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Florence, Italy - Highlights to see and do

Florence, Italy - Highlights to see and do

story by: Inspire France & Italy

  • Art - Florence is a great place for art buffs as well as those who just want to see what all the fuss is about.  Two of the main galleries are the Uffizi and Accademia.  Both are closed on Mondays, but open the other 6 days of the week and are home to works such as Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s ‘the birth of Venice’.
  • Markets - If you are after leather then head to the San Lorenzo Markets on Tuesday - Saturday for bags and jackets galore.  For a real foodie market  visit the Sant' Ambrogio market between Monday - Saturday.  This market is both indoor and outdoor and a great spot to pick up some treats for a picnic.
  • The Duomo - finished around 1367 the cathedral is decorated in pink, white and green marble and stands proudly above the surrounding buildings. 
  • Giotto’s Bell Tower - Attached to the Duomo, the 400 odd steps to the top can be hard work but the view over Florence from the top is superb and well worth the effort.
  • Piazzale Michelangelo - about a 20 minute walk from the Duomo, or a short bus ride, this is half Piazza and half parking lot but is a great spot for the fantastic views over Florence and the Arno Valley and there are a couple of lovely restaurants just next door.
  • Ponte Vecchio - the only bridge in Florence to have been spared by German bombs in WW2 is lined with jewellery stores, art galleries and souvenir shops and is most definitely worth a wander.
  • Take a bus to Fiesole - its a daytrip with fascinating points of interest and the views across to Florence in the distance are amazing!

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