Marco Polo’s list of the top ten things not to be missed in Florence! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Florence’s most important sights.
1. DUOMO SANTA MARIA DEL
This magnificent building is the symbol of the city and third-largest church in Christendom – il Duomo is a source of great Florentine pride and is the city’s top attraction.
2. GALLERIA DELL’ACCADEMIA
Home to Michelangelo’s David, an imposing (4.1m /13.5ft high) masterpiece that was sculpted from a single block of Carrara marble. Other sculptures by the master are also on display in the museum, which was founded in 1784.
3. SANTA CROCE
With 23 monumental graves and hundreds of tombstones, this Franciscan church is Florence’s pantheon.
4. PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA
The beautiful piazza is dominated by the Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Uffizi and the enormous Neptune Fountain.
5. PONTE VECCHIO
At sunset this is one of the most picturesque sights in Florence when “the old bridge” jewellery shops and the River Arno are all aglitter.
6. GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI
One of the largest and most famous art galleries in the world: the works of art – paintings, tapestries and statues – are exhibited in over 100 rooms and a series of corridors.
7. MUSEO NAZIONALE DEL BARGELLO
What was once the city’s goal and torture chamber is now one of the most famous sculpture galleries in Italy.
8. SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
The main attractions of this Dominican church are its marble facade and precious frescoes.
9. PALAZZO PITTI
The largest of all of Florence’s palaces, the complex and adjoining Boboli Gardens, now house seven museums. The Galleria Palatina, with its exquisite collection of paintings, is especially fascinating.
10. SAN MINIATO AL MONTE
A classic example of Romanesque architecture and sweeping vistas of Florence – this iconic location is recognisable from Florence guidebooks, and the reality more than lives up to the image!