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Enjoy all of Florence – on a budget

The city is romanticised the world over, but Florence’s artistic heritage and culinary fair doesn’t have to cost a bomb - here’s how to enjoy it on the
The superb view from Piazzale Michelangelo

Sights

1 ORSANMICHELE

This unusual and inspirational church, with a splendid Gothic tabernacle, began as a grain market. Exterior niches display copies of Renaissance statues representing the patron saints of Florence’s many guilds. The originals are inside, in a littleknown museum (polomuseale. firenze.it; Via dell’Arte della Lana; church 10am–5pm, museum 10am–5pm Mon; free).

2 BARGELLO

This 13th-century building once served as a prison, but is now a museum safeguarding Italy’s most comprehensive collection of Tuscan Renaissance sculpture, including some of Michelangelo’s best early works, such as his tipsy Bacchus (polomuseale.firenze.it; Via del Proconsolo 4; 8.15am– 5pm summer, until 2pm winter, closed 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon and 2nd & 4th Sun of month; £2.80, free on first Sun of the month).

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