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Those who travel by my side know that I am not a big sight-seer. Growing up I was blessed to have had parents who took me to see museums and historic monuments, and even equipped me with season tickets to the opera since the age of 8. While I’m grateful to have been exposed to so much culture in my early life, these days when I’m setting the itinerary for my trips, I tend to do things a little differently.

This list represents for me the best of both worlds. Florence is uniquely beautiful and many of its famous locales absolutely demand that you pull out your iPhone and capture the moment. Yet there’s much more to populate your Instagram feed than just buildings and statues. There’s a few of these I’ve yet to snap myself, so in no particular order, consider this the #DivineLiving selfie bucket list for Firenze!

 

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1 Crossing the Arno River on the Ponte
It’s worth braving the crowds to get a beautiful shot here at sunset. One of the few bridges in the world left with shops built along it (as was common in Medieval Europe), the Ponte Vecchio is a unique sight well deserving of the hype.

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2 Soaring Above the City at the Piazzale Michelangelo
This piazza is one of the absolute best places to capture Florence from above. At any time of day, you can find both tourists and locals here soaking up the gorgeous views. As a bonus, there’s even a bronze David statue—though not an original.

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3 Standing Tallin Front of Il Duomo Di Firenze
Ready for your hero shot? Take a selfie looking up at the Duomo, the crown of the most spectacular Medieval cathedral in town. If you dare, climb the 463 ancient steps to the top of the cupola and appreciate the building from every angle.

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4 Clinking Glasses on a Balcony in Fiesole
Fiesole is an outer province of Florence that sits 8km above the main city, and gives you a glimpse of Tuscan village life just a short ride from the center. I love going to any of the amazing restaurants here, which always have balconies from which to snap a glamorous selfie—prosecco in hand.

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5 Finding Foodie Treasures at the Mercato Centrale
This classic market housed in a Renaissance building has been operating much as it does for centuries, but upstairs a 2014 reno puts a fresh spin on Italian food and culture. Consider this the place for snapping yourself with the most gorgeous gourmet delight you can find—if you can decide on one!

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6 People Watching at the Piazza della Signoria
Florence’s most iconic square is one of my favorite places to enjoy a cappuccino and watch all of the fabulous people go by. Home to the Palazzo Vecchio, the Gucci Museum, and the Uffizi Gallery, this gorgeous central piazza is full of statues, including the famous Fountain of Neptune. Stop by Caffe Rivoire after a stroll through for a perfect Italian cap.

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7 Picnickingat Boboli Gardens
Inspired by European royal gardens like Versailles, Boboli is one of the only large green spaces in Florence. You’ll find photo opp after photo opp strolling through this beautiful park that’s full of Roman and Renaissance sculptures, plus plenty of places to make it a picnic.

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8 Spotting Style at the Gucci Museum
Florentine style finds an elevated footing at the Gucci museum, housed in a 14th century building on the famous Piazza della Signoria. Not only is there plenty to snap at this historic house of chic, there’s an haute museum store worthy of snagging a luxe souvenir or two.

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9 Delighting in Gelato at Venchi
Naturally you won’t be leaving Florence without a scoop of gelato and a picture to prove it. My absolute favorite place to indulge is at Venchi. This luxe chocolatier and bakery does gelato like no other, and there’s even a gorgeous marble entry way to set the scene.

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10 Striking a Pose at the Uffizi Gallery
When craving fine art, you can hardly do better than the Uffizi Gallery. Tour the museum’s ancient halls of iconic paintings and sculptures, and find plenty of palatial settings for that perfect selfie. (And to skip the lines, simply buy your tickets in advance).

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