Billy and I stayed in Florence for 4 days and spent 2 of them exploring the city. You can read about the other 2 days here and here. We stayed at the Relais Piazza Signoria, which is an apartment within walking distance to many of the major historic treasures. We had a pleasant experience and we would definitely stay there again! The variety of art, architecture, and landscape in Florence is truly amazing. I had a tough time narrowing down the pictures to share in this post so I hope you enjoy my selections below!
Piazza della Signoria – where our apartment was located, right around the corner from the Uffizi!
The Florence Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) – Entrance to the cathedral itself is free, but we purchased the museum pass for 15€. This allowed us to visit all the monuments in the cathedral complex, which include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, and the Opera Museum.
Inside Brunelleschi’s Dome is a 3,600 square meter painting depicting scenes from The Last Judgment painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, one of the biggest in the world. With the museum pass, you can climb up 463 steps in the dome to see the frescoes up close.
You can continue climbing the dome to the top of the cupola to get an impressive view of the city. The stairs can get a bit steep and narrow at places. You will probably have to stop to let people pass at times so keep that in mind if you don’t like stairs or crowded dark spaces.
View from the top of the cupola.
Pasta with pesto at one of the restaurants by our hotel.
A glass of chianti at Spumantino, a wine bar by the Ponte Vecchio.
The best hot chocolate ever from Venchi. It is pretty much liquid chocolate.
Piazzale degli Uffizi – the courtyard between the two wings at the Uffizi Gallery.
The East Corridor.
One thing I learned in Italy was the importance of looking up because there was almost certain to be a painting over head. This is one of my favorite ceiling frescoes at the Uffizi, painted by Alessandro Allori and his team of painters.
The Tribuna – an octagonal room dress in red velvet commissioned by Francesco I de’Medici to display his most precious art and antiquities.
The rooftop terrace at the cafeteria of the Uffizi.
In addition Brunelleschi’s Dome, you can also climb 414 steps to the top of the bell tower. These steps are tight and narrow also, but didn’t seem as bad because they are broken up into sections where you will definitely stop to take pictures of the dome.
We split the dome and bell tower into two different days, which worked out because the weather the second day was gorgeous!
View of the dome from the bell tower.
The Florence Baptistry (Battistero di San Giovanni).
The mosaic ceiling inside the Baptistry.
Michelangelo’s David inside the Galleria dell’Accademia. The giant piece of marble (The statue is 17 feet) was originally acquired from a mountain range in Tuscany for a different project, but eventually awarded to Michelangelo. It’s always incredible to see art you learn about growing up in person!
The Museum of Musical Instruments at the Galleria dell’Accademia detailing the relationship between music and the Medici family.
The Ponte Vecchio from the Ponte Santa Trinita.