We have all heard of the beautiful Florence, where many famous art legends, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Boccaccio and Michelangelo, once lived. Nowadays, the city still attracts a massive number of artists and visitors coming here to seek inspiration and creativity. Explore Florence with me to find five excellent places to see free art.
1. The Art District
One of the most famous areas that art-lovers can find in Florence is around the Palazzo Pitti. This district is famous for artisans and handicraft stores as well as several vintage clothing shops. This is one of the most interesting areas in Florence and I personally enjoy it a lot. Walking through the beautiful, small, old shops on narrow streets is a great experience that you cannot find easily in larger Italian cities. This area is excellent for exploring an alternative side of Florence that is is less touristy.
2. Via Della Condotta
Another area I highly recommend for photographers around the historic centre, is on the Via Della Condotta. Here you will find plenty of photography, painting and souvenir shops. Surely you have heard of the worldwide known Italian story of Pinocchio? Come to Bartolucci to explore Italian wooden art and get a souvenir of the child famous for his long nose.
3. The Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Around the famous Ponte Vecchio, which is a beautiful old bridge, there are several artists painting this classic landscape and selling their works. Painters come to sit here by the river, doing their work for hours. The reflections of small, old, colourful houses around the Arno River makes the area an excellent location for photographers during both day and night. Walking around the bridge and its surrounding area, you will find some of the oldest jewellers shops such as Vaggi Sergio e Figli Srl and Fratelli Piccini as well as the top clothing and watch brands of Italy.
4. Piazza della Signoria
This square is one of the most symbolic centres of Florence with an abundant number of statues in the square. The area is an excellent location for alluring Roman sculptures. Walk behind the massive Piazza della Signoria, and you will discover a couple of artists working on portraits. They will offer to draw you at a rather high price, but make an effort to bargain!
5. Cathedrals and churches
Inside the famous Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, which you can enter for free, you will find a small shop on the ground floor that sells nice small paintings and postcards of Florence.
If you do not hesitate to pay more for art in Italy, come visit some of the most famous classic art museums such as the Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery. Some of the largest collections of classic art in Italy are exhibited here. A museum pass costs 72 EUR (~79.80 USD) and is valid for 72 hours in every museum in Florence. However, I believe you can see art for free easily in not only Florence, but in all of Italy.
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