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Sights in the surrounding area

The beauties of Florence

Antica Dimora de’ Benci, with its central location, is the ideal base for visiting, getting to know and experiencing one of the most beautiful city in the world and its many treasures. Florence is the hub of intellectual, artistic and cultural heritage of Tuscany, if not Italy. A stay in Florence cannot fail to include a walk through the historic centre, a stop to Piazzale Michelangelo to take a souvenir photo, a trip to Ponte Vecchio, and then walk along the Arno then finally enjoy an aperitif in one the many bars that line the banks of the river. 

Just as a stay in Florence cannot be called such if you do not visit the Uffizzi Gallery, The Accademia, the impressive Palazzo della Signoria and Palazzo Strozzi. However, to fully taste Florence, you need to sit in Piazza del Duomo with a delicious ice cream, breath the scent of leather through the streets of historic markets and eat a good steak in the shade of Palazzo Pitti. 

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Basilica di Santa Croce


Walking distance: 2 min (0,2 km)

Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world. It contains a rich heritage of art and religious culture.  It has always been a focal point linked to  St. Fances of Assisi, the patron saint of Italy since 1939.

Ponte Vecchio


Walking distance: 8 min (0,5 km)

Built near a Roman crossing, the Ponte Vecchio was, until 1218, the only bridge that crossed the Arno. The current bridge was built in 1345 after a violent flood destroyed the previous one. 

Piazza del Duomo 


Walking distance: 11 min (0,7 km)

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Baptistery, Giotto’s bell tower and many other jewels of Florentine and Italian culture are enclosed within this majestic square.

Uffizi Gallery


Walking distance: 6 min (0,4 km)

The Gallery occupies the entire first and second floor of the large building built between 1560 and 1580 to a design by Giorgio Vasari. It is one of the most famous museums in the world for its extraordinary  collections of ancient sculptures and paintings. The collections of paintings from fourteenth century and the Renaissance contain some absolute masterpieces of al times.

Piazzale Michelangelo


Walking Distance: 16 min (1,2 km)

Piazzale Michelangelo was designed in 1869 by the Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi and offers a breathtaking view of Florence and The Arno river. It is a mandatory stop for turists and locals alike.

Museo Bargello


Walking Distance: 5 min (0,4 km)

The Bargello National Museum is housed in the ancient Palazo del Podestà. With a royal decree of 22nd June 1865, it became the first Italian National Museum dedicated to the arts of Middle Ages and the Renaissance.