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  • FLORENCE, ITALY CITY GUIDE

GETTING AROUND FLORENCE

The historic center of Florence is a walker’s dream. The most important sites and the train station lie within a 3/4-mile radius from the iconic Ponte Vecchio.

THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE

Map showing points of interest in Florence1. TRANSPORTATION HUB

Florence is the main train hub for Tuscany, making trips easy to Pisa (50 min), Venice (2 hrs), Milan (1 hr 45 min), and Rome (90 min). There are slower, local trains that make frequent stops and direct, high speed trains on the same route. Ask an agent if you are unsure.

2. CLIMB THE DOME

See up-close the innovative construction method as you climb between the inner and outer domes to a stunning view over the city and Tuscan hills. Arrive early to avoid a long wait and visit the little Museum of Santa Maria del Fiore for more context before your climb.

3. UFFIZI GALLERY

Specializing in art and sculpture from the Italian Renaissance, you can while away several hours hers.

4. PITTI PALACE

A former Renaissance royal palace, now housing museums for silver, modern art, porcelain, carriages, and costumes, as well as the Boboli Gardens.

5. MUSEO GALILEO

Home to one of the world’s major collections of scientific instruments, dating back to the 15th century, including Galileo’ personal instruments.

6. THE ACCADEMIA

Known for Michelangelo’s David statue but also has rotating exhibits, an antique musical instrument exhibit, and paintings from the 1300s to the 1600s.

7. SANTA CROCE BASILICA

A beautiful church with a painted wooden ceiling holds the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and the composer, Rossini.

8. PONTE VECCHIO

The epicenter of the city’s gold jewelry market. Mass-produced, as well as unique artisan pieces.

9. SAN LORENZO MARKET

The city’s biggest street market. Cheap imports abound—dig deep to find local products like leather goods and handmade paper products.

10. ALICE’S MASK STUDIO

A block west of the market, find truly one-of-a-kind, handcrafted masks. More for display than dress-up, these are unique souvenirs.

11. PERCHE NO!

Since 1939, this popular gelateria has made gelato fresh daily without artificial colors or preservatives. A wide selection of flavors include dairy free options.

12. PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO

A scenic lookout with panoramic views. A lovely walk from the city for sunset and nighttime lights.

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