Instagram-Worthy Places in Florence
Firenze, Toscana
experience
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
When you get into the building, head straight for the statue of David by heading left through a door, and past more statues – the other works in here are utterly beautiful, but the sooner you get to David the better, especially if you were one of the first in the queue. With a bit of luck, you’ll have the area relatively free of people in order for you to get a truly stunning shot of the city’s most famous work of art.
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Firenze, Toscana
outdoors
Giardino delle rose
Yes, you can frolic among the roses to your heart’s content, especially if you’re visiting in the spring or summer months. But there’s still enough here in the winter and autumn to make it worth a visit, giving it the flexibility required to make this list of the most instagrammable places in Florence. Check out the garden’s many sculptures, which were donated to the space by the widow of a Belgian artist, Jean-Michel Folon, or the Japanese garden, with plants donated by Florence’s twinned city of Kyoto.
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Firenze, Toscana
destination • experience
Piazza della Repubblica
Firstly, this was the centre of the ancient city of Florence, back in the days when togas were your only fashion option (all the best Roman influencers had one, darling). The column in the piazza marks the heart of the city, the very centre point of the ancient settlement, and it’s instantly photographic. Secondly, there’s a lot going on in the square, even if it might be partially scaffolded. There’s usually a lovely carousel plying its trade; perfect for a shot of you enjoying it, or just standing in front of it! And thirdly, if you’re here at the right time, the sun goes down directly behind the building at the top of the piazza. Capture some absolutely beautiful photos, with the last rays of sunlight streaming out!
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Firenze, Toscana
experience
Piazza del Duomo
If you’ve seen one Instagram photo of Florence, it’s probably from the Piazza del Duomo: as the center of Florence’s tourism world and home to the Duomo, the baptistery, and several museums, no hunt for instagrammable spots in Florence would be complete without plenty of shots here.
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Firenze, Toscana
destination
Ponte Vecchio
The amazingly intricate "old bridge" provides a remarkable view of both the Arno River and the hills that lead to San Miniato. Full of gold shops and crawling with tourists, the Ponte Vecchio is a very popular photo attraction for those visiting Florence. Pro-tip: The best view of the Ponte Vecchio is from the Ponte Trinita, go during the day and at night for two different photo opportunities!
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Firenze, Toscana
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Giotto's Bell Tower
if you come at night, the cathedral and the bell tower are both bathed in floodlights which are at just the right level of illumination, making them visible without appearing stark. Go right underneath the bell tower and look up, and you’ll have a picture-perfect shot of the tower stretching into the inky night.
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Firenze, Toscana
destination • experience
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
The Basilica is one of the city’s most prestigious resting places, and you’ll find some giants of Italian history getting their eternal rest in the building, which is well worth visiting. Pay your respects to the artistic genius of Michelanglelo, the scientific wonder that is Galileo, or the dodgy scheming of Machiavelli. They’re all here, and each they had a massive impact on the city you’re enjoying. I’m sure I don’t need to say it, but be respectful if you’re taking photos inside the church, especially at the tombs.
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Firenze, Toscana
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Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo is your quintessential Florence photo – far enough from the city centre that you can fit all the skyline into a shot, close enough to still have detail, and elevated enough to get that awesome photo that’ll have all your followers swooning. And if you’re looking for a place to capture the best sunset in Florence, this really is the spot. The light streams down beautifully, and the buildings glow in the sunset’s light.
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Firenze, Toscana
experience
Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte
Standing atop one of the highest hills in Florence, this church gives an elevated look at the city as a whole. The views are beautiful, and so is the church itself! Snap a photo of the church or its interior in addition to the views from the hill. Choose wisely which photo to post…
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Firenze, Toscana
experience
Pitti Palace
This isn’t one of those places where there’s only one good spot for your Instagram photos, and there’s a massive queue of people waiting to have their two seconds (only to have their loved one / friend accidentally put their thumb over the lens. You know it’s going to happen, right?). The Palazzo Pitti is huge, and there’s a whole raft of options which are equally awesome.
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Firenze, Toscana
destination
Piazza della Signoria
This piazza is filled with beautiful statues including the Fountain of Neptune, Perseus with the Head of Medusa, and reproduction of Michelangelo's David. It is the perfect Instagram spot for any art lover in Italy!
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Firenze, Toscana
experience
Palazzo Vecchio
This building used to be the seat of power in Florence – and with its modern designation as one of the most Instagrammable places in Florence, it’s seat of awesome Insta POWER! (a little too dramatic? Okay, maybe a little too dramatic.)
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Firenze, Toscana
lodging
Grand Hotel Cavour Florence
This is amazing rooftop bar of Hotel Cavour is a bit of a Florentine secret. The view from the top provides a picturesque 360 degree view of your new favorite city. What more can you ask for?
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Firenze, Toscana
experience
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
This simply wouldn’t be a guide to the Instagrammable places in Florence without including its most famous sight: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and its magnificent dome in particular. The Duomo is Florence’s most famous site. You’ll see it on all the postcards, t-shirts, and souvenirs, so it should definitely be appearing on your Instagram feed, too! How else to prove that you really did go to Florence? But in the midst of the photographic frenzy that you’re bound to embark on, take the time to appreciate the beauty of the building – the decoration of the outside walls really is amazing, and the fine details have to be seen to be appreciated.
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