San Marco is a rather busy square and area, it serves as connection route for most of the going out of the city center commutes, all the main bus stops are right in the Piazza making this a step off step on curb for people working in and out town.

This busy area though, gives you access to the Galleria dell’Accademia, which name might not say much to you but in its rooms is displayed one of the most important pieces of sculpture of mankind: The David of Florence, yes it’s him! Copies are spread out in the city from Piazzale Michelanglo, to Piazza della Signoria but if you are hunting the real one, the Galleria is where you have to go see it!

Piazza San Marco Galleria delle Belle Arti

Smaller in size than the other cousins-copies this true piece of art is preserved in the Museum of The Gallery of Accademia just 2 minutes off the busy square of San Marco.

It’s also the headquarter of the University of Florence called Università degli Studi di Firenze. A Domenican church as well as an ancient convent is located here. The convent is now a museum. On the center of the piazza(square), lies the famous statue of General Manfredo Fanti.

Galleria dell'accademia entrance

Piazza Indipendenza is connected to San Marco by Via 27 Aprile, a long street busy with buses and taxis, the Piazza is a great place for resting a bit in summer, offering some green areas and cafes around it.

Piazza Indipendenza Square in Florence

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What to see

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What to eat & drink

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What to do and Where to go out

Purple bicycle

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