If you are a travel enthusiast, Italy is sure to find a spot on your travel list. Some of the world-famous destinations are Rome, Venice, Puglia, Florence, etc. This little European country has something for everyone and if you are an art connoisseur, then Florence has some of the greatest art treasures in its various palaces, museums, and churches to enthuse you. Florence is the capital of Tuscany and is one of the most beautiful of the world’s cities as per Forbes. It also plays an important role in the fashion industry and makes it to the coveted list of the fashion capitals of the world. Due to its art and glamour, it sees a number of tourists all-year-round. To help you plan your Florence itinerary we have got you a list of some of the famous things in Florence, Italy.
1. Cradle of the Renaissance
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Florence is rightfully called the “Cradle of Renaissance” as it is the city where modern-day Western art and culture saw the light of day. It is the place where transition of art, architecture, and monument started and Europe began to see a move from the middle ages to modernity. Some of the masterpieces that still stand tall include The Cathedral of Florence, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Historic Centre of Florence, etc. Florence is a magical and vibrant city that inspires artists to this date.
2. Richest city in Europe for centuries
Florence was known as the cradle of Renaissance of Europe and was an economically successful city from 15th century onwards. Its economy was booming mainly due to its banking empire. A few families mastered financial speculations and acted like banks, loaning money to common people. Art, architecture, and fashion were other pillars strengthening the economy.
3. Major fashion houses
Florence is one of the top fashion capitals of the world. From olden times, fashion has been one of the industries that have remained in limelight and also contributed towards the economy of Florence. Fast forward to present day, young designers and new concept stores offering bespoke clothing is taking Florence’s fashion capital tag to another level. Florence Fashion Week is one of the most important events happening in the fashion industry across the world.
4. Horse and carriage rides
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Horse and carriage rides are a unique way to explore Florence. If you are a couple, riding a carriage is one of the most romantic ways to explore the place. Various guided tours are also provided where information about the history of the place and monuments is given to tourists. The tour can last anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes and is normally accompanied by drinks toward the end.
If you are someone who enjoys cooking and would like to try a cuisine different than yours, then this Original Cooking Class and Market Tour in Florence is something you will love. A half day class lasting a little over five hours starts with picking the freshest ingredients from the Central Market. This trip is in the company of local expert chefs and you wouldn’t be required to fend for yourselves! Maximum size of the group is 25. On the menu are dishes like bruschetta, homemade pasta and dessert.
Small-Group Italian Cooking Class with Market Tour in Florence
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
The city of Florence is plush with beautiful museums, churches, and palaces. It is an art connoisseur’s paradise with something to admire at every nook and corner of the city. It is not called the “Cradle of Renaissance” for no reason. Some monuments date back to the Middle Ages and still continue to impress people. Some of the important masterpieces are The Florence Cathedral, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, The Pitti Palace, Palazzo Vecchio etc.
Florence: Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour Pass
Italy is home of Catholicism and houses some of the most beautiful churches in the world. Florence is no different and its churches are an architectural marvel in themselves in addition to being places of worship. So much so that some of the churches that are not in use have been turned to museums and thronged by millions of visitors each year. Some of the most well-known churches are Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, San Lorenzo among others.
Private Tour: 3-Hours Churches of Florence Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Also known as the Duomo di Firenze, The Santa Maria del Fiore is Italy’s most beautiful Gothic building by far. It is a magnificent piece of architecture that was started by Arnolfo di Cambio in the late 13th century (1296) and completed with a dome in 1436 that was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, an Italian architect who is also credited as one of the founding fathers of Renaissance architecture. The entrance to the cathedral is free and it sees long queues of visitors most of the time.
Florence: Official Dome Guided Tour with Priority Access
Duration: 1 hour
Uffizi is one of the must-visit museums in Florence as it has some breathtaking works of art. It is a great window through which Italian Renaissance and European history can be looked into. This place houses art pieces by some of the most well-known Renaissance masters and antiques donated by the Medici family. The gallery is spread over two floors and takes upwards of two hours to explore artwork well. Things to see include various paintings, architecture, sculptures, books, and archives.
Florence: Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket
Duration: 1 day
The Boboli Gardens are located behind Pitti Palace. It is an open park and houses sculptures from 16th to 18th century. Many sculptures are inspired by Roman mythology. Spread over 111 acres (45,000 sq m), it is a one of its kind outdoor museum. Main attractions of the garden include the amphitheatre, Neptune’s Fountain statue, Porcelain Museum, House of the Lorraine etc.
Florence: Tales of Boboli Gardens Tour
Duration: 1.45 hour
Florence: a melting pot of art, culture, and fashion
Be it the revival of art and culture of Europe or the outdoors in the form of gardens and hills, Florence has a vast number of treasures to enthrall and amuse you. The city’s major fashion houses makes you get a feel of high-end celeb life and the horse and carriage rides are a unique way to enjoy the beauty of this picture perfect Tuscan capital. Florence is a great way to understand the transition from Middle Ages to modernity. Have a great and enlightening vacation in Florence!
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