Above view of the hotel at Grand Hotel Minerva
City view from pool side  at Grand Hotel Minerva

When in Florence, do like the Florentines do!

Visit Florence: attractions & things to do

This space is devoted entirely to our magnificent city — Florence. Of course, you are planning your vacation here precisely because it is one of the world's most beautiful cities. Florence is an open-air museum with a concentration of history and art unmatched in the world.

On our site, we try to show it to you through our eyes, telling you about its history, its must-go and must-see places, its attractions and what makes it unique great, including those little things that keep it vibrant and ever-changing.

Our staff is at the ready to help you plan your best trip to fit the time you have here and your interests.

We also want to introduce you to the very best of Italian-made craftsmanship from artisans without the megaphones of the major brands. These are true professionals with years of experience in crafting one-of-a-kind pieces with love and genuine devotion.

FLORENCE HIGHLIGHTS

A memorable breakfast in Florence

These are the TOP 10 attractions you should not miss when in Florence.

Nearby places to visit at Grand Hotel Minerva

Santa Maria Novella

Next to our hotel. Open to the public from 9:00 am 5:30 pm

One of Florence's most famous churches, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The gorgeous marble façade was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, with the patronage of Giovanni Rucellai, whose name is written in large letters on the basilica's pediment.

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Nearby city buildings at Grand Hotel Minerva

Santa Maria del Fiore

The Duomo (5 min. walk from the hotel. Open to the public from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm every day)

Florence's greatest religious monument, located in Piazza San Giovanni in the city center. The Duomo that we can visit today is the fruit of 170 years of work. The first stone on the façade was laid on September 8, 1296 on the design of Arnolfo di Cambio.

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 A statue at Grand Hotel Minerva

Opera del Duomo Museum

5 min. walk from the hotel. Open daily continuously from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm - option to buy an all-included ticket to visit the museum, the baptistery, the Duomo and Giotto's bell tower

On October 29, 2015, after more than two years of remodeling, the Opera del Duomo museum reopened its doors.

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City church at Grand Hotel Minerva

Santa Croce

20-min. walk from the hotel. Open to the public from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Florence's most dynamic neighborhood and a major center of culture. The church of Santa Croce is known for holding the tombs of many illustrious men, including Vittorio Alfieri, Galileo, and Ugo Foscolo, and for its most famous chapel, the Pazzi family chapel, designed by Brunelleschi.

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View from above  at Grand Hotel Minerva

San Miniato & Piazzale Michelangelo

40-min. walk from the hotel. Tours from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm

A lovely walk along Viale dei Colli winds 6 kilometers up Florence's southern hill, affording dazzling views. The walk culminates in its most beautiful point, Piazzale Michelangelo, from which you can admire all of Florence.

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Statue near the building at Grand Hotel Minerva

Piazza Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio

10 min. walk from the hotel

Florence's grand political center with Palazzo Vecchio rising majestically over it, Florence's primary civil architecture monument and among the most important public buildings of the 14th century.

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Name palate at Grand Hotel Minerva

Uffizi Gallery

10 min. walk from the hotel. Closed on Mondays. Open the rest of the week from 8:15 am to 6:30 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested. Our concierge can make them for you

One of Italy's most famous and important museums, world-renowned, with the greatest number of visitors, it boasts a superb collection of priceless works of art, especially Renaissance art, including masterpieces by Cimabue, Giotto, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Michelangelo.

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A famous Statue  at Grand Hotel Minerva

Gallery Academy

12 min. walk from the hotel. Closed on Mondays. Open the rest of the week from 8:15 am to 6:30 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested. Our concierge can make them for you

After the Uffizi, this is the second-leading museum in Italy for a number of visitors, and it has the most sculptures by Michelangelo (at seven), including the ultra-famous David, set in a platform built especially for it when it was moved from the Piazza della Signoria, where it had been originally placed in 1504.

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Nearby place to visit at Grand Hotel Minerva

Medici Chapels

5 min. walk from the hotel. Open from 8:15 am to 1:50 pm

The famous sacristy of the Medici Chapels was the work of Michelangelo. Set in part of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, once the Medici parish and the burial place for family members from the 15th century on. The museum is most famed for holding the tombs of Giuliano and Lorenzo de’ Medici, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and sculpture, which Michelangelo sculpted for the "New Sacristy."

 

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A big building at Grand Hotel Minerva

Palazzo Pitti

12 min walk from the hotel. Open from 8:15 am to 7:30 pm. Closed the first and last Monday of the month

Palazzo Pitti is the grandest palazzo in Florence, built in 1485 on Brunelleschi's design. 

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Reception view from lobby  at Grand Hotel Minerva

Via de' Tornabuoni

Via de' Tornabuoni, or Via Tornabuoni, has been one of Florence's most prestigious streets since the Renaissance. Today it features the finest boutiques of high fashion designers and jewelry makers, giving it a special refinement and elegance.

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SHOP LOCAL, ENJOY LOCAL

From high couture to local artisans, this is our selection for you.

Nearby Market at Grand Hotel Minerva

FOOD, WINE AND COOKING LESSONS

Gastronomy and relaxation in one of the most spectacular rooftop terraces in Florence

Tuscany is famed for its excellent food with roots deep in its history, and for producing wines famed worldwide.
Tuscany may be the region of Italy in which its cuisine most intricately bound its culture and tradition. You can't say that you've had a full Tuscan experience if you didn't try at least a few of its specialties.

Grapes in the hotel garden at Grand Hotel Minerva

DAY TRIPS & UNCONVENTIONAL TOURS

Florence is an excellent base to discover Tuscany …. Here are some day trips you can plan.

Nearby view at Grand Hotel Minerva