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6 places you must see when visiting Florence


In cities as full of history and art as Florence, there is almost too much to do. The list of incredible monuments, palaces, and galleries goes on, and eventually it becomes clear that you haven’t prioritised the best things. Especially if you’re only on a short break, or weekend trip, there just isn’t time to cram everything in. So, to help organise you trip, here are six “must do” activities when visiting Florence.

Piazza del Duomo


The Piazza del Duomo, or the Dome Square, is right in the historic centre, surrounded by beautiful architecture, such the famed Florence Cathedral and Dome, its namesake. It would be a crime not to sit in the square with an Italian coffee, admiring the art around you.

Palazzo Vecchio


The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence, and a stunning building. The stately, relatively formal exterior hides a beautiful, artistic centre, with a courtyard and fountain nestled inside. Not only that, but it also holds a copy of Michelangelo’s famed Statue of David, one of the most visited pieces of art in Florence.

Ponte Vecchio


This is the medieval bridge that crosses the main river in Florence, the Arno River, and is well-known for still having shops built along it. It is right in the centre of Florence, and still has enormous footfall.

Boboli Gardens


If you feel like a change of scenery from the city, the Boboli Gardens are the way to go. A paradise of green behind the Pitti Palace, they are traditional Italian style gardens and a perfect escape from the bustle of the streets.

Florence Cathedral


The Florence Cathedral, otherwise known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, is the most famous building in Florence, with its red dome being one of the most recognisable traits of the city skyline. It is one of the most popular sights not only in Florence, but in Europe.

Overlook the Duomo


The only issue about all these suggestions is that they are often full of tourists and can only be seen from ground level. By staying in one of the suites with the view of the Duomo in The Brunelleschi Hotel, you can appreciate the beauty of the Florence skyline, spot many landmarks, as well as the iconic red dome, and do so from the comfort and quiet of your own space. Staying in a suite with Dome view is a perfect way to continue experiencing Florence, even when having some time to yourself at the end of a long day.

This is a contribution from one of our contributing writers.


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