What to See And Do In Florence, Italy

Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, is a stunning jewel city with several sightseeing worthy treasures.

You’ll realize once you visit the city that you can’t, in all honesty, see all that the city has to offer in a day or even two.

So, if you plan to explore all the secrets of the city; you better give yourself enough time to appreciate Florence’s exquisite beauty.

But, if you’re tight on time and can only afford to spend a day or two in the city – you can still fit a couple of sights into your itinerary.

Now talking of travel arrangements, the first thing you’d want to do is sort out your lodging.

Do you prefer to stay in the city center?  Check out the Hotel Brunelleschi, it’s a short distance from the Signoria square and Cathedral and overlooking the Via Calzaiuoli.

So, here are some of the attractions in Florence for your next visit:

Short walk to Piazza Della Signoria

Stand at what’s unarguably center of Florence’s political life. The square has since the 14th century played an important role in displaying the political fortunes of the feuding families.

It’s here that the great spectacle marking the return of the Medici in 1530 took place. The square has also seen its share of bloodletting – here Savonarola was burned at the stakes as a heretic.

Discover the Medici Villa

One of the city’s best-kept secrets. Explore this impressive country residence that speaks volumes of years of wealth and decadence.

It is located in the outskirts of the city which affords one a breathtaking panoramic view of the vast sprawling Italian garden plus a vintage scene of the ancient city of Florence.

Explore at a close quarter the spaces that have served as a residence for some of the most powerful families of the medieval era – the Medici family, the Lorraine family, and of course, Italy’s royal family.

Visit Piazza Duomo

This architectural masterpiece is the most iconic building in Florence with its dome towering high and above the surrounding structure.

Fun fact: Do you know the Duomo was deemed completed after two centuries?

Keep in mind while visiting the Duomo you might run into a long queue of tourists trying to get into the church. It’s nothing to worry about though since the line moves pretty quickly.

Enjoy the natural soothing beauty of the Bardini Gardens

Florence is not only famous for its incredible architecture, or just for its art collections and museums. It’s a city with scenic natural beauty as it’s well-maintained gardens show.

When one thinks of gardens in Florence what often comes to mind are the touristy Boboli Gardens, the vibrant Iris and rose gardens or even the Botanical Garden in the city center.

However, the often overlooked yet alluring Bardini gardens offers just as much pleasure and delight.  

So, there you have some of the secret treasures of Florence. Be sure to add some of these places in your to-see bucket list for the next time you visit.

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