Florence, a showcase of art and architecture, is one of the major artistic capitals in the world, nestled in the Tuscan hills and adorned with statues, sculptures, historic churches and palaces.
In every corner of the city you can see works related to Michelangelo and Machiavelli, Donatello and Dante, works that give Florence a romantic look. But this is not just a historical city stopped in time. Alongside the art galleries and pretty squares are beautiful boutiques, designer shops and lively cafes.
Florence is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities in Europe and tourists choose it as a favorite destination not only for the remarkable architectural heritage and extraordinary art but also for the panorama of its bridges, its splendid sunsets, its cuisine and its unbeatable romantic charm.
Once in Florence, take some time to savor its atmosphere and visit even the most hidden corners that are not lacking in charm. One thing is for sure, you will come back again as it is impossible to see all its artistic treasures in one visit.
What to see and visit:
Everything in Florence revolves around the Duomo, the 360th century cathedral and one of the largest Italian churches. The Cathedral is surmounted by the largest brick dome ever built, designed by Brunelleschi, from which you can enjoy a wonderful XNUMX degree view over the city. Next to the Duomo you can admire its high bell tower, known as Giotto's Campanile. In fact, three architects contributed to its realization.
From there you can see the Old Bridge, a medieval bridge famous for the shops built over it, currently selling souvenirs, art and jewelry.
La Uffizi Gallery it is one of the oldest and most important museums in the world, created by the Medici family at the end of the XNUMXth century. Today the museum is a dream for art lovers: it displays masterpieces such as the "Birth of Venus" by Botticelli, the "Madonna del Cardellino" by Raphael and the "Venus of Urbino" by Titian.
Il Baptistery of San Giovanni, in front of the Duomo, is the oldest building in the city, dated by some scholars to the fifth century and known for its stupendous ceiling covered with frescoes. It hasn't been proven, but many say this octagonal building was once a temple dedicated to Mars, the Roman god of war.
Be sure to visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see especially the most famous sculpture in the world - Michelangelo's David.
Another important work of art is the Brancacci Chapel, inside the church of Santa Maria del Carmine. Its frescoes have led it to be called the "Sistine Chapel of the Early Renaissance".
within the Palazzo Pitti there are other extraordinary works. This Renaissance palace is the largest museum complex in the city, with hundreds of Renaissance paintings displayed in sumptuous rooms.
Even though art is Florence's main attraction, its churches are equally impressive. There Basilica of the Holy Cross it is the largest Franciscan church in the world and contains Michelangelo's tomb while Santa Maria Novella it was the first great basilica of the city. There San Lorenzo Church it is said to be the oldest of all and is the resting place of the Medici family.
The monumental Piazza della Signoria, the heart and meeting point of the city looks like an open-air museum dominated by the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio which serves as the town hall.
Those wishing to explore local life should visit the Central Market, the colorful food market that takes place inside a XNUMXth century glass and iron structure.
Lastly from Piazzale Michelangelo, a XNUMXth century panoramic terrace, full of tourists, you can enjoy a spectacular view over the whole city of Florence.
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