Florence, the capital of Tuscany, Italy has long been famous for its historical and romantic charm that attracts famous artists (e.g., Leonardo da Vinci) to live and create masterpieces here. In Florence, churches, palaces and bridges are works of art in themselves. No wonder people fall in love with both the city and each other here. Read on to learn more about the wonderfully artistic places you’ll see in Florence.
The oldest bridge in Florence
Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence and it survived through the world wars. Lying over the Arno, the bridge is surrounded by many traditional jewellers. Experience walking along this bridge while seeing the reflection of the surrounding buildings on the clear water’s surface. The views during the day and night give you different perspectives of the city’s atmosphere. After the sun sets, Florence is truly magical, especially during low travel season.
Piazza del Duomo
This is certainly the most famous part of the city. This phenomenal square is the home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and Giotto’s Bell Tower, which lies just next to the cathedral. The symbolic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore’s (also called the Florence Cathedral) architecture is phenomenal. Look for its ceiling’s delicate and detailed Gothic interior as soon as you enter the middle part of the cathedral. You can climb up the tower for a view of the city.
This is where you will see the most beautiful panoramic view of Florence that appears in the iconic photos and paintings of Florence. Here you will see the most important attractions of the city including the Florence Cathedral and the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The Piazzale Michelangelo lies next to Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte Basilica that is also stunning. You can take a walk down to the Ponte Vecchio, heading towards the historic district. But prepare comfy shoes for this walk.
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Piazza della Signoria
What makes this square unique is the abundance of statues within the plaza. You will need to spend some time here to visit the Accademia Gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio. If you like the massive Roman sculptures that symbolise Italy, this is the place to see them!
The area around Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) is known as the art district. Here you’ll find plenty of artisan and handicraft shops lying on some of the narrow street corners around the palace. You can also find the Boboli Gardens within walking distance from here. This is probably my favourite part of the city as it isn’t very crowded with tourists.
Other popular attractions
One or two days is not enough to see the Florence. There are tons of churches and other historic monuments to check out such as the Church of Santa Maria Novella and the Medici Chapels. A couple of remarkable museums in Florence are the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the Museo di San Marco and the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio. You can get a Florence pass to visit all these museums over 72 hours for 72 EUR (roughly 80 USD).
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