Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, tops the list of best places in Italy to visit. Even though the population is over 383,000 residents, Florence has a small town feel, with its meandering cobblestone streets, tiny boutiques and eateries, and shop vendors that make eye contact and say ciao. Of course, there are some well-visited must-see places that you shouldn’t miss on a tour of Florence, however, I’ve included inimitable less-touristy sojourns as well
Florence is a city that welcomed innovation, creation and especially art.Some of the most iconic artists, historians or public individuals resided here and nearly a third of the world’s art treasures can be seen today in Tuscany.Florence, one of the most beautiful and visited art cities in the world, is an open-air museum, placed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1982.The cradle of The Renaissance saw the completion of the largest dome build in brick and mortar, proudly presents Michelangelo’s David and is one of the best preserved Renaissance centers of art and architecture in the world!
View of the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy photographed from Piazzale Michelangelo on a late afternoon in August. Museums, tower climbs, sunset views, and pigs that are good luck charms—Tuscany has it all. Known for its rolling hills, Renaissance art, and countless vineyards, Tuscany is an essential place to visit for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. We’ve rounded up the must-see masterpieces, unbelievable scenery, and need-to-try wines to guarantee a well-rounded visit to the region and its capital city of Florence.
See ‘Birth of Venus’ Sandro Botticelli’s Venus floats on a scallop shell on the sea in Florence’s Galleria degli Uffizi. The famous 1400s painting shows the golden-haired goddess of love blown to shore by the wind god. You may have seen it countless times on postcards, but you’ll be in awe as you stand before the original.
Watch the Sunset Over Ponte Vecchio After David and Il Duomo, Ponte Vecchio may be the most well-known attraction in Florence. Rather than walking across the “Old Bridge” (literally the oldest of Florence’s six Arno-spanning bridges, dating from the 1300s), which is overcrowded and lined with jewelry shops, gaze at the bridge from a distance. It’s best to stand on Ponte Santa Trinita, or anywhere on the walkway along the Arno as the sun is setting, to see the sky changing hues, and lights from the bridge reflecting off the placid river.