What to see in Florence
The entire Renaissance city of Florence is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and is one of the most popular cities to visit in
Italy with countless churches, cathedrals, art galleries and
museums. Deciding where to start your sightseeing tours may prove
to be the most tricky part of the whole process, and that's not
even taking into consideration the numerous stunning excursions
into the Tuscany region possible from the city.
For starters, head to the most popular site, the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore, which began construction in 1296, was consecrated in 1436, holds 20,000 people, and offers some breathtaking views over the city. Visit one of Florence's oldest buildings, the Baptistery of John the Baptist, to enjoy views over the Arno River; and stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the Giardino di Boboli to enjoy the park dotted with fountains behind the Pitti Palace. Navigate the crowds at the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello, and the Florence Accademia, which exhibit some of the best art collections in the world.
Culture-lovers will enjoy a trip to Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in Italy, which holds the tombs of Michelangelo and Dante, among others; as well as the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the historic centre and an open-air sculpture exhibit, where one can sip on a cup of coffee and watch the world go by from one of the surrounding cafés.
Originally owned by the wealthy banker Luca Pitti, the Palazzo later became the property of the Medici family and was…
Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo or Cathedral of Florence, is set in the heart of the city and perches above the metropolis…
The Ponte Vecchio's status as the oldest bridge in Florence saved it from destruction during the Nazi retreat from Italy…
Santa Croce, a magnificent Gothic church built in 1294, contains the tombs of many celebrated Florentines, such as Michelangelo,…
This Gothic Palazzo shelters a treasured national collection of Renaissance sculpture. Before its renovation to become…
The Uffizi is one of the world's greatest art galleries, with a collection of Renaissance paintings that includes the…
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