This Florence attractions map includes all of the best places to visit. We specifically added the most popular Florence attractions that include religious places, historic sites, plazas, gardens, museums and bridges. Read more about the mapped Florence attractions below the map.
This map is completely downloadable. First, expand it then then select the download option from the three dot menu. If you don’t have access to mobile data when visiting Florence, I also recommend downloading this map and using the offline version of google maps. The attractions in blue include museums, archaeological sites, famous fountains and beautiful squares. Some of the best restaurants in Florence are shown here in green with notes and dollar signs indicating price range and restaurant type. Finally, the best gelaterie are represented by pink dots. Learn how to use this google map while traveling.
- Plazas and Gardens
- Churches and Historic Sites
Some of the most impressive Florence sights are beautiful plazas and gardens. Of all, the three most popular ones are the Piazza della Signoria, the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazzale Michelangelo. Specifically, The Piazza della Signoria was the focal point for the Florentine Republic during medieval times. History here is rich. Yet, this bustling plaza continues to be the political hub of Florence in present day. In the Piazza della Signoria, you’ll find the Palazzo Vecchio or ‘old palace.’ Aslo, there are many replicas of famous statues and the Fountain of Neptune. This plaza is one of the main attractions in Florence.
Another focal attraction, and hot spot for Florence sightseeing, is the The Piazza del Duomo. The Piazza del Duomo is the Florence attraction. It is one of the most visited places in the world! Also, the Piazza del Duomo is where you’ll find the beautiful Florence Cathedral. More on this later. Next, I’ll mention that the Piazzale Michelangelo as it offers remarkable panoramic views of Florence with a backdrop of Tuscany’s soft rolling hills. As seen below.
In addition to the bustling public squares, a few Florence sights offer more tranquility. In particular, there are a few great garden spaces. The main two gardens near the Florence city center are the Boboli Gardens and the Giardino Bardini. The Boboli gardens span a large park complex, and inside them, you’ll find a collection of sculptures that date back to the 16th Century. Near to the Boboli Gardens are the Bardini Gardens. Inside the Bardini Gardens, the city views are also spectacular.
As with many cities, museums are some of the most popular attractions in Florence. The top museums in Florence showcase art. These are some of the top attractions in all of Tuscany. The most popular include the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Palazzo Pitti.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important Italian museums. It is important and impressive because of its collection of priceless works, especially pertaining to the Italian Renaissance. It is one of the most visited museums in Italy. Next, is the Galleria dell’Accademia, or The Gallery of the Academy of Florence. This museum is most famous for being home to Michelangelo’s sculpture David. It offers more of Michelangelo’s works, besides David, as well as large collections of Florentine paintings. Due to the popularity of these museums, it may be worthwhile to book a skip-the-line tour for your visit. Buy your tickets, and book your tours, in advance!
Finally, the Palzzo Pitti, or Pitti Palace, is best known for being purchased and resided in by the Medici Family. Although, many other famous rulers, such as Napoleon, did use it. Now, it boasts title of being the largest museum complex in Florence. It also sits adjacent to the Boboli Gardens previously discussed.
For fashion lovers, I will mention the Museo Gucci, or Gucci Garden. This Italian Gucci boutique has a small but charming museum dedicated to the iconic label.
With Italy’s history and culture heavily intertwined with Roman Catholicism, some of the main attractions in Florence are churches. The most impressive of these Florentine churches is the Florence Cathedral. Situated in the Piazza del Duomo is Florence’s cathedral complex. The cathedral complex includes the world renowned Florence Cathedral, the baptistery and the Giotto’s campanile. The Florence Cathedral is considered the main attraction in all of Tuscany. Its gothic façade is made from intricately carved marble pillars that glimmer radiantly. The church and dome structure took over 200 years to complete! You can book a tour and reserve your spot to climb the Duomo, but make sure to book early.
Other historic churches worth visiting include the Basilica di Santa Croce and the San Miniato al Monte. The Basilica di Santa Croce, or Basilica of the Holy Cross, is a unique Franciscan style church. It is the final resting place for my greats such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiaveli. The San Miniato al Monte, or St. Minias on the Mountain, is another basilica style church. It is also regarded as one of the finest Romanesque Churches in Tuscany.
One more historic Florentine attraction that is not necessarily religious –the Tower/Gate of San Niccolo. This gate is what remains of a defensive wall that circumscribed Florence in the 14th Century.
As the city is situated on the banks of the Arno River, you won’t be surprised to find out that some of the main Florentine attractions are bridges. The most popular bridges in Florence include the Ponte Danta Trinita, the Ponte alle Grazie and the Ponte Vecchio.
The Ponte Vecchio is one of Florence’s main attractions. Atop the bridge, you’ll find popular jewel shops, local musicians and gorgeous sunsets. It is a medieval stone bridge with segmental arches. Fun Fact: the Medici family used secret passages above the shops to traverse the bridge and listen to townspeople gossip.
The Ponte Santa Trinita, or Holy Trinity bridge is in the renaissance style. It holds the title of being the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the whole world. The Ponte alle Grazie, or Bridge to the Graces, was originally constructed in 1227! It was rebuilt in 1345 with 9 arches and is now the longest bridge in Florence. All of these bridges are excellent attractions in Florence as they provide plenty of lovely photo opportunities.
When we visited Florence we took a Renaissance Walking tour, and we really enjoyed it. More Italian tour information discussed here: Should You Book a Tour in Italy? The Answer May not Surprise You.
You may also want to check out Where to Eat in Italy, for more information about how you can locate the best restaurants. We outline a methodology that can be applied to any Italian city, including Florence.
If you think I missed something on this map, please comment below! I’d be happy to add your favorite attractions, restaurants, gelato spots and rooftops!