The Great Florence – Italy

Florence‘s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence. Florence and its magnificent treasures await your visit!

Florence is incredibly rich in monuments, museums, churches and places.

Among Florence landmarks the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) with Brunelleschi’s magnificient cupola stands out the most. Next to the cathedral stands Giotto’s Bell Tower which offers a fine view of the city from its top. In front of both the cathedral and belltower sits the Baptistery of St. John with its beautiful bronze doors including the gold Gates of Heaven by Ghiberti, the original ones are preserved inside the Opera del Duomo Museum located to the back of the cathedral.\ Heading toward the Arno River and passing through Via dei Calzaioli stands Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio, headquarters of Florence’s Municipality, the Loggia della Signoria with its sculptures and Neptune’s fountain by Ammannati. Linked to Palazzo Vecchio by the Vasari corridor, which runs for about 1 km to Palazzo Pitti, is the magnificent Uffizi Gallery with its incredible collection of paintings. Steps away from the Uffizi stands Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), another famous landmark of Florence. The bridge connects the center to the Oltrarno district that today remains the most Florentine part of the old city center. There stands the Pitti Palace, the Medici’s last residence, which hosts many interesting museums such as the Palatine Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery and the Silver Museum and which overlooks the splendid Boboli Gardens. Near Pitti is Santo Spirito Church with its yellow facade and the wooden crucifix by Michelangelo. In the Oltrarno you’ll also find the Brancacci Chapel inside the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine frescoed by Masaccio in the early Renaissance.

Some Great Places to visit in Florence

Uffizi Gallery The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s top art museums – it houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Lots of sculptures too..

Accademia Gallery Once inside, you’ll also see Michelangelo’s unfinished and powerful Prisoners, along with a few works by Perugino, Giambologna, and Botticelli.

Pitti Palace Contains works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and many others. The beautiful Boboli Gardens are behind the palace.

Opera del Duomo There is something very pleasing about the idea of visiting the maintenance section of the huge artistic undertaking that the cathedral complex represents.

San Marco Museum The convent of San Marco is dominated by the lovely paintings of Fra Angelico.

The Vasari Corridor The famous elevated passageway was built by Vasari in 1565 connecting Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio No visit to Florence is complete without at least some time spent dawdling on the Ponte Vecchio, looking at the glittering jeweler’s shops along the bridge or admiring the view.

Piazzale Michelangelo Piazza Michelangelo is on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, just east of the center of Florence, and offers a stunning view of the city.

Palazzo Vecchio With fortress like castellations and a 311 foot high bell tower, Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio conveys the message of political power supported by military strength.

Piazza della Repubblica The square and Column of Abundance mark the center of the city of Florence since Roman times.

The Duomo, Florence’s Cathedral The famous cathedral dome dominates the skyline of Florence, with its eight white ribs against a background of terracotta tiles.

Florence Baptistery In Piazza del Duomo, Florence‘s religious center, stands the Baptistery of St. John.


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