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Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Duomo & Piazza della Signoria 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The insoluble problem of the dome was solved with genius by Brunelleschi in 1420. — Michelin Guide

For centuries, people have commented that Florence's cathedral is turned inside out, its exterior boasting Brunelleschi's famous dome and a festive cladding of white, green, and pink marble. — Frommer's

Florence's duomo , the city's most iconic landmark, is among Italy's 'Big Three' (with Pisa's Leaning Tower and Rome's Colosseum). — Lonely Planet

In 1296 Arnolfo di Cambio (circa 1245–circa 1310) was commissioned to build "the loftiest, most sumptuous edifice human invention could devise" in the Romanesque style. — Fodor's

The Duomo, Baptistry, and Campanile are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that covers the entire historic center of Florence. — Afar Magazine

Uffizi Gallery

Duomo & Piazza della Signoria 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Allow enough time to savor the world’s greatest gallery of Renaissance art—and don’t forget to look up at the marvelous frescoed hallway ceilings. — National Geographic

The Uffizi contains the world's most magnificent collection of Renaissance art from the greatest of Old Masters. — Travel + Leisure

Housed inside Palazzo degli Uffizi, built between 1560 and 1580 as a government office building, this world-class art museum safeguards the Medici family's private art collection. — Lonely Planet

The greatest collection of Renaissance painting in the world is housed in the former administrative offices of Cosimo de' Medici's court, a 16th-century building designed by Vasari. — Concierge

The Uffizi in Florence, has always been on my bucket list. No trip to Tuscany would have been complete without it. — Afar Magazine

Museo di San Marco

San Marco 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in the monastery of San Marco, this museum pays homage to the delicate, spiritual work of Fra Angelico who lived and worked here as a monk from 1435-1445. — Afar Magazine

A testament to the work of painter–monk Fra Angelico, this museum is housed in the Dominican convent of San Marco. — Concierge

The museum includes the famed monks' cells with frescoes by Fra Angelico. — Travel + Leisure

His unostentatious and direct paintings exalt the simple beauties of the contemplative life. — Fodor's

In 1437, Cosimo de' Medici il Vecchio, grandfather of Lorenzo the Magnificent, had Michelozzo convert a medieval monastery here into a new home for the Dominicans. — Frommer's

Boboli Gardens

Oltrarno 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The magnificent Boboli Gardens, once the playground of the Medici family, are laid out over the hill behind the Pitti Palace, a green oasis amid Florence's stern stone palazzi and narrow streets. — Travel + Leisure

A visit here can be disappointing, because the gardens are somewhat underplanted and under-cared for, but it's still a great walk with some terrific views. — Fodor's

The statue-filled park behind the Pitti Palace is one of the earliest and finest Renaissance gardens, laid out mostly between 1549 and 1656 with box hedges in geometric patterns. — Frommer's

The grand Boboli Gardens are one of my favorite places in Florence, but they can be crowded. — Afar Magazine

Behind Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens laid out in the mid-16th century to a design by architect Niccolò Pericoli are a prime example of a formal Tuscan garden and they are lovely to wander. — Lonely Planet

Museo Nazionale del Bargello

Duomo & Piazza della Signoria 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Palazzo del Podestà has a remarkable courtyard... is home to a museum of great importance. — Michelin Guide

What the Uffizi is to paintings, the Bargello is to sculpture: a storehouse of some of the greatest works in marble and bronze to come out of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. — Travel + Leisure

This oft-overlooked museum in Florence's centuries-old former jail houses what is perhaps the city's best collection of sculpture. — Condé Nast Traveler

Today, the museum houses a fabulous collection of sculpture by Michelangelo, Donatello, Benvenuto Cellini, Giambologna, and others. — Concierge

Inside this 1255 Gothic palazzo is Florence's premier sculpture museum, with works by Michelangelo, the della Robbias, and Donatello. — Frommer's

Palazzo Vecchio

Duomo & Piazza della Signoria 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the highlights is the Room of the 500s, which features worryingly aggressive/erotic statues for a room that used to hold a political council. — Let's Go

Florence's fortress palace, with its striking crenellations and 94m-high tower, was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio between 1298 and 1314 for the signoria (city government). — Lonely Planet

Florence's forbidding, fortresslike city hall was begun in 1299, presumably designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, and its massive bulk and towering campanile dominate Piazza della Signoria. — Fodor's

Topped by a fine 94m-high bell tower, this huge building dominates its square. — Michelin Guide

Florence's fortresslike town hall was built from 1299 to 1302 on the designs of Arnolfo di Cambio, Gothic master builder of the city. — Frommer's

Accademia Gallery

San Lorenzo 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“David”—“Il Gigante”—is much larger than most people imagine... he hasn’t faded with time, either. — Frommer's

The collection of Florentine paintings, dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries, is largely unremarkable, but the sculptures by Michelangelo are worth the price of admission. — Fodor's

The vast majority of the people in the mile-long line outside this former art school are here for one reason only: to ogle what is probably the most famous nude sculpture in the world. — Concierge

There’s always a long line outside Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts, everyone waiting to see arguably the world’s most famous sculpture: Michelangelo’s David. — Travel + Leisure

A lengthy queue marks the door to this gallery, built to house one of the Renaissance's greatest masterpieces, Michelangelo's original David. — Lonely Planet

Medici Chapels

Santa Maria Novella 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This pair mirrors the similarly fashioned “Day” (male) and “Night” (female) across the way. — Frommer's

The funerary chapel... is striking for its sheer scale and its sombre aspect. The New Sacristy (built to house the Medici tombs - note the sculpture) is Michelangelo's. — Michelin Guide

Attached to the church of San Lorenzo, this complex of three rooms is the final resting place of Medicis great and small. — Concierge

Nowhere is Medici conceit expressed so explicitly as in their mausoleum, the Medician Chapels. — Lonely Planet

The dark Cappella Principe  hovers over the sky and guards six mighty-looking tombs of Medici rulers. — Let's Go

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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Duomo & Piazza della Signoria 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Art lovers will be delighted by its multiple masterpieces by great figures such as Michelangelo, Donatello and Della Robbia. — Michelin Guide

This museum houses works, mostly sculptural, that once adorned the facade of the Duomo, Giotto's campanile (bell tower) and the baptistery. — Travel + Leisure

This museum... safeguards sacred and liturgical treasures that once adorned the duomo, baptistry and campanile. — Lonely Planet

This museum exists mainly to house the sculptures removed from the niches and doors of the Duomo group for restoration and preservation from the elements. — Frommer's

At press time, the museum was undergoing some serious expansion, and the results will be splendid when work is completed in October 2015. — Fodor's

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Ponte Vecchio

Oltrarno 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Gold shops line up on its curvy backside, providing couples on the promenade something to talk about. — Let's Go

Still worth visiting. — Condé Nast Traveler

This charmingly simple bridge was built in 1345 to replace an earlier bridge swept away by flood. Its shops first housed butchers, then grocers, blacksmiths, and other merchants. — Fodor's

There are few better places from which to enjoy river views and sunsets than the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345. — Afar Magazine

The first documentation of a stone bridge here, at the narrowest crossing point along the entire length of the Arno, dates from 972. — Lonely Planet

Giotto's Bell Tower

Duomo 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

What makes this 84m-high (276-ft.) view different are great views of the Baptistery as you ascend, and the best close-up shot in the entire city of Brunelleschi's dome. — Frommer's

Giotto's slender bell tower illustrates the originality of Florentine Gothic and the significance given to horizontal lines and geometric decoration. — Michelin Guide

Begun in 1334 by Giotto, Florence Cathedral’s soaring bell tower rises nearly as high as the cathedral’s dome. — Lonely Planet

At each observation deck, we stopped to catch our breath and to take in the view. As is often the case in life, the higher and harder we climbed, the better the view got. — Afar Magazine

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Palazzo Medici Riccardi

San Lorenzo 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A door off the right of the entrance courtyard leads up a staircase to the Cappella dei Magi, the oldest chapel to survive from a private Florentine palace. — Frommer's

The building's exterior gives little indication as to the splendour which awaits within. — Michelin Guide

The main reason for visiting this solid 15th-century palazzo, built by Michelozzo, and now the city's prefettura, is to see Benozzo Gozzoli's delightful Cappella dei Magi on the first floor. — Concierge

Masaccio and Masolino’s frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel are better known – and very lovely they are too, breathing the simple humanism of the early Renaissance. — The Telegraph

Rooms and courtyards on the ground floor host modern sculpture installations, while the halls upstairs exhibit their own walls and ceilings, all splattered with some pretty cool pictures. — Let's Go

Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Boboli & San Miniato al Monte 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Take in the views from the outside, walk the grounds, and see the old cemetery. Entrance to the church is free, and if you're lucky, you might even hear the monks singing. — Afar Magazine

This church, like the Baptistery, is a fine example of Romanesque architecture and is one of the oldest churches in Florence, dating from the 11th century. — Fodor's

The Hill Promenade offers superb glimpses of the city from the Oltrarno. — Michelin Guide

Five minutes uphill from Piazzale Michelangelo is this wonderful Romanesque church, dedicated to St Minius, an early-Christian martyr in Florence. — Lonely Planet

Built in the 11th century, San Miniato is one of Tuscany's most beautiful Romanesque churches and the oldest still standing in Florence after the Baptistery. — Concierge

Museo di Palazzo Davanzati

Uffizi 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A narrow, three-storied building, embellished by a covered terrace supported by four small columns,. — Michelin Guide

Tucked inside a 14th-century warehouse and residence... this palazzo museum with wonderful central loggia, is a gem. — Lonely Planet

One of the best-preserved 14th-century palaces... dedicated to domestic life in the medieval and Renaissance period. — Frommer's

The prestigious Davanzati family owned this 14th-century palace in one of Florence's swankiest medieval neighborhoods. — Fodor's

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Basilica di Santa Croce

Santa Croce 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Most visitors come to see the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Ghiberti. — Lonely Planet

Michelangelo’s tomb explodes with color and features a painting of the statue he’d intended for his final resting place. Dante’s tomb is just gray, but it holds some inordinately large statues. — Let's Go

The Pazzi Chapel sited at the end of the attached cloister bears witness to the architectural genius of Brunelleschi. — Michelin Guide

Basilica di Santa Croce remains a historical gem that can better help us understand Stendhal, and a testament to the power that devoted artists can have on humanity. — Afar Magazine

It's the 14th-century Giotto frescoes in the Peruzzi and Bardi chapels that most impress. — Condé Nast Traveler

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Palazzo Pitti

Pitti 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Palazzo Pitti is now our portal to Renaissance Florence. It is divided into six sections. — Afar Magazine

The gallery presents primarily Tuscan works, illustrating the various trends in Italian painting and sculpture from the late 18C to the first decades of the 20C — Michelin Guide

The Pitti contains five museums, including one of the best collections of canvases by Raphael in the world. — Frommer's

Buy and book tickets for the Palazzo Pitti museums. — Lonely Planet

This enormous 15th-century palace in Oltrarno... also gives access to the beautifully landscaped Boboli Gardens. — Condé Nast Traveler

Basilica di San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Begun by Brunelleschi in 1420... this was the illustrious family's parish church and place of burial. — Michelin Guide

In 1425 Cosimo the Elder, who lived nearby, commissioned Brunelleschi to rebuild the basilica on this site, which dated to the 4th century. — Lonely Planet

The Medicis' parish church stands on the site of one of the city's oldest places of worship. — Concierge

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Palazzo Strozzi

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Epitomizes the city's fresh art scene. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has quickly become a rival to Palazzo Grassi in Venice. — Concierge

One of the finest examples of domestic architecture of the period anywhere. — Michelin Guide

Host today to some of the city's most exciting blockbuster art exhibitions. — Lonely Planet

Inside this Renaissance palace, which is a work of art in itself, visitors will find temporary exhibitions that cover a variety of time periods and countries. — Afar Magazine

Baptistery of San Giovanni

Duomo 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Baptistery is one of Florence's oldest, most venerated buildings. — Frommer's

Across from the cathedral is Florence's 11th-century Romanesque baptistry, an octagonal striped structure of white-and-green marble. — Lonely Planet

Clad in sombre white marble, this elegant octagonal building (11C) is quintessentially Florentine. — Michelin Guide

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Piazza Santa Croce

Santa Croce 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Gothic interior is vast, with huge, pointed stone arches creating the aisles and an echoing nave trussed with wood beams, in all feeling vaguely barnlike. — Frommer's

Originally outside the city's 12th-century walls, this piazza grew with the Franciscans, who used the large square for public preaching. — Fodor's

Standing in the Piazza Santa Croce, a statue of Dante looms over the square from the corner. — Afar Magazine

This square was initially cleared in the Middle Ages, primarily to allow hordes of the faithful to gather when the church itself was full. — Lonely Planet

One of Florence's oldest and most dignified squares. — Michelin Guide

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