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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. 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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  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Campanile

    Building/Architectural Site

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

  • 8. Gucci Museo

    Duomo | Museum/Gallery

    This museum has all the class and elegance associated with the Gucci name. Tasteful displays of their famous luggage, shoes, and sporting goods...Read More

  • 9. Mercato Nuovo

    Piazza della Repubblica | Market/Bazaar

    The open-air loggia, built in 1551, teems with souvenir stands, but the real attraction is a copy of Pietro Tacca's bronze Porcellino (which...Read More

  • 10. Museo dei Ragazzi

    Museum/Gallery

    Florence's "Children's Museum" may be the best-kept public access secret in Florence. A series of interactive tours includes "Encounters with...Read More

  • 11. Museo Galileo

    Piazza della Signoria | Museum/Gallery

    Although it tends to be obscured by the glamour of the neighboring Uffizi, this science museum has much to brag about: Galileo's own instruments...Read More

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  • 12. Oratorio dei Buonomini di San Martino

    Bargello | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1441 by Antoninus, Bishop of Florence, to offer alms to the poveri vergognosi (the ashamed poor), this one-room oratory is decorated...Read More

  • 13. Orsanmichele

    Piazza della Repubblica | Historic District/Site

    This multipurpose structure began as an 8th-century oratory and then in 1290 was turned into an open-air loggia for selling grain. Destroyed...Read More

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  • 14. Ospedale Santa Maria Nuova

    San Lorenzo | Hospital–Sight

    Folco Portinari, the father of Dante's Beatrice, founded this sprawling complex in 1288. It was originally a hostel for visiting pilgrims and...Read More

  • 15. Palazzo Davanzati

    Piazza della Repubblica | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The prestigious Davizzi family owned this 14th-century palace in one of Florence's swankiest medieval neighborhoods (it was sold to the Davanzati...Read More

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  • 16. Palazzo Vecchio

    Piazza della Signoria | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Florence's forbidding, fortresslike city hall was begun in 1299, presumably designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, and its massive bulk and towering...Read More

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  • 17. Piazza della Repubblica

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The square marks the site of the ancient forum that was the core of the original Roman settlement. While the street plan around the piazza still...Read More

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  • 18. Piazza della Signoria

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Here, in 1497 and in 1498, the famous "bonfire of the vanities" took place, when the fanatical Dominican friar Savonarola induced his followers...Read More

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  • 19. Ponte Vecchio

    Bridge/Tunnel

    This charmingly simple bridge was built in 1345 to replace an earlier bridge swept away by a flood. Its shops first housed butchers, then grocers...Read More

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  • 20. San Michele Visdomini

    Duomo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Aficionados of 16th-century mannerism should stop in this church, which has a Sacra Conversazione by Jacopo Pontormo (1494–1556). The early...Read More

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