Florence Photo Diary: 9 Beautiful Pictures To Inspire You To Visit Florence, Italy

There’s no place in the world quite like Florence, Italy. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, it’s long been renowned for its culturally significant city center with endless museums, music and food to enjoy.


Would-be visitors to Italy spend time fantasizing over the canals of Venice or history in Rome, but Florence is just as beautiful of a city with treasures more easily accessible than those found in the Vatican. There may not be any gondolas but there’s a river that reflects clouds in its near perfect stillness, like a mirror to heaven.

Don’t just take my word for it though; have a look!

1) View From Piazza San Michelangelo

Florence Ponte VecchioThis view of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, taken from Piazza San Michelangelo, is a popular spot for photographers looking to capture a Florence cityscape. Easily accessed by taxi, there is a market during the da, vendors and performers, and the nearby Church of San Miniato, easily accessed by foot for an even higher elevation and different perspective.

2) Strolling Riverside by the Arno Florence

There is no filter on the photo here. The Arno River reflects the sky beautifully, even on a chilly day in February. It’s so still that it looks like a mirror image. You can stroll on a sidewalk next to the river for 20-30 minutes and just enjoy the ambiance.


3) Santa Croce Church


You’ll find art students perched on the steps of this church, lining their drawing books with sketching charcoal. It’s also attached to the Scuola del Cuoio, the best place to get genuine leather in Florence.

4) Florence From the Campanile

The Campanile, or Bell Tower, is part of the Duomo complex and best entered with advanced reservations so you can skip the queue. There’s over 400 steps to the top but you get some phenomenal views of Florence’s architecture and domes along the way.

5) Bountalenti Grotto Frescoes

Learn all about the Bountalenti Grotto in my post about art in Florence. These frescoes were made to resemble shelters taking refuge from the storm and look like a fairy tale. Michelangelo’s Prisoner’s used to be housed here and you can see one figure still trying to break lose from the stone in the corner.


6) Medici Lions 

The Medici family rules Florence for quiet some time, so it makes sense that they would mark their chosen decor and spirit animal would be the king of the jungle. The Medici Lions are on display at the Loggia dei Lanzi, an outdoor sculpture museum in the Piazza della Signoria.

7) Watermelon Bicycle in Florence

Sometimes the most charming images are captured just while wandering the streets of a city. This little gem belongs to a local coffeeshop that makes deliveries on a watermelon bicycle.

8) Duomo Baptistery Ceiling

Gold Dome Ceiling Florence Baptistery Duomo

There’s a reason Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise were chosen to adorn the East Baptistery entrance; the doors needed to be as lavish as the Baptistery’s interior. The gold domed ceiling of the Duomo Baptistery brings new meaning to the phrase, “all that glitters is gold.”

9) Sunset at the Duomo Cupola

The Duomo Cupola, the main dome most think of when visualizing Florence, is a great spot to watch the sunset. Grab you tickets in advanced and aim for entry an hour before sunset as once the sun starts to go down, it reaches max capacity and you have to wait for others to leave before you can climb out and see for yourself.

Till next time, safe travels!

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  1. Ameeta June 17, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    That watermelon bicycle is the cutest thing I saw today! I have only been to Florence for a day (even less actually) but loved walking around the city, beauty in every corner 🙂

  2. Mina June 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I went to Florence some years ago and felt I wasn’t able to spend enough time there… Thanks for the tips, I will definitely have them in mind when I go back one day. That sunset really makes me to book the flights right now though…

  3. C-Ludik June 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos, brought back memories ! I visited Florence few years ago (such a long time) and I fell in love with this beautiful city. Churches, art, statues and beautiful facades at every corner. The old town is huge with winding streets and narrow cobblestone alleys 🙂

  4. Vick Fichtner June 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    This post came in the perfect time, I`m a photographer going to Florence in a month! Already pinned it and I`ll follow your tips! Great places and great photos!

    As a foodie I`ll also follow your food guide, yeah!!! (Now I`m hungry just thinking about it…Humm. But I refuse to eat at 2 am. And I have to save the calories for when I`m Italy, I always use all my fat credit when I`m there!)

    Thanks for this post!

  5. Kelly June 18, 2017 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Lovely photos. Still haven’t made it to Italy but i’ll get there eventually!! Love the watermelon bike. Not gonna lie, I kind of want one.

  6. Lisa June 20, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful city and your photos! So pretty! The watermelon bike is a nice touch for the cafe, love it!

  7. Echoesofhervoice June 20, 2017 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Aireona- Nightborn Travel June 22, 2017 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Weird as it sounds, Florence was never high up on my list of places to see. But these pictures are quite convincing. I really love them!

  9. Maggie June 22, 2017 at 3:25 am - Reply

    All of your photos are just stunning. I especially like the watermelon bike! I would love to visit Florence one day. I’ve been to other parts of Italy, but not yet here.

  10. Alyse - The Invisible Tourist June 22, 2017 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Wow, the views over the rooftops are amazing! And how cute is that watermelon bike. I visited Florence on a tour about 9 years ago now and I am so disappointed we didn’t visit any of the lookouts 🙁 Oh well, I can live vicariously through your photos hehe. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Liz June 22, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

    All these photos are stunning, thanks for sharing them with us!

  12. Alexis June 22, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

    As if we needed another reason to visit Italy! But seriously, do you think they will ship that bike to the States??

  13. Zara June 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Great post, I really do want to visit Florence, I’ve heard so many great things about it. Also, LOVE the watermelon bike!!

  14. Alyssa Jaren June 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    That watermelon bicycle though! So cute!! I missed out on Florence the last time I was in Italy, but the Medici family fascinates me. Lovely post!

  15. Eve Kay June 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Love the watermelon bike!! Wish I have one. The photo on the river reflecting the blue skies and white cloud is soooo nice. Great job with the photos! I didn’t think Florence needs anymore convincing but your photos make me think this place could surpass my expectation 🙂

  16. Lara June 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I love the iconic Florence views, but also the funky little details! It looks like such a cool city and is definitely on my list 🙂

  17. Ella June 23, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! I love the Duomo ceiling one especially. Florence is quite an enigmatic city, isn’t it? 🙂

  18. Kasia January 29, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I’ve only been to Rome so I would love to see more of Italy. That watermelon bicycle is so Instagram worthy 🙂

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