This past week I have been fortunate enough to spend some time in Florence, Italy! Florence is a wonderful city, and only makes me want to go and explore the rest of Italy, too! Make sure to watch my video above for a more real-life view of some of the highlights of the trip! (and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel while you’re at it!) For those of you that prefer a more informational take, some places that I went, and you should definitely fit into your trip to Florence as well!
Basilica di San Lorenzo
This basilica is one of the largest and oldest in Florence, and happens to be the burial site of members of the Medici family, whose house is also on this list. There is a small museum area, which you do need tickets to, but you can also just enter the basilica itself! Make sure to look up at the beautifully painted ceiling while you’re there.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and Baptistery
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main church in Florence, which started to be built in the 1200s but was not completed until the 1400s. The cathedral changed many times over the years, and there is a museum you can visit which holds the original golden doors to the baptistery and many of the original statues which had to be removed. The complex also has the Duomo and Giotto’s Campanile, or the dome and the tower, which you can climb up to the top and see fantastic views of Florence. Fair warning though, it is quite a lot of steps, so if you have small children or mobility issues, you may want to skip out on this part.
The Medici House
The Medici family was a powerful one, creating the Medici Bank, and producing three Popes and two regent queens of France. Their Florence mansion, complete with Clementine trees and many sculptures and other works of art is open to the public and can be visited today.
The Galleria dell’Academia is a must-see in Florence, most notably because it is home to Michelangelo’s David and many of his unfinished sculptures.
Ponte Vecchio is a medieval stone, covered bridge notable for having (mainly jewelry) shops all along it. This is definitely something to go see and walk along!
So these were five of the main things I did in Florence and enjoyed! If you’d like, maybe I can write about some more spots in Florence, or things I wish I had done but didn’t! One tip though, if you are ever unsure of what you want to do next while you are on your trip, take a walk! You’d be surprised what you can happen upon. Have you been to Florence? What was your favorite spot?