Planning to Visit Florence – What to See

After a long and frigid winter in New England, I just awoke from my travel hibernation and I’m now in the process of planning some new and exciting trips. I’ve talked about the Presidential Traverse before, a magnificent 24-mile hike in New Hampshire that I’ll be doing at the end of May. In this post I’m doing some research on Italy and more particularly Florence, where my wife and I are heading in the summer. That’ll be a multi-week trip taking in rural Tuscany and its gorgeous capital of Florence, but also some other parts of the Mediterranean coast, such as Croatia and Greece.

Reading about a destination and looking at beautiful photos are my two preferred ways of preparing myself for a new and exciting trip. In this blog post on planning to visit Florence, Italy, I aim to offer you some inspiring photos of the main things to see in Florence

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy

There’s an extreme wealth of history and architecture to be found in Florence. It was the very place where the Italian Renaissance was born, after all. For a period of almost three centuries, Florence was the epicenter of culture, art, politics and economics in Europe. It was the city of the Medici family, arguably the most significant family in history, but also of many of the greatest artists that ever lived, including Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo and da Vinci. The city’s historical importance is impossible to overstate.

Now, let’s look at some of the main sights in Florence.

1. The Duomo

2. Boboli Gardens

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens: Photo Richard Mortel / CC 2.0

3. Ponte Vecchio

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Ponte Vecchio Sunset - Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio Sunset: Photo Justin Brown / CC 2.0

4. Piazza della Signoria

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Visit Florence: Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Piazza della Signoria, Florence: Photo Riccardo Cuppini / CC 2.0

5. Basilica di Santa Croce

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Visit Florence: Basilica di Santa Croce
Basilica di Santa Croce: Photo Fernando Garcia / CC 2.0

6. Palazzo Vecchio

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio: Photo Giuseppe Moscato / CC 2.0

7. Uffizi

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Galleria degli Uffizi
Galleria degli Uffizi: Photo Chris Wee / CC 2.0

8. Palazzo Pitti

9. Galleria dell’Accademia

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Galleria dell' Accademia
Galleria dell’ Accademia: Photo Darren & Brad / CC 2.0

10. Piazzale Michelangelo

Top 10 Things to See in Florence, Italy: Firenze Panorama on Piazzale Michelangelo / Night
Firenze Panorama on Piazzale Michelangelo at night: Photo Luftphilia / CC 2.0

There are numerous other highlights in Florence, such as the Bardini Garden, the San Miniato al Monte church, the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, the Loggie dei Lanzi and the Basilica di San Lorenzo.

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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