Florence in pictures: 10 images that will make you want to go right now

31 Jul 2018

Renaissance art, exquisite architecture and a rich history combine to make Florence one of the stand-out city-break destinations of the world. There's so much to see and do that one trip almost certainly won't be enough. Here we present a quick round-up of some of the city's must-see sights...  

The Piazza della Signoria is as good a place as any to start. Presided over by the striking Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's main square has been the city's spiritual (and political) heart for centuries. 

 

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Florence Cathedral, known locally as The Duomo, is the iconic landmark of the city. When one thinks of the Florence skyline, this is the building at its centre. Construction began in 1296 and took more than 140 years to complete...


San Lorenzo Market is a must for any Florence visit. This bustling hub is home to an indoor food market and an outdoor section where you'll find exquisite leather goods, clothing and jewellery.  

 

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Michelangelo's David. It's not until you see this marble statue in person that you can fully grasp the genius of Michelangelo's work. Created in the early 1500s, this masterpiece stands five metres tall. The original can be found at the Accademia Gallery - it was moved from the Piazza della Signoria in 1873 to protect it from erosion, but a replica now stands in the original location.  

 

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Dedicated followers of fashion will love the Gucci Museum. Here you'll learn the story of a brand that rose from humble Florence beginnings to become one of the most famous fashion brands of all time.  

 

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Think Florence, think Renaissance art. The Galleria degli Uffizi is where you come to see it. The artists here need no introduction: Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rembrandt... you get the picture. 

 

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Ponte Vecchio - a name that translates, quite simply, as "Old Bridge". Although, one assumes it wasn't always called that. Even Hitler had a soft spot for this view, apparently...


Church of Santa Croce, the resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli to name but a few...


Margherita from Pizza Gusta + views of the Ponte Vecchio = best pizza you've ever had. 

 

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And gelato. Of course, gelato. We recommend Gelateria La Carraia. Look at their Instagram page to see why... 

 

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