Must See Sights in Florence

Whether you’re spending two days in Florence or four months, there are some sights you cannot miss out on in this historic city. There is no shortage of breathtaking landmarks, and historic basilicas here so realistically this post could go on forever. So, what I’ll focus on here are the MUST SEE spots that you should try and visit, even if you’re only in Florence for  a couple of days.

The historic Ponte Vecchio

The historic Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

A visit to Florence is not complete without one of its most famous landmarks – the Ponte Vecchio. This famous bridge runs over the Arno river and is home to dozens of gold and jewelry stores.

A fun fact for any history lovers: this was the only bridge left intact in Florence by the German soldiers during World War II.

Piazzale Michelangelo

If you want a panoramic view of the magical Firenze, Piazza Michelangelo is where you need to go. It’s a steep walk up from the city centre, so get ready to get some exercise – I promise it’s going to be worth it.

Tip: go here at sunset. The view is absolutely breathtaking and there’s usually a performer playing live music at the steps. Grab a gelato or a small bottle of wine from one of the vendors at the piazza, have a seat, and watch the sun setting over the city.

San Miniato

Looking out at Florence from San Miniato is unforgettable

San Miniato Basilica

This is one more spot to see an unbelievable Birdseye view or Florence. Located even higher than Piazzale Michelangelo, this is the perfect place to come for some serenity and reflection. The basilica itself is absolutely beautiful, and very interesting to walk through.

Tip: visit this gorgeous basilica in the afternoon and head over to Piazzale Michelangelo before sunset. They’re close to each other and it will save you the hike up hill (although if you’re anything like me you’ll fall in love with this place and won’t mind hiking up there multiple times).

Statue of David

This is one of the best known sculptures in the world.

Need I say more?

Tip: it’s best to visit the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze an hour before closing time – that’s how you avoid the huge line.

Leather Markets

You will come across several leather markets. For advice on how to bargain you can read this article. You should definitely take advantage of the great deals you can get here on good quality leather. Buy that leather purse, wallet, jacket, or shoes you’ve always wanted at a fraction of the price.

Anyone who's been to Florence is familiar with this sight

Anyone who’s been to Florence is familiar with this sight

The Duomo

You won’t miss the Duomo walking around the city – but make sure you actually take the time and go inside it. The drawings on the dome are true works of art and are something you won’t want to miss.

It’s a good idea to buy a ticket which also lets you visit the baptistery directly across from the Duomo, it’s where Florentines were baptized for many centuries, and continuous  to be one of the most important religious spaces in Florence. If you want to save some money keep in mind that you don’t always have to pay to go in – check for event here. I got to see an opera and didn’t pay a dime!

If you have a long time to spend in this beautiful city look out, I’m back at writing on this blog and I’m going to be posting a more extensive list of places to visit – but this is a good guide for those who only have a short time in Florence!

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