First Time in Florence and Five Sights You Cannot Miss

OK so you have landed at Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci international airport or perhaps reached Florence by train at the city’s main Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. Now what? What are the sights that you absolutely cannot and should not miss? This post will provide you with some visually delectable insights!


Remember that Florence is steeped in history and what better way to discover the historical magic of the city than to take a peek at its museums? There are so many anyway and that is the reason we have clubbed them together as a single must visit sight in the city.

In our opinion, your first stop should ideally be Galleria degli Uffizi on Piazzale degli Uffizi. Here you will discover exquisite Renaissance paintings including The Birth of Venus by Sandro Boticelli, among many other exclusive works of art.

For more Renaissance as well as Mannerist creations, your next stop could be Bargello or The National Museu of Bargello on Via de Proconsolo 4, where you can lay your sights on a plethora of artistic creations from Ammannati, Desiderio da Settignano, Antonio Rossellino, Donatello and of course Michelangelo himself.

Given the fact that there are so many museums in Florence, you could then head to Accademia Gallery on Via Ricasoli where you will be visually treated to Michelangelo’s David (who would want to miss seeing that anyway?).

Fashionistas would love visiting Gucci Museum where you can enjoy an eclectic collection of ensemble fashion creations by the Italian fashion giant, Gucci, which was founded in the city.

Palazzo Vecchio

The Palazzo Vecchio is a beautiful palace in the old town of Florence which should certainly be very high on the priority list of all visitors to the city. A major draw is the replica of Michelangelo’s David placed right outside the main door of the palace, where the original statue (now housed within Accademia Gallery as mentioned above) was situated.

Piazza Signoria

Piazza Signoria is a very active market square in Florence which scores not only for the abundance of shops and cafes around it but also for the plentiful statues within it including the “fake David”. Here you will particularly relish seeing the beautiful Florence Town Hall also referred to as Palazzo Vecchio.

Boboli Gardens

Situated right behind the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens, along with the Bardini Gardens offer exquisite landscapes which are a visual treat in themselves along with great views of the entire city.

Santa Croce

Santa Croce is a church which has the monumental tombs of Machiavelli, Dante, Michelangelo and Galileo within it which by itself make it an absolute must visit, besides the exquisite artwork that the church is adorned with.


Florence has a plethora of sights which you simply would not want to miss while you are in Florence for the first time. The above are only a representative sample of what we feel are some of the most attractive sights.

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