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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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Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. 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.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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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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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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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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Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica

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Piazza della Repubblica is one of the most important and elegant squares in the heart of Florence, lined with porticoed 19th-century palazzi, Grand Dame hotels, high-end boutiques, bustling restaurants, and historic cafés. A stroll through this beautiful public space is a must during any Florence sightseeing tour.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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Top activities in Florence

Tuscany Vespa Tour

Tuscany Vespa Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Perfect for those with little time to experience Florence.
AnnBlair_B, Jul 2021
Small Group Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo
He has a great sense of humor and his English was perfect!
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Great tourguide, Great experience
liza_, Jul 2021
Florence Bike Tour with Gelato tasting
It was nice to see florence by bike.
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Great way to discover a little bit of Florence
Petra, Jul 2021
Electric Bike Tour in Small Group
It is a great way to start your visit in this beautiful city and we will definitely come back to see and hear more.
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Best day in Italy!
Marilyn_H, Jul 2021
Tuscany Vespa Tour
It was so cool to see the Tuscan countryside via Vespa.
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Amazing
Bradley_H, May 2021
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
We loved our tour and our driver gave us great recommendations of places to visit while in Florence.
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Thumbs up!
Sonya_v, Jul 2021
Electric Cart Tour Florence
Otherwise truly a great way to see the main attractions in Florence.
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Excellent visit to the Tuscany hills
Hiwot_Z, Jul 2021
Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence
The only con, I was expecting to see a more posh vineyard as far as the property, but it was just okay.
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Nice trip in Tuscany
Emanuel_C, Jul 2021
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
The first stop was an hour and 15 in San Gimgnano, the second stop of 40 minutes in Montirigione, then we arrived in Siena where we had 3 hours to visit.
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Authentic cooking in Florence home
Stan_Tillman, Jul 2021
Fresh Pasta, Gnocchi & Italian Sauces in a Cozy Florentine Home
It was one of the best activities we did in Italy.
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Manolo is an amazing guide
Madeleine_C, Jul 2021
Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking
He was so informative and fun and gave INCREDIBLE recommendations for gelato and other fun activities in each village.
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The very best tour guide: Leonardo
Rosemary, Jul 2021
Skip-the-Line Uffizi Museum & Gallery Tour with Leonardo & Michelangelo Works
Leonardo’s English is impeccable, and he is so personable—we had two wonderful afternoons together.
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Great Walking Tour
Judybell, Jun 2021
Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo and all the must-see highlights
Great way to orient yourself to the city and pick out the sites that you want to visit during your stay.
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Awesome tour
Becky_R, Jun 2021
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
If you’re looking for a great way to see Tuscany and taste some wine without having to worry about driving, look no further!
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Best live interactive tour with Linda
Lisa, May 2021
Virtual Walking Tour of Florence
I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see Florence live and be guided by a personable and experienced guide.
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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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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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