Step Back in Time, and Visit Some of Florence's Historic Locations

With so much to see in Florence, it can take a whole day just to plan which spots you might want to see. Fortunately, all the major sights are located pretty close to one another. So whether you decide to take a rain-soaked day and visit the Bargello, or you want to know the full extent of the Medici family's wealth by stopping by the Pitti Palace.

Of course, it's impossible not to talk a walk across Florence's most famous bridge: the Ponte Vecchio. Not only is Florence a city with some amazingly intact pieces of Renaissance and Medieval history, but it also has traces of the modern world in it, as well. One example of this is the Strozzi Palace, where you can find modern art exhibits and a cafe below. It's a great place to stop when you've seen all the Renaissance artwork you can muster.

Even just walking the streets of Florence can provide you an idea of what things were like at various points in time. One of the best ways to know the city is to simply take a stroll with a gelato in hand--you're sure to stumble on something worth ducking into and taking the time to view.

Palazzo Pitti
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The impressively large Pitti Palace has a little something for everyone. If you want to get a taste of what it was like to live in one of the opulent palaces during the Renaissance, you should think about booking a ticket online for this popular...  Read More



Once a palace and after a prison and barracks, the Bargello now houses some of the city of Florence's extensive art collection. The oldest public building still standing in Florence since the 1200s, it served as a model for the Palazzo Vecchio...  Read More

Ponte Vecchio
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As one of the world's most famous bridges, the Ponte Vecchio has had an interesting history. It takes only a few minutes to walk across, but purchasing a guide to Florence and reading about its place in the city's story is highly recommended....  Read More

Palazzo Medici-Riccardi


Medieval lovers and those interested in Florence's warfare will want to take the walk to Fort Belvedere and the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi on the other side of the Arno. Not only can you gain access to the gardens, but you can also see the massive...  Read More



Combining a café and some of the most unique art exhibits in Italy, the Strozzi Palace is a perfect spot for both the modern art lover and the history buff. There is enough here to make an entire day out of it, so think about stopping and...  Read More

Piazza Santa Croce
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One of Florence's most famous churches, Santa Croce has a lot to offer those interested in art and anyone who might want to pay tribute to some of the city's most famous residents. Michelangelo and Galileo are buried here, and you'll find...  Read More

Historical Center


One of the most important buildings in Florentine history for years, the Palazzo Vecchio was the home and offices of the powerful Medici family. When you choose to tour this opulent palace, you're allowed a look back to times when intrigue was...  Read More

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Placed right in front of the glorious Duomo, the baptistery harkens back to Florence's beginnings--it's rumored to have been the first religious building raised there. You'll find elaborate mosaic work on the ceiling, and the perfect symmetry of...  Read More

Piazza della Signoria
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Just outside the towering Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria offers a free glance into Renaissance Florence. Just by walking through the square, you are surrounded by a whole chapter of Florence's history book. Featuring works by Donatello...  Read More



What trip to Florence would be complete without a tour of the incredible Duomo? A feat of architecture, the genius is in the design. Whether you choose to walk inside the main sanctuary or to get some exercise and climb the actual dome itself,...  Read More


Meet Alexa Schnee

Currently residing in Florence, Alex is a travel writer and author. She is addicted to coffee, reading, and seeing new places. She has been to near fifteen different countries in Europe, all...  More About Alexa