Florence: Places to Explore

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  • The Duomo to the Ponte Vecchio

    The heart of Florence, stretching from the Piazza del Duomo south to the Arno, is dense with artistic treasures. The churches, medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, and world-class museums and galleries... Read more

  • Fiesole: A Side Trip from Florence

    A half-day excursion to Fiesole, in the hills 8 km (5 miles) above Florence, gives you a pleasant respite from museums and a wonderful view of the city. From here the view of the Duomo, with Brunelleschi's... Read more

  • The Oltrarno

    A walk through the Oltrarno (literally "the other side of the Arno") takes in two different aspects of Florence: the splendor of the Medici, manifest in the riches of the mammoth Palazzo Pitti and the... Read more

  • San Lorenzo and Beyond

    A sculptor, painter, architect, and a poet, Florentine native son Michelangelo was a consummate genius, and some of his finest creations remain in his hometown. A key to understanding Michelangelo's genius... Read more

  • Santa Croce

    The Santa Croce quarter, on the southeast fringe of the historic center, was built up in the Middle Ages outside the second set of medieval city walls. The centerpiece of the neighborhood was the basilica... Read more

  • Santa Maria Novella to the Arno

    Piazza Santa Maria Novella, near the train station, has been restored to its former glory. The streets in and around the piazza have their share of architectural treasures, including some of Florence's... Read more

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