A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Florence
Situated along the borders of the Arno river Florence is the birthplace of the renaissance and houses world famous masterpieces of art such as Botticelli’s "The Birth of Venus" or the splendid Statue of David by Michelangelo and on top of that, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.
Scoring very high for sights and pedestrian zones results in a well-deserved Top 6 finish for Florence.
Furthermore, enjoy delicious Italian food and sunny weather.
While there is plenty to see in the city itself, the capital of Tuscany offers also excellent excursions to the nearby cities of Siena, Pisa or San Gimignano.
Crowds in front of the Uffizi are — especially in high season — very long.
Florence is not a shopping or nightlife destination and the price level is rather high.
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B. Best Things to Do in Florence (Detailed List with Photos and Information)
These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 8.50/10.
GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI 8
This world-class museum houses the greatest collection of Italian paintings in the world.
Highlights include masterpieces from Sandro Botticelli (“The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera”), Leonardo Da Vinci (“Annunciation”) and Caravaggio (“Medusa” and “Bacchus”).
Museum (World Heritage Site since 1982)
PONTE VECCHIO 7
Built in 1345 the famous pedestrian Ponte Vecchio (literally meaning "old bridge") is the only Florentine bridge spared by Germans during their retreat in 1944. It is one of the only bridges in the world still featuring overhanging shops, which were once common.
Vasari's Corridor a walkway built in 1565 runs over the houses of the Ponte Vecchio is connecting the Uffizi to the old Medici palace.
Bridge (World Heritage Site since 1982)
Galleria dell'Accademia 7
This second most visited art museum in Italy (1,461,185 visitors in 2016) after the Uffizi is home to the world's most famous statue, Michelangelo's 4.8m tall iconic “David”.
Furthermore, the rather small Galleria dell'Accademia features various other sculptures (including the unfinished “Slaves” by Michelangelo) and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists.
Museum (Most famous work: David [1501–04], marble statue by Michelangelo)
by Jörg Bittner Unna / CC BY-SA 3.0
PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA 7
Florence’s impressive pedestrian main square in front of the fortress-like Palazzo Vecchio, now the city hall, is embellished with an impressive collection of statuary.
Marvel at Cellini's famous bronze Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa or a copy of Michelangelo's David.
Square (World Heritage Site since 1982)
CAMPANILE (tower of the Duomo) 7
Designed by the famous Giotto his eighty-five meter high slender bell tower of the cathedral was completed in 1359.
After climbing the 414 steps to the top of the tower you are rewarded with wonderful views of Florence and the cathedral's dome.
Historic Tower (World Heritage Site since 1982, by Giotto, total 84 m, built 1359)
PALAZZO VECCHIO 7
Built at the start of the 14th century this iconic fortress-like palace is today Florence’s town hall.
Unmissable highlights include the “Salone dei Cinquecento” (Hall of the 500) with its marvellous paintings on the walls and ceiling as well as the fabulous views from the top of the iconic 94m-high bell tower.
Museum and Palace (World Heritage Site since 1982)
E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Florence (including close-by excursions)
GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI (museum) 8
DUOMO (cathedral) 8
HISTORIC CENTRE 8
PONTE VECCHIO (bridge) 7
Galleria dell'Academia (museum) 7
PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA (square) 7
CAMPANILE (tower, total 84 m, built 1359) 7
PALAZZO VECCHIO (palace and museum) 7
PALAZZO DEL PODESTÀ AND BARGELLO NATIONAL MUSEUM 6
Piazzale Michelangelo (square with view) 6