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  • 1. 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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  • 2. Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

    Library/Archive

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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Galleria dell'Accademia

    San Marco | Museum/Gallery

    The collection of Florentine paintings, dating from the 13th to 18th century, is largely unremarkable, but the sculptures by Michelangelo are...Read More

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  • 7. Giardino dei Semplici

    San Marco | Garden/Arboretum

    Created by Cosimo I in 1550, this delightful garden was designed by favorite Medici architect Niccolò Tribolo. Many of the plants here have...Read More

  • 8. Museo Archeologico

    Santissima Annunziata | Museum/Gallery

    Of the Etruscan, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman antiquities here, the Etruscan collection is particularly notable—one of the most important in Italy...Read More

  • 9. Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure

    San Marco | Museum/Gallery

    Adjacent to this fascinating small museum is an opificio, or workshop, that Ferdinand I established in 1588 to train craftsmen in the art...Read More

  • 10. Museo di Casa Martelli

    San Lorenzo | Museum/Gallery

    The wealthy Martelli family, long associated with the all-powerful Medici, lived, from the 16th century, in this palace on a quiet street near...Read More

  • 11. Museo di San Marco

    Museum/Gallery

    A Dominican convent adjacent to the church of San Marco now houses this museum, which contains many stunning works by Fra Angelico (circa 1400...Read More

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  • 12. Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

    San Lorenzo | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The main attraction of this palace, begun in 1444 by Michelozzo for Cosimo de' Medici, is the interior chapel, the so-called Cappella dei Magi...Read More

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  • 13. San Lorenzo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Filippo Brunelleschi designed this basilica, as well as that of Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, in the 15th century. He never lived to see either...Read More

  • 14. Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi

    Santa Croce | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Florence's hidden treasures, a cool and composed Crucifixion by Perugino (circa 1445/50–1523), is in the chapter house of the monastery...Read More

  • 15. Santissima Annunziata

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dating from the mid-13th century, this church was restructured in 1447 by Michelozzo, who gave it an uncommon (and lovely) entrance cloister...Read More

  • 16. Spedale degli Innocenti

    Museum/Gallery

    The building built by Brunelleschi in 1419 to serve as an orphanage takes the historical prize as the very first Renaissance building. Brunelleschi...Read More

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