The Perfect Walking Guide To Florence, Italy

Street Scene in Florence| ©bongs Lee/Flickr
Street Scene in Florence| ©bongs Lee/Flickr
Photo of Francesca Masotti
29 August 2017

Florence is arguably one of the most amazing cities in the world, and the perfect way to visit it is by walking down its narrow streets and discover its magnificent medieval architecture, cool neighborhoods and lovely green spots.

A. Piazzale Michelangelo

You can begin your walk in the most famous Italian belvedere, Piazzale Michelangelo. From the top of this big square, you can admire one of the most spectacular panorama you will see in your life. This is the perfect spot to see (from the top) the beauty of Florence and the most spectacular buildings that make the city one of the greatest destination in the world – and take amazing pictures, of course.

B. Bardini Garden

From Piazzale Michelangelo, walk down to the Arno River and reach the neighborhood of San Niccolò. This is one of the coolest areas of Florence, full of pubs and bars frequented mostly by locals. In this neighborhood there is the Bardini Garden, less famous and smaller than Boboli, but magnificent. The garden, which is a lovely spot to enjoy a beautiful time in the city, hosts many flowers and trees, included a big area of lovely wisteria that every Spring explodes and colors everything.

Bardini Garden | ©g.sighele/Flickr

C. Ponte Vecchio

No trip in Florence is complete without a walk through Ponte Vecchio. This is the oldest bridge of the city, the only one which survived during the bombs of World War II, and now it is home to some of the most expensive and elegant jewels of Italy. If you don’t to actually shop here, you can always stop in to take a look.

D. Santa Croce

Be sure to continue to the Santa Croce neighborhood for a free glimpse at one of the most spectacular buildings of the town, the Basilica of Santa Croce. A visit inside is a must too, because in the church are buried many of the most influential men of all the times, such as popes, artists, writers and painters. There is an entrance fee to enter.

Basilica of Santa Croce | ©Gryffindor/WikiCommons

E. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

It’s time for a climb: Reach the top of the dome of the Cathedral of Florence for breathtaking views over the city. The climb is tough (463 steps in total), and if you are claustrophobic, it could be really hard. The vistas from the top are well worth the effort.

Florence's Cathedral | ©Jebulon/WikiCommons

F. Central Market

After the climb, you really deserve a rest. The best place to do that is the Central Market in San Lorenzo neighborhood, only three minutes walk from the cathedral. This is the main market of Florence where locals come to buy food, but it is also a good spot for a quick breakfast or lunch. A large selection of bars and restaurants is located in the first floor of the market.

G. Santa Maria Novella

This church is still underrated from the tourists simply because it is near the central station, and many don’t even know it exists. But Santa Maria Novella’s Basilica is one of the oldest churches of Florence and has a fabulous façade and a beautiful cloister. It holds also extraordinary works of art, including Masaccio’s Trinità, Giotto’s crucifix and a fresco of Ghirlandaio.

H. Repubblica Square

Piazza della Repubblica, the main square of Florence, is the central point of the city. The ancient Romans used this place to calculate the distances of the town. Every tourist will cross this square during his or her tour of Florence, so you will not miss it. This big square is surrounded by the most famous and elegant cafés of the town and is the perfect spot to sip an espresso before continue your visits around the city.

I. Santo Spirito Neighborhood

It’s time to cross the river Arno and stroll in the narrow streets of Oltrarno, the coolest neighborhood of the town. This area is full of boutiques, bars, restaurants, designers shops and nice squares mostly frequented by locals. The main one is Santo Spirito, a beautiful square with a big fountain, perfect to spend the summer nights in town drinking a fresh cocktail at one of the local bars.

J. Boboli Garden & Palazzo Pitti

There is no better way to end the walking tour of Florence than with a visit of Boboli Garden. This big garden is hidden behind the magnificent Palazzo Pitti, the former residence of Medici family, and is one of the most famous gardens of the world. It’s like an open-air museum with statues, fountains, caves and natural labyrinths that will keep you occupied for hours. For those who want to visit a real museum, there is a plenty of options: Palazzo Pitti, indeed, includes seven museums, but the most important is, no doubt, the Galleria del Costume, a fashion art gallery which explains the history of fashion in Florencev– the city where Made in Italy was born.

Boboli Garden & Palazzo Pitti | ©Stefan Bauer/WikiCommons

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