Things to do in Florence

You’d be mad to come away from Florence without some handcrafted leather – be it a wallet, handbag or belt. Here, you’ll find some of the world’s finest leather crafters. Head to the San Lorenzo street market for cheaper items or splurge at one of the high-quality boutiques. At Scuola del Cuoio in Piazza di Santa Croce, you can visit the workshop and watch an artisan monogram your fine leather purchase in gold- or silverleaf.

After you’ve admired the artworks of the Renaissance greats, make time to pay your respects and visit some of Florence’s famous graves. It’s a little morbid but equally just as historically fascinating, the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo himself can be found inside the Santa Croce church.

Make sure you get your token tourist shot of the terracotta-hued Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) - and a pair of those ‘David statue crotch-shot’ boxer shorts while you’re there. Either way, the view looking down over the city from Michelangelo Square is postcard perfect. Those who make their way up the hill by foot will have the pleasure of wandering through the Oltrarno neighbourhood, a beautiful quarter with a strong working-class history where many artisans live and loads of antique shops can be stumbled upon.

Another must-do - get your protein. Sure the Argentines are famed for their cuts of beef, but in Florence it’s all about the Florentine steak. This hefty cut of beef comes by the kilo and will have you feeling very ‘Man v. Food’ if you manage to finish it. Wash it all down with a local Tuscan wine and your perfect Florentine meal is complete. Arrive for dinner between 7pm and 9pm, and you can have your antipasti and eat it too – happy hour in Florence also includes your pick of complementary olives, cheese and cured meats – cheers to that!

For more of our fave things to see and do in Florence, read on.

Statue of David

One of Michelangelo’s many artistic achievements, ‘David’, hewn of marble and resplendent in all his naked glory in Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, is one of the world’s most famous nudes.

Uffizi Gallery

One of the world’s most famous art museums, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery is stunning inside and out with an amazing façade and a stellar showcase of Renaissance works and more within its walls.

Ponte Vecchio

The famous Ponte Vecchio is also the oldest bridge in Florence that has graced numerous postcards and tourist shots and remains one of the best spots to admire the sun set over the Arno River.

Florence Cathedral (Duomo)

Call it Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or simply Duomo, this church otherwise known as the Florence Cathedral dates back to 1296 and is famous for its remarkable marble dome that was completed in the 15th century.

Piazza Santo Spiritu

Piazza Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno quarter is where the Florentines come to escape the tourist hoards and the hustle and bustle of city life.

Mercato Centrale

Commonly known as Mercato Centrale, Florence’s Central Market’s cast-iron roof shelters hundreds of vendors celebrating local Tuscan cuisine and ingredients.