One of the old­est Ital­ian cities is the epit­o­me of the great­ness of the Renais­sance. Once upon a time, Flo­rence was even the cap­i­tal of Italy, and Julius Cae­sar him­self is con­sid­ered its founder. Here worked such mas­ters as Leonar­do da Vin­ci, Donatel­lo, Michelan­ge­lo, Ben­venu­to Celli­ni and many oth­er out­stand­ing per­son­al­i­ties. Tourists called this Flo­rence the city of flow­ers for a rea­son. There are also nat­ur­al attrac­tions in Flo­rence, includ­ing the laven­der fields of Tus­cany and the many vine­yards around the city. The muse­ums of Flo­rence offer to get acquaint­ed with the world-famous mas­ter­pieces of art, and the old squares are always crowd­ed. Once it was the most pow­er­ful and influ­en­tial city in Europe, and today it attracts mil­lions of tourists every year. It has every­thing you need for a good hol­i­day, includ­ing an inde­scrib­able his­tor­i­cal atmos­phere, mod­ern attrac­tions, parks, many shops, restau­rants and enter­tain­ment.

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Signoria Square

Piaz­za del­la Sig­no­ria is one of the busiest squares in Flo­rence. It attracts tourists with its com­bi­na­tion of cul­tur­al attrac­tions, along with numer­ous events, hol­i­days and fes­ti­vals. For his­to­ry buffs, it will also be inter­est­ing to learn about the numer­ous his­tor­i­cal events in this place. Piaz­za del­la Sig­no­ria wit­nessed an impor­tant peri­od in the work of emi­nent mas­ters, includ­ing Michelan­ge­lo and Donatel­lo. The exe­cu­tions of the Holy Inqui­si­tion were car­ried out here, but today only men­tions of this have been pre­served in muse­ums. Be sure to vis­it this most impor­tant square of the city and enjoy the beau­ty of its archi­tec­tur­al ensem­ble.

piazza senorii

Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most vis­it­ed muse­ums in the world. In the exhi­bi­tion halls you can admire the best mas­ter­pieces of Michelan­ge­lo, Leonar­do da Vin­ci, Car­avag­gio, Raphael and oth­er out­stand­ing mas­ters. Dur­ing the reign of the Medici dynasty, gov­ern­ment offices were locat­ed in this build­ing, but giv­en the love of the fam­i­ly for art, over time an out­stand­ing series of art mas­ter­pieces has gath­ered here. In the 18th cen­tu­ry, the first Uffizi Muse­um opened on the ter­ri­to­ry, and today it glad­ly wel­comes tourists from all over the world.

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Palazzo Vecchio

The Palaz­zo Vec­chio is the most promi­nent land­mark in Flo­rence. Sea­soned tourists are advised to allo­cate at least a few hours to vis­it Vec­chio in advance, but a whole day is not enough to explore all its beau­ties. It is bet­ter to sign up in advance for a tour with a pro­fes­sion­al guide who focus­es your atten­tion on the most inter­est­ing halls and exhi­bi­tions of the Palaz­zo Vec­chio. Dur­ing the tour you will be able to explore the amaz­ing mas­ter­pieces of the Mid­dle Ages, includ­ing paint­ings, fres­coes and sculp­tures.

palazzo vecchio

Vasari Corridor

Almost all the sights of Flo­rence are some­how con­nect­ed with art. Was no excep­tion and the Vasari Cor­ri­dor, which is a cov­ered pas­sage through the Flo­ren­tine Arno Riv­er. An arched cor­ri­dor con­nects two out­stand­ing palaces — Palaz­zo Pit­ti and Palaz­zo Vec­chio. Like most oth­er archi­tec­tur­al mon­u­ments of the city, the cor­ri­dor was built for the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Medici fam­i­ly, Francesco I. Thanks to the con­struc­tion, he could eas­i­ly move between his palaces with­out going out­side. The Vasari Cor­ri­dor is unique with numer­ous mas­ter­pieces by such mas­ters as Tit­ian, Da Vin­ci and many oth­er works of the Mid­dle Ages. For a fee, you can walk along the cor­ri­dor, where only rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the nobil­i­ty once walked.

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Vasari corridor

Palazzo Pitti

Pit­ti Palace is an oblig­a­tory item in the tourist pro­gram of Flo­rence. As Flo­rence’s largest palace, it also hous­es one of the city’s largest muse­ums. Here you will find a num­ber of unique exhi­bi­tions and dis­plays, along with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to walk through the halls of the Palace and explore all its parks. The Palaz­zo Pit­ti com­plex is quite exten­sive and includes sev­er­al sep­a­rate sec­tions where you need to buy a sep­a­rate tick­et. If your time is lim­it­ed, it is bet­ter to con­cen­trate on the main part with the muse­um.

Palazzo Pitti

Ponte Vecchio

One of the most famous bridges in the world cross­es the Arno Riv­er in Flo­rence. The first bridge struc­tures were built in this place in the peri­od of the ancient Romans. But due to the imper­fec­tion of the struc­tures, they were destroyed dur­ing floods and fires. The main bridge Ponte Vec­chio was built dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages and ini­tial­ly meat was trad­ed here. But over time, meat stores were replaced by elite stores and now it is one of the most pop­u­lar attrac­tions in Flo­rence. The Ponte Vec­chio bridge is con­nect­ed to the Vasari cor­ri­dor men­tioned above, which also adds to its inter­est.

vecchio bridge

Belfry of Giotto

Giot­to’s bell tow­er is one of the tallest build­ings in the his­toric cen­ter of Flo­rence. A mag­nif­i­cent archi­tec­tur­al land­mark imme­di­ate­ly attracts atten­tion with its mosa­ic facade. The best place to explore the bell tow­er is Piaz­za­le Michelan­ge­lo. Be sure to climb to the top to the obser­va­tion ter­race, which offers one of the best views of Flo­rence and its beau­ty.

Giotto

Boboli Gardens

The Boboli com­plex is con­sid­ered one of the most beau­ti­ful gar­dens in Italy. The land­scape gar­den was found­ed in the 15th cen­tu­ry for the wife of Cosi­mo 1 of the Medici, Eleono­ra of Tole­do. Sub­se­quent­ly, the Boboli Gar­dens passed to oth­er own­ers who added some­thing inter­est­ing to the plan of the park. As a result, today we have a won­der­ful attrac­tion, a walk along which will lead you into a state of gen­uine delight.

boboli gardens

Basilica of Santa Croce

The Basil­i­ca of San­ta Croce is con­sid­ered one of the sym­bols of the city. This is not only one of the most beau­ti­ful sights of Flo­rence, but also an impor­tant bur­ial place for promi­nent city fig­ures. It is here that you will find the tombs of Michelan­ge­lo, Machi­avel­li and even Galileo. All of them made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of Flo­rence and made it the city it is today. Despite its reli­gious sta­tus, the Basil­i­ca of San­ta Croce is a muse­um with dai­ly tours.

santa croce

Piazza Michelangelo

Piaz­za­le Michelan­ge­lo is known among cit­i­zens and tourists as the best place for views of Flo­rence. Be pre­pared for the fact that there are always a lot of peo­ple here and you have to push through for the best panora­ma. Michelan­ge­lo Square appeared in the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, when a large-scale ren­o­va­tion of the archi­tec­tur­al appear­ance of Flo­rence was car­ried out. As you already under­stood, it was named after the famous Flo­ren­tine Michelan­ge­lo, and a copy of his famous sculp­ture “David” was installed, as well as a num­ber of oth­er out­stand­ing works of the mas­ter.

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Santa Maria del Fiore

The Cathe­dral of San­ta Maria del Fiore is the most impres­sive land­mark in Italy, which is impos­si­ble not to notice. Tourists are extreme­ly inter­est­ed in the his­to­ry of the foun­da­tion of the cathe­dral, the con­struc­tion of which took more than 5 cen­turies. Dur­ing repeat­ed ren­o­va­tions, a num­ber of changes have been made, and plans to trans­form cer­tain parts of San­ta Maria del Fiore are still dis­cussed to this day. Since the entrance is free, it is always crowd­ed here, but you will have to pay to vis­it the muse­um. You will cer­tain­ly not regret the mon­ey spent, so feel free to go on a tour of the Flo­rence Cathe­dral.

santa maria del fiore

Medici Riccardi Palace

It is not sur­pris­ing that the main res­i­dence of the Medici fam­i­ly is locat­ed in Flo­rence. The majes­tic dynasty had a very sig­nif­i­cant impact on the his­to­ry of Italy. The main res­i­dence of the fam­i­ly was built in the 15th cen­tu­ry, but a few cen­turies lat­er it passed into the pos­ses­sion of anoth­er influ­en­tial Ric­car­di fam­i­ly. At the same time, a recon­struc­tion was car­ried out — the Palaz­zo was expand­ed and updat­ed with ele­ments of the Renais­sance style that was dom­i­nant at that time.

medici riccardi

Basilica of San Lorenzo

One of the his­tor­i­cal­ly most impor­tant places in Flo­rence is the Basil­i­ca of San Loren­zo, one of the old­est shrines in the city. In its cur­rent form, it appeared in the 11th cen­tu­ry, but then it was nev­er­the­less slight­ly sup­ple­ment­ed. Among the inter­est­ing points are the tombs of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Medici fam­i­ly with majes­tic mar­ble mon­u­ments. How­ev­er, many trav­el­ers come here on an excur­sion to see the most beau­ti­ful orna­ments of the New Sac­risty.

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Dante Alighieri’s house

Few peo­ple are not famil­iar with the work of the out­stand­ing poet Dante Alighieri, the author of the leg­endary Divine Com­e­dy. But not every­one knows that he was not only a poet, but also took an active part in the polit­i­cal life of the coun­try and the for­ma­tion of the Ital­ian lan­guage. The house of Dante Alighieri in one of the his­toric dis­tricts of Flo­rence is today a muse­um in his hon­or. Dur­ing the tour of the house-muse­um, you will learn about the life and work of an out­stand­ing Flo­ren­tine. You will also get a glimpse of 14th cen­tu­ry Flo­rence, whose land­scapes adorn the walls of the muse­um.

dante museum

Baptistery of San Giovanni

The Bap­tis­tery of San Gio­van­ni is locat­ed in the his­toric cen­ter of Flo­rence. The out­stand­ing build­ing was built more than 15 cen­turies ago and gained fame as the old­est attrac­tion in Flo­rence. The octag­o­nal plan of the build­ing and the mar­ble fin­ish of the facade have become the hall­mark of San Gio­van­ni. Mas­sive gates with gold­en bas-reliefs depict­ing bib­li­cal scenes deserve spe­cial atten­tion. Any excur­sion in Flo­rence includes a vis­it to this archi­tec­tur­al mon­u­ment, so you are unlike­ly to miss the bap­tis­tery.

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baptistery of san giovanni

Bargello Museum

The Bargel­lo Muse­um occu­pies a his­toric build­ing from the 13th cen­tu­ry. This medieval for­ti­fi­ca­tion was once a prison, then a mil­i­tary bar­racks, a court, and even the mag­is­tra­cy of Flo­rence. The Bargel­lo Muse­um exhibits one of the most out­stand­ing col­lec­tions of art, includ­ing works by Michelan­ge­lo, Giambologna and oth­er artists from the medieval peri­od.

bargello

Academy Gallery

The Acad­e­my of Fine Arts Gallery is one of the pop­u­lar attrac­tions in Flo­rence. The gallery began to take shape in the 16th cen­tu­ry and over the cen­turies has acquired an out­stand­ing series of art objects, being one of the finest muse­ums in Europe. It is also the very first paint­ing acad­e­my in Europe. Like many oth­er Flo­ren­tine mar­vels, the Gallery was fund­ed by the Medici fam­i­ly. Among the out­stand­ing exhibits is Michelan­gelo’s leg­endary David. The five-meter stat­ue has become a true per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of the Renais­sance.

academy gallery

Complex San Marco

San Mar­co is an archi­tec­tur­al com­plex with the build­ing of the Church of St. Mark and the monastery of the same name. The monastery appeared in this area of ​​Flo­rence in the 13th cen­tu­ry. The out­stand­ing archi­tect Bar­tolomeo took part in its restora­tion and restora­tion, and since the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry the Nation­al Muse­um of San Mar­co has been locat­ed here. Muse­um exhi­bi­tions open to vis­i­tors the mag­nif­i­cent her­itage of the great cre­ators of the Renais­sance peri­od.

san marco

Santa Maria Novella

San­ta Maria Novel­la is the found­ing basil­i­ca of the Domini­can order of Flo­rence, as well as an archi­tec­tur­al mon­u­ment of the Mid­dle Ages. This place passed to the Domini­can order despite the Roman shrine locat­ed here ear­li­er. The unusu­al facade of the basil­i­ca with a dec­o­ra­tive pat­tern imme­di­ate­ly catch­es the eye. But no less inter­est­ing is the inte­ri­or dec­o­ra­tion with numer­ous fres­coes, mosaics and mar­ble stat­ues. It is here that the main action of the Decameron nov­el by Gio­van­ni Boc­cac­cio takes place.

Museum of Galileo

The Galileo Muse­um, or Muse­um of the His­to­ry of Sci­ence, hous­es a col­lec­tion of approx­i­mate­ly 5,000 orig­i­nal pieces, divid­ed into Medici and Lore­nese sec­tions. Items on dis­play include orig­i­nal Galilean instru­ments, includ­ing tele­scopes and lens­es. There is also a room ded­i­cat­ed to the his­tor­i­cal devel­op­ment of the micro­scope and its ori­gins. Anoth­er sec­tion show­cas­es 18th cen­tu­ry elec­tro­sta­t­ic elec­tro­mag­net­ic tools. The muse­um is open on Mon­days, Wednes­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days from 9:30 to 17:00.

Dome of Brunelleschi

A Renais­sance mas­ter­piece, the Dome of the Duo­mo, 91 meters high and 45 meters wide, was cre­at­ed by the out­stand­ing mas­ter Fil­ip­po Brunelleschi between 1400 and 1436. The mas­ter was inspired by the Pan­theon in Rome, design­ing the out­stand­ing octag­o­nal shape of the inner and out­er con­cen­tric dome. More than 4 mil­lion bricks were used for the con­struc­tion, laid out in suc­ces­sive rings in a her­ring­bone pat­tern. Even more inter­est­ing land­scapes are wait­ing for you in the selec­tion of amaz­ing Flo­rence in pic­tures, which also fea­tures the Duo­mo dome.

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