More Things to see near the Duomo/Piazza della Signoria
Museo dell’Opera – Where you can find many of the original works of art that were created for the Duomo. There are over 750 pieces of art spanning 720 years of history, including masterpieces from Arnolfo, Ghiberti, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Antonio Pollaiolo, Verrocchio, and Michelangelo.
Museo Galileo – One of the largest collections of scientific instruments in the world.
Bargello National Museum – A former prison and residence of the head of police that has been converted into an art museum. Here you will find a variety of impressive Renaissance sculptures from Donatello, Luca della Robbia, and Michelangelo.
Florence Baptistery – Built in 1128, making it one of the oldest buildings in the city, this octagonal religious monument stands near the Duomo and is known for its three sets of bronze doors that were designed by famous Italian artists, Pisano and Ghiberti.
Palazzo Strozzi – 15th-century palace originally built as a political statement for Filippo Strozzi the Elder, a rival of the Medici family. Besides a tour of the elaborate grounds, you can also find rotating art exhibitions throughout the year.
Mercato Nuovo & Il Porcellino – Touristy market in the center of Florence that sells a variety of items, especially souvenirs. Where you will find the Fontana del Porcellino or the bronze statue of a wild boar. Legend says that if you rub its snout you will return to Florence.
Santo Stefano al Ponte – 12th-century Romanesque style church that houses artwork from Giotto, Rosselli, and other talented Italian artists. Near the Ponte Vecchio.
Loggia dei Lanzi – What was once a place where public ceremonies were held in 14th century Florence, is now an open-air museum showcasing various antique and Renaissance art sculptures. Completely free and attached to the Uffizi Gallery.
The Piazza della Repubblica – A historic square that was the site of the city’s forum. It’s a good place to grab an espresso at a cafe – Giubbe Rosse Cafe specifically has been a meeting place for famous artists and writers for over a century, although it has become quite touristy in recent years.