What to see in Florence

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Basilica of San Lorenzo

The Basilica di San Lorenzo (Basilica of St Lawrence) is one of the largest churches of Florence, Italy, situated at the centre of the city’s main market district, and the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family from Cosimo...

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Basilica of Santa Croce

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 metres south-east of the...

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Church of Santa Maria Novella and Museum

Santa Maria Novella is a church in Florence, Italy, situated just across from the main railway station which shares its name. Chronologically, it is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the city's principal Dominican church.The church,...

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (English, "Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower") is the main church of Florence, Italy. The cathedral of Florence is built as a basilica, having a wide central nave of four square bays, with an aisle on...

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Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi, ˌɡalleˈria deʎʎi ufˈfittsi) is a museum in Florence, Italy. It is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world.Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo...

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Academy Gallery - Michelangelo's David

The Accademia e Compagnia delle Arti del Disegno, or "academy and company of the arts of drawing", was founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de' Medici under the influence of Giorgio Vasari. It was made up of two parts: the Company was a kind of guild for...

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Boboli's Garden

The Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli) is a park in Florence, Italy, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities.The Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace, the main seat of...

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Bargello National Museum

The Bargello, also known as the Bargello Palace, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, or Palazzo del Popolo (Palace of the People) is a former barracks and prison, now an art museum, in Florence, Italy.The word "bargello" appears to come from the late...

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Palazzo Pitti

The Palazzo Pitti (Italian pronunciation: [paˈlattso ˈpitti]), in English sometimes called the Pitti Palace, is a vast mainly Renaissance palace in Florence, Italy. It is situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the...

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National archeologic museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Italian – Museo archeologico nazionale di Firenze) is an archaeological museum in Florence, Italy. It is located at 1 piazza Santissima Annunziata, in the Palazzo della Crocetta (a palace built in...

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Church of Orsanmichele

Orsanmichele (or "Kitchen Garden of St. Michael", from the contraction in Tuscan dialect of the Italian word orto) is a church in the Italian city of Florence. The building was constructed on the site of the kitchen garden of the monastery of San...

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Church of San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain) is a basilica in Florence, central Italy, standing atop one of the highest points in the city. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most...

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Spedale dei Innocenti

The Ospedale degli Innocenti ('Hospital of the Innocents', also known in old Tuscan dialect as the Spedale degli Innocenti) is a historical building in Florence, central Italy. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, who received the commission in...

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Piazza della Signoria - Fountain of Neptune

Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. It was named after the Palazzo della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio. It is the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine...

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House Museum by Michelangelo Buonarroti

The building was a property owned by (but never occupied by) the sculptor Michelangelo, which he left to his nephew, Lionardo Buonarroti. The house was converted into a museum dedicated to the artist by his great nephew, Michelangelo Buonarroti...

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Galileo Museum of History of Science - Palazzo Castellani

The Museo Galileo (before 2010 known as the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, IMSS, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza) is based in Florence, Italy. It was founded in 1927 by the University of Florence. The museum is located...

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Baptistery of St. John

The Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni), also known as the Baptistry of Saint John, is a religious building in Florence, Italy, and has the status of a minor basilica. The octagonal baptistery stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and...

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Giotto's Bell Tower

Giotto’s Campanile is a free-standing campanile that is part of the complex of buildings that make up Florence Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Italy.Standing adjacent the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry of St....

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Church of Santa Maria del Carmine - Brancacci Chapel

The Brancacci Chapel (in Italian, "Cappella dei Brancacci") is a chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence, central Italy. It is sometimes called the "Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance" for its painting cycle, among the...

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Church of Santo Spirito

The Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito ("St. Mary of the Holy Spirit") is a church in Florence, Italy. Usually referred to simply as Santo Spirito, it is located in the Oltrarno quarter, facing the square with the same name. The building...

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Museum of the Opera of the Cathedral

The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) in Florence, Italy is a museum containing many of the original works of art created for the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral (Duomo) of Florence. As of August...

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Palazzo Vecchio della Signoria - Civic Museum

The Palazzo Vecchio (paˈlattso ˈvɛkkjo "Old Palace") is the town hall of Florence, Italy. This massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria with its...

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Palazzo Medici - Riccardi

The Palazzo Medici, also called the Palazzo Medici Riccardi after the later family that acquired and expanded it, is a Renaissance palace in Florence.The palace was designed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo for Cosimo de' Medici, head of the Medici...

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Basilica of the Most Holy Annunziata

The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata (Basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Florence, Italy, the mother church of the Servite order. It is located at the northeastern side of the Piazza Santissima...

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Medicean Chapels - Chapel of the Princes

The Medici Chapels (Cappelle medicee) are two structures at the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and built as extensions to Brunelleschi's 15th-century church, with the purpose of celebrating the...

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Church of Santa Felicita

Santa Felicita (Church of St Felicity) is a church in Florence, Italy, probably the oldest in the city after San Lorenzo. In the 2nd century, Syrian Greek merchants settled in the area south of the Arno and are thought to have brought...

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Ognissanti Church

The Chiesa di Ognissanti (All-Saints Church) is a Franciscan church in Florence, Italy. Founded by the lay order of the Umiliati, the church was dedicated to all the saints and martyrs, known and unknown. It was completed during the 1250s, but...

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Palazzo Rucellai

Palazzo Rucellai is a palatial 15th-century townhouse on the Via della Vigna Nuova in Florence, Italy. The Rucellai Palace is believed by most scholars to have been designed by Leon Battista Alberti between 1446 and 1451 and executed, at least...

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Basilica of Santa Trinita

Santa Trinita ("Holy Trinity") is a church in central Florence, Italy. It is the mother church of the Vallumbrosan Order of monks, founded in 1092 by a Florentine nobleman. Nearby is the Ponte Santa Trinita over the river Arno.The church is...

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Palazzo Strozzi

The construction of the palace begun in 1489 by Benedetto da Maiano, for Filippo Strozzi the Elder, a rival of the Medici who had returned to the city in November 1466 and desired the most magnificent palace to assert his family's continued...

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Republic square

Piazza della Repubblica (ˈpjattsa dɛlla reˈpubblika, Republic Square) is a city square in Florence, Italy. It is on the site, first of the city's forum and then of the city's old ghetto, which was swept away during the city improvement works or...

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Vasari Corridor

The Vasari Corridor (Corridoio Vasariano) is an elevated enclosed passageway in Florence, central Italy, which connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti. Beginning on the south side of the Palazzo Vecchio, it then joins the Uffizi...

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Cenacle and Church of St. Apollonia

The Last Supper (1445–1450) is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance artist Andrea del Castagno, located in the church of Sant'Apollonia in Florence. It depicts Jesus and the Apostles during the Last Supper, with Judas sitting separately on the...

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Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, Italy, and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The famous view from this observation point...

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Gallery Palatina - Palazzo Pitti

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Badia Fiorentina

The Badia Fiorentina is an abbey and church now home to the Fraternity of Jerusalem situated on the Via del Proconsolo in the centre of Florence, Italy. Dante supposedly grew up across the street in what is now called the 'Casa di Dante', rebuilt...

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Natural History Museum - Zoology Section - The Specola

Museum of Zoology and Natural History, best known as La Specola, is a museum in Florence, central Italy, located next to the Pitti Palace. The name Specola means observatory, a reference to the astronomical observatory founded there in 1790. It...

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Synagogue - Temple of the Greater Israelites

The Great Synagogue of Florence or Tempio Maggiore is a notable synagogue in Florence.The synagogue was built between 1874 and 1882, thanks to a large donation made by David Levi, a member of the local Jewish community. His legacy was to build a...

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St. Mark's Church

San Marco is the name of a religious complex in Florence, Italy. It comprises a church and a convent. The convent, which is now a museum, has three claims to fame. During the 15th century it was home to two famous Dominicans, the painter Fra...

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Palazzo Davanzati

Palazzo Davanzati houses the Museum of the Old Florentine House.It was erected in the second half of the 14th century by the Davizzi family, who were wealthy members of the wool guild. In 1516 it was sold to the Bartolini and, later that century,...