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  • 1. Mercato Centrale

    San Lorenzo

    Some of the food at this huge, two-story market hall is remarkably exotic. The ground floor contains meat and cheese stalls, as well as some...Read More

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  • 2. Basilica di San Lorenzo

    San Lorenzo

    Filippo Brunelleschi designed this basilica, as well as that of Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, in the 15th century. He never lived to see either...Read More

  • 3. Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

    San Lorenzo

    Michelangelo the architect was every bit as original as Michelangelo the sculptor. He was interested in experimentation, invention, and the expression of a personal vision...Read More

  • 4. Cappelle Medicee

    San Lorenzo

    This magnificent complex includes the Cappella dei Principi, the Medici chapel and mausoleum that was begun in 1605 and kept marble workers busy for several...Read More

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  • 5. Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia

    San Marco

    The frescoes in the refectory of a former Benedictine nunnery were painted in sinewy style by Andrea del Castagno, a follower of Masaccio (1401–28). The...Read More

  • 6. Chiostro dello Scalzo

    San Marco

    Often overlooked, this small, peaceful 16th-century cloister was frescoed in grisaille by Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) and Franciabigio with scenes from the life of St....Read More

  • 7. Galleria dell'Accademia

    San Marco

    The collection of Florentine paintings, dating from the 13th to 18th century, is largely unremarkable, but the sculptures by Michelangelo are worth the price of...Read More

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  • 8. Giardino dei Semplici

    San Marco

    Created by Cosimo I in 1550, this delightful garden was designed by favorite Medici architect Niccolò Tribolo. Many of the plants here have been grown...Read More

  • 9. Museo Archeologico

    Santissima Annunziata

    Of the Etruscan, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman antiquities here, the Etruscan collection is particularly notable—one of the most important in Italy (the other being in Turin)....Read More

  • 10. Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure

    San Marco

    Adjacent to this fascinating small museum is an opificio, or workshop, that Ferdinand I established in 1588 to train craftsmen in the art of working...Read More

  • 11. Museo di Casa Martelli

    San Lorenzo

    The wealthy Martelli family, long associated with the all-powerful Medici, lived, from the 16th century, in this palace on a quiet street near the Basilica...Read More

  • 12. Museo di San Marco

    San Lorenzo

    A former Dominican convent adjacent to the church of San Marco houses this museum, which contains many stunning works by Fra Angelico (circa 1400–55), the...Read More

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  • 13. Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

    San Lorenzo

    The main attraction of this palace, begun in 1444 by Michelozzo for Cosimo de' Medici, is the interior chapel, the Cappella dei Magi, on the...Read More

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  • 14. Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi

    Santa Croce

    One of Florence's hidden treasures, a cool and composed Crucifixion by Perugino (circa 1445/50–1523), is in the chapter house of the monastery below this church....Read More

  • 15. Santissima Annunziata

    San Lorenzo

    Dating from the mid-13th century, this church was restructured in 1447 by Michelozzo, who gave it an uncommon (and lovely) entrance cloister with frescoes by...Read More

  • 16. Spedale degli Innocenti

    San Lorenzo

    The building built by Brunelleschi in 1419 to serve as an orphanage takes the historical prize as the very first Renaissance building. Brunelleschi designed its...Read More

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