Piazza San Marco in Florence

If you are exploring the area around Piazza San Marco, you won’t have a boring day: you can choose to visit the museum in the San Marco monastery, the Academy Gallery, the Opificio delle pietre dure (Semi-precious Stones Workshop), or just relax sitting in Piazza San Marco or in the close Piazza Santissima Annunziata on the stairs of the Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents).

If you feel like stretching your legs, take via Cavour and take a look at the shop windows; in case you prefer a break in the greenery, the Giardino dei Semplici is for you.

If you want to dedicate your day to art, plan a visit to the nearby museums: for sure your stay in Florence will not end before you have seen the David by Michelangelo. Book then a ticket for the Academy Gallery to avoid the queue – especially if you are here on holiday in the summer. Also the National Museum of San Marco is absolutely worth seeing to admire the biggest collection in the world of Beato Angelico’s masterpieces.

If you would like to get some rest, instead of going back to your hotel room or to your apartment, you can have a break sitting on the stairs of Piazza Santissima Annunziata and take some pictures to the beautiful loggia of the Spedale degli Innocenti. Ideal for a quick and tasty lunch is a sandwich or light meal in one of the numerous, tiny and characteristic sandwich bars of the area, where you can sit and chat with the owners.


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