Florence's Top 20
Collected by Nicky Swallow , AFAR Local Expert
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
I was walking around taking photos at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, while waiting for my friend. As the evening draws near, I found myself enjoying the sculptures inside the Loggia dei Lanzi, which I was not able to visit in detail...
Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
If you have time to see just one piece of art, make it David. Carved in 1501-4 from a single piece of milky-white Carrara marble, Michelangelo’s magnificent statue, an icon of power and wealth, originally stood in Piazza della Signoria, but...
Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
While in Florence this May, my husband and I decided not to walk to the top of the dome of the Duomo but, instead, to make the climb to the top of the tower next to the Duomo to get a great view of the dome itself. I shot this from the stairwell...
Piazza S. Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
When French writer Stendhal saw Giotto's frescoes in Florence's Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), he wrote: "Ero giunto a quel livello di emozione dove si incontrano le sensazioni celesti date dalle arti ed i sentimenti...
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Santa Maria Novella is one of Florence's beautiful churches. Its location near the train station means that most visitors will pass by it, and probably through the piazza in front of the church, but few take the time to actually go inside. This...
Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Giardino di Boboli or Boboli gradens, is located a walking distance from Palazzo Pitti, in Oltrano area in Florence. The gardens, created by the Medici family, are dotted with beautiful sculpture that includes some ancient Roman figures, and some...
Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Via Santa Monaca, 27, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
This small chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine houses one of the most important fresco cycles in Florentine art. It was painted by three great Renaissance artists: Masolino began the work in 1425, his pupil Masaccio continued the piece...
r, Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
This jewel box of a museum, located in the basement of the 13th-century Palazzo Spini Feroni where shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo first set up shop in 1927, is a perfect antidote to too much Renaissance art. Anyone with even a vague interest in...
Piazza Santo Spirito, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Florence’s most lively square is dominated by the blank, unfinished facade of Brunelleschi’s last church. Lined with trees and centered around a pretty fountain, the piazza plays host to a small daily market (where local ladies do their shopping)...
Via del Proconsolo, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Just to the north of Florence, the small hill town of Fiesole was founded by the Etruscans. Today it is effectively an upmarket city suburb, home to many magnificent villas. Highlights include the 11th-century Duomo; the 3,000-seat Roman...
Via de' Ginori, 2n, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
The main reason to visit this Renaissance palace is to see the delightful frescoes in the Cappella dei Magi painted by Benozzo Gozzoli. His 1459 cycle fills the tiny chapel from floor to ceiling and is exquisitely painted in bright jewel colors....
Via Camillo Cavour, 3, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Located behind the church of San Lorenzo, this is where many members of the ruling Medici family are buried. The octagonal building with an opulent marble interior dates from 1519. The Cappella dei Principi houses sarcophagi belonging to the...
Piazza Santo Spirito, 9, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
The most sublime experience in Firenze is sitting on the loggia at the Palazzo Guadagni on the square at Saint Spirito in Florence at sunset. You sit on the terrace and sip prosecco, and look over the beautiful terra-cotta tiled roofs and settle...
Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
While in Florence, we visited one of the city's many art museums. I came across this open window as I wandered through the museum and though the view of the colorful building next door, framed so nicely by stained-glass windows, was almost as...
Piazza San Marco, 3, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
Housed in the monastery of San Marco, this museum pays homage to the delicate, spiritual work of Fra Angelico who lived and worked here as a monk from 1435-1445. Some of his most celebrated paintings and frescoes are on show here: the famous...
Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
I like to consider myself the type that strays off the beaten path, a guy that shuns away from the typical tourist traps, but when I was riding the train to Florence I noticed that Pisa was conveniently on the way (I was coming from Nice, France)....
56126 Pisa, Province of Pisa, Italy
Pisa’s enormous cathedral was begun in the 11th century, and is one of the finest examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture. The four-tiered, milky-white marble facade is decorated with Moorish mosaics. A fire in 1595 destroyed the original bronze...
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