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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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Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

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Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is home to one of the world’s most impressive works of art: Michelangelo’s “David.” At 17 feet (5.2 meters) tall, the famous statue of the biblical hero is an overwhelming sight and a masterpiece of Renaissance art. 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. The Accademia was once Europe’s oldest drawing school; today it is Florence’s second-most visited museum, after the Uffizi Gallery.More
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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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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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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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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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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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Arno River

Arno River

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Stretching 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Mount Falterona to the Ligurian Sea, the Arno River is Tuscany’s largest body of water. While the Arno runs through Casentino and Pisa, it is most often visited in Florence, where it divides the city in two. Florence’s bridges—including the iconic Ponte Vecchio—are renowned for their River Arno views.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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Amazing day! Unforgettable.
Genevieve_H, Sep 2020
Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence
Gave us also tips on what to visite on Florence.
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Lovely trip through Tuscany to Pisa
Nigel, Sep 2020
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
It was a great way to see the Tuscan countryside and some of the other places near Florence during our week's stay in the city.
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Tuscan day trip with Sarah
Jawwad, Sep 2020
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
We managed to see quite a lot in one day, without getting too tired.
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Great tour
David_m, May 2020
Florence Highlights Virtual Guided Tour (Times in EST)
Very nice way to visit Florence if you cannot travel there.
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Excellent guide for kids!
Christopher_L, Feb 2020
Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families
It's a good tour to start your Florence vacation with, because it gives you an idea of what you'd like to see more of later.
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Great time
Sean, Feb 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
I was happy I was able to see a few cities during my short visit to Florence.
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So much fun.
ashleymancusi, Jan 2020
Florence Segway Tour
It was a great way to see the city!
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Thanks Rachele!
Missy H, Jan 2020
Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families
We recommend this tour to anyone with kids because regular walking tours can get boring for them.
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Very informative tour
Flyer552128, Dec 2019
Fascinating Florence: Guided Walking Tour
There was a ton of walking involved but we enjoyed being able to see all of the sights.
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Private guided tour
selynsd, Dec 2019
Combo Tour VIP - Uffizi, Accademia Gallery & Walktour
Great way to see the best of sights in Florence in a limited time.
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Great Afternoon Biking in Countryside
JonathanM6030, Nov 2019
Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Delicious Gelato
We visited a beautiful farm and stopped on the way back to see the city from up high.
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Excellent Informative Tour and Guide
Lovemytravels11, Nov 2019
Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
We definitely wanted to see this fantastic art museum while in Florence.
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Good way to get an overview of the city
Seaside34867488267, Nov 2019
Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
There is a lot of different areas to see and the bus tour gives you good overview.
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Breathtaking!
weddel5137, Nov 2019
Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour
Perfect way to see the beauty of Florence topped off with the breathtaking Statue of David!
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Dan Brown Tour
marychauchau, Oct 2019
Dan Brown's Inferno - Private Florence Walking Tour
The guide spoke great English and was very perraonable.
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A couple of hours there but just right.
HollinBank, Oct 2019
Pisa from Florence afternoon Tour including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower Ticket
The coach from Florence was about an hour and a half each way leaving us with a couple of hours to visit the church and the tower.
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Must see
cinjohn403, Oct 2019
Pisa and the Leaning Tower Afternoon Tour from Florence
Only negative comment is the guide’s English was very limited.
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Great tour
russportele, Oct 2019
Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb
There is so much to see that it is hard to even comprehend the great art that we were seeing The view from the top of the Duomo is spectacular and well worth the effort.
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Best of Florence Walking Tour / Skip the Line at Michelangelo's David
Explorer67128403810, Oct 2019
Best of Florence Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line at Michelangelo’s ‘David’
The best was walking straight into the gallery to see the beautiful paintings, sculptures and ultimately Michelangelo's David.
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A wealth of knowledge
mycogboys, Oct 2019
Best of Florence Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line at Michelangelo’s ‘David’
A great way to see beautiful Florence.

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