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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.
A memorable breakfast in Florence
These are the TOP 10 attractions you should not miss when in Florence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
SHOP LOCAL, ENJOY LOCAL
From high couture to local artisans, this is our selection for you.
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.
DAY TRIPS & UNCONVENTIONAL TOURS
Florence is an excellent base to discover Tuscany …. Here are some day trips you can plan.