Benvenuti a Firenze! One of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world, Florence offers hundreds of things to do. You can tour the Uffizi Gallery or Galleria dell’Accademia, walk to the top of the Florence Cathedral’s Duomo, or shop until you drop at the Gucci Garden. But even for those that have been there time and time again, Florence is filled with alluring ways to spend your day. Here are 3 off-the-beaten-path things to do in the beautiful City of Lilies.

Museo di Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
There are beautiful views of Florence in many locations – from the top of the Duomo to Piazzale Michelangelo. But a great place to experience Florentine art while enjoying the view of the city is the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio. This breathtaking museum was originally built for the city’s governing body. It houses Renaissance artwork by artists including Michelangelo and Donatello because it was lived in by part of the Medici family during the 1500s. After experiencing the art of the Renaissance, make sure pay the extra 10 euro to climb the 416 steps to the top of the tower. This view may very well be the most breathtaking view of Florence.

Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio
Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti
Decidedly less for tourists and more for locals, this smaller food market offers a intimate taste of Florentine life as you mix with locals picking up produce and fresh pasta. Filled with stalls both indoors and outdoors selling everything from cheeses, bread and honey to soaps and household goods, it’s a colorful alternative to the larger and more popular San Lorenzo markets. De Rocco, the trattoria inside, makes a great spot for an inexpensive lunch.

I Tarocchi Ristorante Pizzeria
Renai 12-14/r
This modest restaurant is home to some of Florence’s most delicious food. Open from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch and 7 p.m. to midnight for dinner, I Tarocchi serves authentic Italian food. On a typical day in this local favorite, you may be the only tourist in the restaurant. Make sure to try the fagottini di pere alla crema, a tortellini-like pasta dish stuffed with pear. This sweet and buttery dish is the perfect meal after a long day in the city. Other classics include the warm and delicious calzones and pizzas.
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