Florence - Do & See
To meet the spring in Florence is an obvious option, there are not many cities that beat it. In Florence there is so much to see and experience, and to alternate this with a good Italian ice cream make your holiday unbeatable. The historic centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and it has been ranked as one of the world’s most visited by Euromonitor International.
Leonardo Da Vinci´s Museum
The museum is situated in the historic heart of Florence and shows in full-scale the perfectly working machines designed by the Great Master Leonardo Da Vinci. The visitors can see the large models of the Leonardian machines. He can experiment their mechanism and can realize that the Master had already designed in his time machines and principle that the modern civilization would afford only several centuries later.
Florence Market Walking Tour
Sample food the way locals do – at the market. Meander through Florence’s most vibrant market, sampling delicious local fare including Amalfi olives, cured Tuscan prosciutto, fresh bread, and a glass of wine.
Tours run Monday to Saturday. More walking tours are available from Urban Adventures.
Dante's House Museum
In the heart of medieval Florence, you find one of the most picturesque building in the town that is hosting the museum Casa di Dante (Dante’s House).
The original building, consumed by the time, has been reconstructed until the beginning of 900 the period where the Alighieri familys’ houses appeared, and where Dante was born 1265.
The museum is composed by three levels, dividing the most important moments of the poet’s life and the Florence by his time. From 2005 until today, the museum has been further enriched. During 2010 it has obtained, thanks to a private donation, very precious original artefacts from the medieval period.
Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore
This is a gothic cathedral with Brunelleschi’s stupendous dome. Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city. To the right is Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery of S. Giovanni stands opposite the cathedral entrance.
Santa Maria Novella
The church of Santa Maria Novella was built between 1279 and 1357 by Dominican friars, and is located just across from the main railway station which shares its name. Chronologically, it is the first great basilica in Florence. Architecturally, it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany. Inside the basilica, you will find masterpieces by Masaccio, Giotto and Brunelleschi.
Basilica of Santa Croce
The church is located on the Piazza di Santa Croce and was rebuilt for the Franciscan order in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio. Michelangelo is buried in Santa Croce among other great and good in Florence. Basilica di Santa Croce is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church.
Basilica di San Lorenzo
If your favourite painter is Michelangelo you shouldn't miss this basilica. This is probably the most exciting place associated with the famous artist in Florence. The Basilica di San Lorenzo is framed by the splendid, square-shaped Old Sacristy by Brunelleschi and the New Sacristy, by Michelangelo. Here you can find his sculptures for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano Medici and fine examples of Mannerist architecture in the Biblioteca Laurenziana.
Chapel Brancacci (Santa Maria del Carmine)
The chapel is famous worldwide for its frescoes of Masaccio. They were a great inspiration for da Vinci and Michelangelo. The visit now includes an excellent interactive audio-visual tour.
This is one of the greatest museums of the world with masterpieces from the 13th to 19th century. The Uffizi is the most important and visited museum in Florence and its most famous works include Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus". The name of the Uffizi means offices and the museum was completed in 1581. Since the 17th century, it has been open to visitors and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public.
The Galleria museum is one of the most popular museums in Florence. It hosts famous sculptures by Michelangelo, including the iconic “David", that is 5,17 m high.
Galleria dello Spedale Degli Innocenti
Galleria dello Spedale Degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents) is not only a gallery and museum exhibiting famous paintings such as "Madonna with Child" by Botticelli and “Adoration of the Magi” by Ghirlandaio. It is also an institution that has provided care of children and infants for more than 500 years. The building it self, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, is also a historic sight in the city centre.
This was the home of the Priori delle Arti, of the Signoria and a ducal residence. Palazzo Vecchio, meaning "the old palace" and is located in Piazza della Signoria. The building is now the town hall of Florence. It has large collections of paintings and sculptures. On the square just in front of Palazzo Vecchio you see a copy of the famous statue "David" by Michelangelo. This was where the original statue was situated before it was moved to Accademia Gallery in 1873.
Palazzo Pitti contains several different types of museums. The basis of the current palace dates from 1458 and was the residence of the bank man Luca Pitti. It was then bought by the Medici family in 1539 as an official residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In connection with the Palazzo Pitti you find the Boboli Gardens which is one of Italy’s most beautiful gardens.
Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
Florence, which has a long history of collecting art and artifacts of historical relevance, opened its science museum in 2010. The exhibitions include all kinds of inventions from history, with informative videos showing just how they worked. Galileo Galilei was one of the world's most celebrated scientists and genius, and the Museo Galileo is a tribute to him and all the work he accomplished in Florence.
Tuscan Wine Tour
Chianti in Tuscany is one of the worlds most famous wine districts and Florence is one of the cities located right in this area. The landscape here is unique with green hills and vineyards lying next to olive groves. You can hire a car and visit one of the vinyards on your own or book one of the many wine tours organized from Florence.
Italian Coffee, Cappucciono and Latte Art Courses
In addition to wine, coffee is one of the most important drinks to the Italian people. At these courses, held by English speaking teachers with years of coffee experience, everyone interested in coffee can get their questions answered.
Villa Gamberaia is mostly famous for its sumptuous Renaissance and Baroque gardens that is well-visited by gardeners and tourists from all over the world. It is located 15 minutes from central Florence and surrounded by green hills.