Florence is truly an intriguing small city that is packed with a lot of wonderful things to see and do and places to eat and drink. You can walk up to anywhere in the center, even if you have children with you. But take a short taxi ride if time and distance require Usually, the beautiful Accademia, the home of the original statue of David made by Michelangelo, and the Boboli Gardens are of the farthest points on the list of a first-time visitor and that distance is just 2 miles or 3 kilometers.
Now let us dive into a list of the best place to stay in Florence, in terms of attractions, markets, restaurants, and shops…
More commonly known as the Duomo, the famous cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the heart of Florence. Its dome made by Brunelleschi and the belfry can be seen from most spots in the city. Streets are often busy with visitors as this is a tourism-central, but is also convenient to famous sights, restaurants, and shops.
- The Duomo and Baptistry are a must-see.
- The Uffizi Gallery is a world-class museum here.
- The picturesque center of the Florentine republic, Piazza Signoria enabled the flourishing of the Renaissance.
- As this is the center, there are many cafes and restaurants found here.
2. San Lorenzo/Mercato Centrale/Accademia
This is a wonderful area that is filled with great sights and shopping hubs.
- The largest outdoor shopping area is just next to the church.
- Accademia museum which houses the original David.
- San Lorenzo Church and Medici Chapels.
- Mercato Centrale is a traditional market and also a food court.
3. Santa Maria Novella/Santa Trinita
A fine area to stay in Florence is from the main train station to the river. It is the central area with easy access to the sights, and great shopping and dining places.
- Santa Maria Novella church with its piazza and art.
- It is a good location for people who are watching from a café table – Piazza Della Repubblica, the grand piazza.
- The center for designer shopping can be found via Tornabuoni, and the beautiful church Santa Trinita and the only baroque church in Florence, San Gaetano, bracket a traffic-free street for a walk.
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4. Ponte Vecchio/Santo Spirito/Oltrarno
This area is known for its art galleries, artisan workshops, and antique furniture. It just has its own unique character. Here, you get to experience the neighborhood life of Florence just as it has been for a millennium.
- In the center, the Piazza Santo Spirito has a morning weekday market for fresh food shopping.
- Ponte Vecchio, the iconic old bridge with multiple shops.
- The Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace offer the beautiful gardens and the family palace of Medici filled with art and history.
5. Santa Croce
An impressive landmark in this area is the basilica of Santa Croce, that is quite interesting as it has a good nightlife and great dining.
- The Basilica of Santa Croce must be on your list of places to visit in Florence. The Gods of Italian Art and Science who are buried here like Michelangelo, Marconi, and Galileo among others are honored by the art, sculptures, and frescoes of the interior.
- The largest piazza in the center of Florence, the Piazza Santa Croce is a nice place to sit, dine, and enjoy city life. It also hosts events from time to time.
- Based just to the east of Santa Croce, Sant’Ambrogio Market is a large farmer’s market and is worth a visit.
So which place have you decided to stay? Let us know in the comments!