Florence, Italy

Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Politically, economically, and culturally it was the most important city in Europe for around 250 years; from some time b... more

Florence, Italy

Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Politically, economically, and culturally it was the most important city in Europe for around 250 years; from some time before 1300 until the early 1500s.

Florence is filled with many churches stuffed with some of the finest art in the world: San Miniato al Monte, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Trinita, the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria della Carmine, Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, SS Annunziata, Ognissanti, and more.

Then there are the art galleries. The Uffizi and the Pitti Palace are two of the most famous picture galleries in the world. But the heart and soul of Florence are in the two superb collections of sculpture, the Bargello and the Museum of the Works of the Duomo. They are filled with the brilliant, revolutionary creations of Donatello, Verrochio, Desiderio da Settignano, Michelangelo, and so many other masterpieces that create a body of work unique in the world. And, of course, there is the Accademia, with Michelangelo's David, perhaps the most well-known work of art anywhere, plus the superb, unfinished prisoners and slaves Michelangelo worked on for the tomb of Pope Julius II.

In all, Florence has something over 80 museums. Among those at the top of most lists are the City hall, the Palazzo della Signoria (aka Palazzo Vecchio), a wonderful building with magnificent rooms and some great art; the Archeological Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, the Palazzo Davanzatti, the Stibbert Museum, St. Marks, the Medici Chapels, the Museum of the Works of Santa Croce, the Museum of the Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, the Zoological Museum ("La Specola"), the Bardini, and the Museo Horne. There is also a wonderful collection of works by the modern sculptor, Marino Marini, in a museum named after him. If you are interested in photography, you should not miss the superb collection of works by the early photographers, the Alinari brothers. The magnificent Strozzi Palace is the site of many special exhibits

To get a great overview of the city, you have plenty of choices: climb the dome of the Cathdral or Giotto's Bell Tower which is much easier or head for Piazzale Michelangelo a large parking lot on the hillside just south of the center of town, or climb a bit further to the church of San Miniato al Monte, a sublime 11th century masterpiece, with superb Renaissance scultpures. At vespers, the monks add to the beauty with chants.

Great places to walk include along the Arno and across any of its bridges; through narrow, medieval back streets in the Santa Croce area; and in the Oltr'Arno - on the south side of the river, in many ways like Rome's Trastevere or Paris's Left Bank - but far, far smaller. There are also superb shopping streets, such as the Via Tornabuoni, the Via del Parione, and the Via Maggio.

Florence's food can be as much of a treat to the palate as the art is a treat to the eye. There is good food for any price range, from fine restaurants to take out food from window stands. The best price/quality ratio you will find outside the historical center where normal Italians go to eat. The worst ratio is probably in the neighbourhood of Mercato di San Lorenzo where there are a lot of tourist restaurants, while many of the best restaurants in the city are found in the Santa Croce district. In some, requests for pizza may be met with a rebuff. For local pizza look for small shops near the Duomo.

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Pangie's Bistro in Florence is a traditional restaurant, pub & pizzeria in Via del Parione in the historic center of Florence. Specialties of Tuscan cuisine.

Vinaino di Parte Guelfa was established by two brothers-in-law who wanted to entice the palates of locals and tourists. Located on a small side street near Mercato del Porcellino. There is a menu but if you can pick what you want on your panino or s...

Athenaeum Personal Hotel, located in florence center, has a luxury restaurat where to taste florence typical dishes, Riflessi Restaurant | restaurant hotel florence, restaurant florence center, luxury restaurant florence

  The formula for success of Trattoria Da Giorgio is a cocktail   of passion and creativity, where each family contributes to the outstanding performance of the room.  From Trattoria Da Giorgio can enjoy classic and well made ​​based on high qua...

  One of the more 'typical of Florence, known for its creative cuisine but also for the traditional Tuscan dishes. A welcoming entrance hall and two cellars medieval charm where to eat in the glow of soft lights and discover a timeless Flore...

Cantinetta Antinori in Florence is located on the ground floor of Palazzo Antinori , one of the finest examples of Florentine architecture of the mid-fifteenth century, in the historic center of the city. 

It is the oldest ice cream shop in Florence (at night the snow brought from the mountains to make ice cream in the last century) and still makes a great ice cream. To understand what has been famous, there should still be attached to a wall an old p...

The Public House has recreated the nightlife in and around Piazza Santa Maria Novella. An Irish pub renovated by a group of friends in a film genre with memorabilia of horror, old singers and classic music groups. The atmosphere is quite retro and t...

Restaurant, pizzeria and cocktail bar combined in 350 square meters of colors and flavors! Girasol is open until late at night to accommodate customers' needs. The cocktail bar Provides delicious cocktails, quality beers and a large selection of r...

The pub has its own character and energy. It was established in 1997 by two Florentine friends who enjoyed bringing people together. Located on Via della Scala, down the street from Piazza Santa Maria Novella, where on any given night the place can ...

A club that is a full of life every night of the week. Located in the near Piazza Strozzi on Via Sassetti, the doors open around 11pm. The interior of the club is full of mirrors, spinning disco balls and pumping music all night long. 

The Negroni Florence Bar is located by the Arno River in a beautiful square where the atmosphere is welcoming, warm, colourful and lively. Florence: an international city, where the “art of meeting” is a speciality, open to everything modern life of...

Otel is a club restaurant where music, dance and cabaret intertwine. A twist between restaurant and theater, it offers a sober and calm atmosphere early on in the evening.

Located in the historic center of Florence a few steps from Piazza Santa Maria Novella, is the typical Tuscan trattoria. In a simple but well cared for, you can taste the Florentine tradition, such as Ribollita or pancakes, the house specialty, the ...

   An old inn in the district of San Niccolò, where the wine you can also order a glass with a plate of cold cuts and cheese, bruschetta and carpaccio, and you can taste very hard to find the best Florentine tradition. Gwendolyn will always welc...

The Borgo Antico Restaurant overlooking the splendid Piazza Santo Spirito which offers charm and enchantment completely different from all the rest of Florence. Here you can feel a special atmosphere that makes you part of the spirit of the Oltrarno...

Dolce Vita is a trendy locale with music, happy hour and gorgeous people. Opened in 1985, has been able to innovate the nightlife in Florence.

Space Club and 'the most' big club in Florence, in the historical center of the city 'near the train station Firenze SMN The Club is on two floors where the first you can' find a corner Karaoke with a wide variety of songs including choose from, one...

Casa del Vino is the oldest wine bar in Florence. It has all the original furniture from the second half of the 19th century inside. 

Your meeting with the "Fine Drinking" at the Enoteca is marked by the two Wine Cards, the Italian Wine Card and The International Wine Card, supplemented by several "tastings" which are unique, both for the variety, the possible choices and the pres...

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  The Museum is incorporated in the vast complex of the basilica of San Lorenzo which, being the parish church of the Medici family, was particularly richly decorated. It is here that members of the family were buried from the mid-15th century o...

The Pitti Palace, which was formerly the residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later of the King of Italy, now houses several important collections of paintings and sculpture, works of art, porcelain and a costume gallery, besides providing a ...

This grand palace was built by the Strozzi family in 1489. After much consultation with Lorenzo de Medici, the Strozzis decided to build a structure much larger than the Medici residence. In the center of Florence, this family built the largest Rena...

  Gucci Museo is situated in the heart of Florence, an homage to the city where Gucci’s story began. It was here in 1921 that Guccio Gucci founded the company which bore his name and which would go on to become a global powerhouse whose indisput...

  The Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David which was transferred here, to the specially designed tribune, from Piazza della Signoria in 1873.  I...

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo was founded to house the sculptures and artworks from the Duomo for restoration and preservation from the elements of the city. This museum exists mainly to house the sculptures removed from the niches and doors of the Duo...

  This is one of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Its collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time, including works by Giotto, Simone Martini, ...

Palazzo della Signoria, better known as Palazzo Vecchio, has been the symbol of the civic power of  Florence for over seven centuries. Built between the end of the thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth to house the city’s supreme go...

The museum’s footwear collection documents the entire span of Salvatore Ferragamo’s career, from his return to Italy in 1927 to 1960 the year he died. It highlights his technical and artistic skills which, through his color choices, the creativity o...

  The Museum has a remarkable collection of sculpture and works of art. It occupies an impressive building built for the Capitano del Popolo in the mid-13th century, which later became the seat of the Podestà and Council of Justice.  Since 1...

Florence Nightlife

The Public House has recreated the nightlife in and around Piazza Santa Maria Novella. An Irish pub renovated by a group of friends in a film genre with memorabilia of horror, old singers and classic music groups. The atmosphere is quite retro and t...

Restaurant, pizzeria and cocktail bar combined in 350 square meters of colors and flavors! Girasol is open until late at night to accommodate customers' needs. The cocktail bar Provides delicious cocktails, quality beers and a large selection of r...

The pub has its own character and energy. It was established in 1997 by two Florentine friends who enjoyed bringing people together. Located on Via della Scala, down the street from Piazza Santa Maria Novella, where on any given night the place can ...

A club that is a full of life every night of the week. Located in the near Piazza Strozzi on Via Sassetti, the doors open around 11pm. The interior of the club is full of mirrors, spinning disco balls and pumping music all night long. 

The Negroni Florence Bar is located by the Arno River in a beautiful square where the atmosphere is welcoming, warm, colourful and lively. Florence: an international city, where the “art of meeting” is a speciality, open to everything modern life of...

Otel is a club restaurant where music, dance and cabaret intertwine. A twist between restaurant and theater, it offers a sober and calm atmosphere early on in the evening.

Dolce Vita is a trendy locale with music, happy hour and gorgeous people. Opened in 1985, has been able to innovate the nightlife in Florence.

Space Club and 'the most' big club in Florence, in the historical center of the city 'near the train station Firenze SMN The Club is on two floors where the first you can' find a corner Karaoke with a wide variety of songs including choose from, one...

Casa del Vino is the oldest wine bar in Florence. It has all the original furniture from the second half of the 19th century inside. 

Your meeting with the "Fine Drinking" at the Enoteca is marked by the two Wine Cards, the Italian Wine Card and The International Wine Card, supplemented by several "tastings" which are unique, both for the variety, the possible choices and the pres...

Florence Dining

Pangie's Bistro in Florence is a traditional restaurant, pub & pizzeria in Via del Parione in the historic center of Florence. Specialties of Tuscan cuisine.

Vinaino di Parte Guelfa was established by two brothers-in-law who wanted to entice the palates of locals and tourists. Located on a small side street near Mercato del Porcellino. There is a menu but if you can pick what you want on your panino or s...

Athenaeum Personal Hotel, located in florence center, has a luxury restaurat where to taste florence typical dishes, Riflessi Restaurant | restaurant hotel florence, restaurant florence center, luxury restaurant florence

  The formula for success of Trattoria Da Giorgio is a cocktail   of passion and creativity, where each family contributes to the outstanding performance of the room.  From Trattoria Da Giorgio can enjoy classic and well made ​​based on high qua...

  One of the more 'typical of Florence, known for its creative cuisine but also for the traditional Tuscan dishes. A welcoming entrance hall and two cellars medieval charm where to eat in the glow of soft lights and discover a timeless Flore...

Cantinetta Antinori in Florence is located on the ground floor of Palazzo Antinori , one of the finest examples of Florentine architecture of the mid-fifteenth century, in the historic center of the city. 

It is the oldest ice cream shop in Florence (at night the snow brought from the mountains to make ice cream in the last century) and still makes a great ice cream. To understand what has been famous, there should still be attached to a wall an old p...

Located in the historic center of Florence a few steps from Piazza Santa Maria Novella, is the typical Tuscan trattoria. In a simple but well cared for, you can taste the Florentine tradition, such as Ribollita or pancakes, the house specialty, the ...

   An old inn in the district of San Niccolò, where the wine you can also order a glass with a plate of cold cuts and cheese, bruschetta and carpaccio, and you can taste very hard to find the best Florentine tradition. Gwendolyn will always welc...

The Borgo Antico Restaurant overlooking the splendid Piazza Santo Spirito which offers charm and enchantment completely different from all the rest of Florence. Here you can feel a special atmosphere that makes you part of the spirit of the Oltrarno...