Flawless Florence Guide

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Advisor - Jennifer Schwartz
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Jennifer Schwartz

  • Arts & Culture

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Italy

  • Florence

  • Local Food

  • Local Culture

  • Shopping

The views over the rooftops and Duomo of Florence.
Curator’s statement

Every time I go back to Florence, I’m reminded that this city remains, and will forever remain, flawless. Brunelleschi’s Dome will take your breath away and Michelangelo’s David will make your heart skip a beat. Florence is constantly changing, with its gorgeous hotels and boutiques and a great bar scene, hidden behind those Renaissance masterpieces untouched by time.

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Where to stay in Florence

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Things to do in Florence

Gelato in Florence.

Uffizi Gallery - Notable art museum focusing on the Italian Renaissance period and home to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.

Ponte Vecchio - Medieval closed arch bridge over the Arno River, totally crowded with jewelry, art, and souvenir shops lining both sides.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - One of the most iconic churches in the world, with the iconic dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.

Galleria dell’Accademia & David of Michelangelo - Michelangelo’s masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture is housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Palazzo Vecchio - A worthwhile visit, the town hall houses Roman ruins, a fortress and a labyrinth of Renaissance chambers.

The Boboli Gardens - Gorgeous formal Renaissance gardens, a bit outside of the city center.

Stop in at Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, which can trace its roots back to 1221, for perfumes and skincare.

Places to eat & drink in Florence

A table set for dinner near the Duomo in Florence.

La Giostra - Always a top recommendation for where to eat in Florence, but this family run restaurant does live up to its reputation.

Locale - Top restaurant with innovative dining and cocktails.

Trattoria Sabatino - Casual family run trattoria.

Harry’s Bar - Great for cocktails.

Procacci - Historic wine bar, with truffles.

Caffe Gilli - Iconic pastry shop.

Sbrino - Gelato, need I say more?

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Guide to Picturesque Picnics in and around Rome.

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