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  • 1. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1296 Arnolfo di Cambio (circa 1245–circa 1310) was commissioned to build "the loftiest, most sumptuous edifice human invention could devise...Read More

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  • 2. Galleria degli Uffizi

    Piazza della Signoria | Museum/Gallery

    The venerable Uffizi Gallery occupies two floors of the U-shape Palazzo degli Uffizi, designed by Giorgio Vasari (1511–74) in 1560 to hold the...Read More

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  • 3. Giardino Bardini

    San Niccolò | Garden

    Garden lovers, those who crave a view, and those who enjoy a nice hike should visit this lovely villa and garden, whose history spans centuries...Read More

  • 4. Mercato Centrale

    San Lorenzo | Market/Bazaar

    Some of the food at this huge, two-story market hall is remarkably exotic. The ground floor contains meat and cheese stalls, as well as some...Read More

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  • 5. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

    Duomo | Museum/Gallery

    A seven-year restoration of this museum and its glorious reopening in October 2015 have given Florence one of its most modern, up-to-date museums...Read More

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  • 6. Santa Croce

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Like the Duomo, this church is Gothic, but, also like the Duomo, its facade dates from the 19th century. As a burial place, the church probably...Read More

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  • 7. American Military Cemetery


    About 8 km (5 miles) south of Florence on the road to Siena is one of two American cemeteries in Italy (the other is in Nettuno). It contains...Read More

  • 8. Anfiteatro Romano


    The beautifully preserved 2,000-seat Anfiteatro Romano, near the Duomo, dates from the 1st century BC and is still used for summer concerts...Read More

  • 9. Badia Fiesolana

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    From the church of San Domenico it's a five-minute walk northwest to the Badia Fiesolana, which was Fiesole's original cathedral. Dating to...Read More

  • 10. Badia Fiorentina

    Bargello | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally endowed by Willa, Marquess of Tuscany, in 978, this ancient church is an interesting mélange of 13th-century, Renaissance, Baroque...Read More

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  • 11. Bargello

    Bargello | Museum/Gallery

    This building started out as the headquarters for the Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People) during the Middle Ages, and was later a prison...Read More

  • 12. Battistero

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The octagonal Baptistery is one of the supreme monuments of the Italian Romanesque style and one of Florence's oldest structures. Local legend...Read More

  • 13. Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana


    Michelangelo the architect was every bit as original as Michelangelo the sculptor. Unlike Brunelleschi (the architect of the Spedale degli Innocenti...Read More

  • 14. Campanile

    Notable Building

    The Gothic bell tower designed by Giotto (circa 1266–1337) is a soaring structure of multicolor marble originally decorated with sculptures...Read More

  • 15. Cappelle Medicee

    San Lorenzo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This magnificent complex includes the Cappella dei Principi, the Medici chapel and mausoleum that was begun in 1605 and kept marble workers...Read More

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  • 16. Casa Buonarroti

    Santa Croce | Museum/Gallery

    If you really enjoy walking in the footsteps of the great genius, you may want to complete the picture by visiting the Buonarroti family home...Read More

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  • 17. Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia

    San Marco | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The frescoes of the refectory of a former Benedictine nunnery were painted in sinewy style by Andrea del Castagno, a follower of Masaccio (1401...Read More

  • 18. Certosa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The incredible Carthusian complex was largely funded in 1342 by the wealthy Florentine banker Niccolò Acciaiuoli, whose guilt at having amassed...Read More

  • 19. Chiostro dello Scalzo

    San Marco | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Often overlooked, this small, peaceful 16th-century cloister was frescoed in grisaille by Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) and Franciabigio with...Read More

  • 20. Cimitero degli Inglesi

    Santa Croce | Cemetery

    Familiarly known as the English Cemetery, this is the final resting place for some 1,400 souls. It was designed in 1828 by Carlo Reishammer...Read More

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