Much of Florence’s beauty, history, and art is found in its many churches and their surrounding piazzas (squares). The churches usually have a ramp if there is a large set of stairs, but the one or two steps at the entrance are often not ramped. We did not find this a problem because the Italian people in general were helpful and willing to assist in lifting David up the steps. Some of the churches and piazzas we particularly enjoyed were Santa Croce, the Duomo, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, San Marco, and Santissima Annunziata.
Piazzas without churches also have charm of their own. An outside statue of Michelangelo’s David is at Piazza della Signoria. Beautiful buildings, statues, and fountains surround this square. It is the perfect place to enjoy Italy’s delicious gelato (ice cream).
Surrounding the accessible Piazza della Repubblica are trendy restaurants with outdoor dining perfect for people-watching. On the way to the square, walk down Via Roma and enjoy the many street artists, musicians, and vendors.
For a break from the city’s hustle, these botanical gardens–which were created in 1549–offer a quiet retreat in which to indulge in elegant landscaping and a wonderful view of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. The gardens are generally accessible but have hills throughout, so assistance with pushing is helpful. This is a great place to bring a picnic lunch and relax.