In a four minutes walk from home, I could be in Piazza del Duomo. But today I’ll finally allow myself some time to visit the Accademia Gallery. People from all over the world come to Florence to admire Michelangelo’s David. The sun’s rays fill the main hall and illuminate the statue, bringing out its grandeur.
Then I choose to walk to Piazza San Marco, where you can find one of the departments of the University of Florence and the historic Academy of Fine Arts. But also the Convent and the San Marco National Museum, two gems of art. The museum has the world’s largest collection of artwork (including the famous Annunciation) by Beato Angelico, who lived in the ancient monastery that now houses the museum.
I’ll stop at Pugi’s for a snack and grab the legendary “schiacciata”; every self-respecting Florentine knows the traditional Tuscan flatbread made at this historic bakery.
Not far from there is one of my favorite places, the Cloister of the Scalzo with frescoes by Andrea del Sarto. Today I will resist the temptation to continue towards the San Gallo Bookshop; I love to lose myself among those shelves full of used books and fun facts.
I’ll just keep walking and continue to breathe in the magical Renaissance atmosphere of Florence. I’m going to the heart of the historic center: Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Baptistery of St. John.
I am undecided whether to visit the Dante’s House Museum or the Bargello Museum, which houses artworks by Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Cellini. I’ll just keep walking a few steps towards Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Porcellino Market, but also the Uffizi Gallery, with the Vasari Corridor and the collections at Palazzo Pitti.
I’m taking a break with a hot chocolate at Rivoire’s. Like everything in Florence, this pastry shop too has a story to tell: in 1872 Enrico Rivoire, chocolatier of the Royal family of Savoy, opened his shop in Florence, next to Piazza della Signoria.