maria Novella. Tickets to the Church, museum and cloister costs 5€ (full price) and 3.50 € (reduced).

Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella

Have you already been to Florence? Leave us a comment and tell us your experience! Museums, food, churches… let us know what you loved the most about this wonderful city!

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