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Cappella Medicea
See + Do Cappella Medicea, Florence

Attached to the church of San Lorenzo, this complex of three rooms is the final resting place of Medicis great and small. Minor family members were relegated to... more

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See + Do Cappella Brancacci, Florence

The Brancacci Chapel, inside the Oltrarno Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, is where the Renaissance started. Commissioned by a local silk merchant, the fresco... more

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See + Do Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

The Bargello occupies a rather forbidding building that was once the city jail; the romantic Gothic courtyard was the site of the gallows and chopping block.... more

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See + Do Museo di San Marco, Florence

A testament to the work of painter–monk Fra Angelico, this museum is housed in the Dominican convent of San Marco. Fra Angelico was arguably the most... more

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Giardino di Boboli
See + Do Giardino di Boboli, Florence

The only park in the center of Florence, the Boboli Gardens (behind Palazzo Pitti) provides a green oasis in the midst of the city's dense Renaissance... more

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Galleria dell' Accademia
See + Do Galleria dell' Accademia, Florence

The vast majority of the people in the mile-long line outside this former art school are here for one reason only: to ogle what is probably the most famous nude... more

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Galleria degli Uffizi
See + Do Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The greatest collection of Renaissance painting in the world is housed in the former administrative offices of Cosimo de' Medici's court, a 16th-century... more

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Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore)
See + Do Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore), Florence

Florence's massive green and white cathedral and its wedding cake facade dominates the center of the city. Building began in the 1290s under the direction of... more

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Eating Vestri, Florence

For a great selection of handmade chocolates in intense, unusual flavors, come to Vestri, located just north of Piazza Santa Croce. Based in Arezzo, Vestri... more

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Eating Trattoria Ruggero, Florence

Outside the city center, near Porta Romana, is one of the best trattorias in Florence, a must-try if you're in the area. It's a great value for the money, and... more

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Eating Trattoria Mario, Florence

Trattoria Mario, behind the San Lorenzo market, caters to students, market workers, and other regulars, who stand outside waiting for a place at one of the tiny... more

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Eating Oliviero, Florence

On a small side street in the center of town, Oliviero drips old-fashioned glamour, with its red velvet banquettes and white-gloved waiters—so it's not... more

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Eating Olio & Convivium, Florence

The Oltrarno district, Florence's version of the Left Bank, is home to this restaurant that doubles as a gastronomic emporium, serving creative Tuscan cooking... more

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Eating Nerbone and Other Tripe Stalls, Florence

Say "Florence," and Michelangelo and Dante are apt to spring to mind; one's thoughts are less likely to turn to tripe. Yet the bovine stomach, and more... more

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Eating Le Volpi e l'Uva, Florence

One of the city's best wine bars, "The Foxes and the Grapes" is a delightful bottle-lined cubbyhole on a secluded piazza just off the heavily touristed Ponte... more

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Eating La Giostra, Florence

Sure, this place gives itself airs that are not quite justified by the quality of the food—or the prices. But you've got to eat in La Giostra, north of... more

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Eating Filipepe, Florence

It takes a while to soak in this new Oltrarno contemporary bistro—especially if you come early, when service and atmosphere are both getting up to speed.... more

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Eating Cibrèo, Florence

Nearly three decades after it first shook up the city's sluggish dining scene, Cibrèo, near Santa Croce, still ranks as one of Florence's top culinary... more

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Eating Carabé, Florence

The best gelato in Florence—and yes, that includes the much more famous Vivoli—comes from this gelateria not far from the Duomo, which quickly... more

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Eating Cantinetta da Verrazzano, Florence

This central bakery just south of the Duomo sells Florentine breads, torte, and biscotti up front and features a bar-caffè in back. With its... more

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Beccofino, Florence

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Eating Alle Murate, Florence

Since its move in 2005 to the 14th-century Palazzo dell'Arte dei Giudici e Notai, next to the Duomo, Alle Murate has been as much a museum as a restaurant.... more

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Eating Il Latini, Florence

Some places never change. This classic, evergreen family restaurant near the Duomo is one of them. Everyone queues in the same democratic spirit (no bookings... more

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