Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is one of the main cities of art in the world, adorned with statues, sculptures, historic churches and palaces. But what to see in Florence?
The city looks like an open-air museum. In every corner you can see masterpieces of art, churches and buildings in white marble, squares full of sculptures and monuments, splendid bridges over the Arno river ...
Florence is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities in Europe and tourists choose it as a destination for their travels not only for its remarkable architectural and artistic heritage, but also for its unbeatable romantic charm.
We have made a list of the essential places to see in Florence.
What to see in Florence
The most popular place to visit in Florence is certainly the Duomo, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Construction on this huge Gothic cathedral, which can seat up to 20.000 people, began in 1296. The exterior, in green, pink and white marble, features beautiful elaborate doors and interesting statues.
The Cathedral is surmounted by the largest dome brick ever built, with a diameter of 45 meters, designed by Brunelleschi. Next to the Cathedral you can admire its high bell tower, known as the Giotto's Campanile.
Admission to the cathedral is free but to climb to the top of the dome, which offers a magnificent view of the city, you need to purchase a ticket which costs 10 €. This ticket also allows you to climb the Giotto's bell tower, to enter the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.
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Piazza della Signoria
The monumental Piazza Della Signoria, the most famous square in Florence, looks like an open-air museum. The square has a medieval character, while the buildings that surround it are from different eras. The two main buildings are the Palazzo Pinocchio, with its imposing Sala del Cinquecento, and the beautiful one Lanzi Loggia.
The Loggia houses a series of statues, such as the famous Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini and the Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna.
Il Palazzo Vecchio, built between the end of the XNUMXth and the beginning of the XNUMXth century, it serves as a town hall and includes the office of the mayor of Florence and the city council, but most of the building is a museum that can be visited. Inside the palace there are richly decorated public rooms and private apartments.
The Campanile tower is located in Piazza del Duomo. The first floor was designed by Giotto, hence its name. Beautifully decorated, the tower is 85 meters high. To climb its 414 steps and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire city of Florence, you need to buy a ticket.