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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“The Uffizi Gallery is a prominent art museum located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence in the region of Tuscany, Italy. One of the most important Italian museums and the most visited, it is also one of the largest and best known in the world and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. After the ruling house of Medici died out, their art collections were gifted to the city of Florence under the famous Patto di famiglia negotiated by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heiress. The Uffizi is one of the first modern museums. The gallery had been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public, formally becoming a museum in 1865. Today, the Uffizi is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence and one of the most visited art museums in the world.”
  • 374 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“The Boboli Gardens (Italian: Giardino di Boboli) is a historical park of the city of Florence that was opened to the public in 1766. Originally designed for the Medici, it represents one of the first and most important examples of the "Italian Garden", which later served as inspiration for many European courts. The large green area is a real open-air museum with statues of various styles and periods, ancient and Renaissance that are distributed throughout the garden. It also has large fountains and caves, among them the splendid Buontalenti grotto built by the artist, architect and sculptor Bernardo Buontalenti between 1536 and 1608 ”
  • 356 locals recommend
Plaza
“Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a square with a panoramic view of Florence, Italy, located in the Oltrarno district of the city.”
  • 373 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Academy was built in the 1784 when the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo reorganized the Academy of the Arts of Design, founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de'Medici, in the modern Academy of Fine Arts. The new institution occupied the rooms of the fourteenth century of San Matteo Hospital and those of the convent of San Niccolò di Cafaggio. The museum was enriched with the suppression of churches and convents ordered by Pietro Leopoldo in 1786 and by Napoleone Bonaparte in 1810. The decisive event in the history of the museum was the transfer of Michelangelo's David from Piazza della Signoria in August 1873. The most famous sculpture in the world waited nine years, kept in a wooden case, the conclusion of the construction of the Tribune designed by the architect Emilio De Fabris to welcome it. Today's Academy Gallery was established in 1882.”
  • 246 locals recommend
Church
“Most impressive from the outside. Inside can be disappointing. If you want to climb the dome we recommend booking in advance. Don't miss the baptistry. ”
  • 211 locals recommend
Bridge
“Ponte Vecchio is the one symbols of the city and the one of the most famous bridge in the world”
  • 218 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Purchased in 1550 by Cosimo I de Medici and by his wife Eleonora of Toledo to transform it into the new grand-ducal residence, Palazzo Pitti soon became the symbol of the consolidated power of the Medici over Tuscany. Palace of two other dynasties, the Habsburg-Lorraine (successors of the Medici from 1737) and of the Savoys, who inhabited it as royal of Italy since 1865, Palazzo Pitti still bears the name of its first owner, the Florentine banker Luca Pitti, who in the mid-fifteenth century wanted to build it - perhaps designed by Brunelleschi - beyond the Arno, at the foot of the Boboli hill.”
  • 158 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“A must in Florence: local food market in the mornings on ground floor and a place to eat, drink, hang around all day”
  • 167 locals recommend
City Hall
“Florence's town hall is a very special one. Once the home of the Medici family, it's located right next to the Uffizi gallery and for this reason way too many people skip it :( From the quotes from Dante's Inferno engraved in the courtyard to the delicate 'grottesche' paintings on the ceilings, there are so many cool things to find in this ancient building that remains at the heart of Florence's political scene. Did you know there's even a secret passage in the maps room? I won't tell you where it is... but if you look close I'm sure you can find it!”
  • 125 locals recommend
Plaza
“wonderful square with original statue outside. also the Palazzo Vecchio is located in this square.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Park
“The Parco delle Cascine (Cascine Park) is a monumental and historical park in the city of Florence. The park covers an area of 160 hectares (395 acres). It has the shape of a long and narrow stripe, on the north bank of the Arno river. It extends from the centre of Florence until the point where the Mugnone flows into the Arno.”
  • 206 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“As one of the most review places in the world, Antico Vinaio is a typical “Panini” place where for just 5€ you can have the opportunity to taste a massive Florentine style sandwhich with product from the Tuscan hills”
  • 152 locals recommend
Boutique
“This is the most famous shopping street in Florence and houses many of the top fashion designers. Note that this spot is mainly for luxury shopping but is definitely worth a visit.”
  • 107 locals recommend
Church
“The Basilica of Santa Croce in the square of the same name in Florence, is one of the largest Franciscan churches and one of the greatest achievements of Gothic in Italy, and has the rank of minor basilica. Santa Croce is a prestigious symbol of Florence, the meeting place of the greatest artists, theologians, religious, writers, humanists and politicians, who determined, in good and bad times, the identity of the late medieval and Renaissance city. Inside, they also hosted famous figures from the history of the Church such as Saint Bonaventura, Pietro di Giovanni Olivi, Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Bernardino of Siena, Saint Louis of Anjou. It was also a place of welcome for popes such as Sixtus IV, Eugene IV, Leo X, Clement XIV.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Downstairs the everyday food market; upstairs the open restaurant with a wide choice of foods: pizza, beef-steak, lampredotto and trippa (typical florentine foods), pasta, fish, vegetarian... and more others. ”
  • 184 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Beautiful church where some of Florence's most famous people were buried: Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, etc. ”
  • 104 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sandwich Place
“As one of the most review places in the world, Antico Vinaio is a typical “Panini” place where for just 5€ you can have the opportunity to taste a massive Florentine style sandwhich with product from the Tuscan hills”
  • 152 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
“Gelato is something else here , a lot of gelato places in town but this one is number 1 no doubt ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“With great authentic food with a modern twist, fine atmosphere, wide selection of wines and good value this is one of our favorites. It’s always busy so make sure you reserve a table. You can have a glass of wine and a small plate at the informal “Santino” next door, while you wait for your table.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“If you want to taste the real t-bone steak..you cannot miss a dinner at Latini. Reservation may be needed.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“This place is a bit far from the city center, however it has the beast steak in whole Florence.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Huge place, with many rooms. Excellent quality of food and wines. They are well organized and fast. The panna cotta is amazing”
  • 55 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“One great trattoria with delicious local food at a reasonable price located in one of the best area of the center: the Oltrarno.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“delicious Pizza for just 10 Euro !!! including a Drink.. staff is so nice!!”
  • 51 locals recommend

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