How many times you read about Florence, one of the favorite destinations by foreign tourists?
This happens because is a very enchanting place and we wanted to celebrate with this selection of pictures and some tips about very popular spots in town.
The “Old Bridge”, built for the first time in Roman times and rebuilt in stone in XIV century, is one of the symbols of Florence.
In the past, butchers occupied the shops built along the bridge, now you can see art dealers, jewelers and souvenir sellers.
Ponte Vecchio is also an amazing spot where to go for New Year’s Eve to see fireworks! Take advantage of your next holiday here to enjoy the landscape!
Originally, this sculpture by Michelangelo was placed outside the Palazzo della Signoria, but in 1873 was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia (where now you can admire it) and replaced by a replica. The David is one of the outstanding masterpieces of Renaissance, and Michelangelo was only 26 when began to work on this sculpture.
If you’ve already been in Florence, you know that there is always a very long queue, so we recommend some ways to avoid it: book a private guided tour; join a group tour; buy tickets online in advance; buy the Firenze Museum Card. Further info here: www.firenzecard.it.
Credits: By Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
On the south side of River Arno, near Ponte Vecchio, rises Palazzo Pitti, the largest museum complex in Florence and a landmark for its Renaissance architectural style.
Here you can visit the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Silver Museum, also known as “The Medici Treasury”, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery and the Carriages Museum.
Piazza della Signoria
If you want to know where the Florentine Republic was born, go to Piazza della Signoria, here rise buildings dated back to XIV and XIX century, imposing statues such as the copies of David and Judith and Holofernes.
This square is the ideal starting point to visit Florence, going to Uffizi Gallery and walking towards Ponte Vecchio.
Fountain of Neptune
This fountain, located on the Signoria square, was sculpted by Bartolomeo Ammannati, and the face of Neptune is a tribute to Cosimo I de’ Medici, because is an allusion to the dominion of the Florentines over the sea.
A second fountain of Neptune is situated in the Boboli Gardens, behind Pitti Palace.
Duomo di Firenze
The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is also knows as the Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, masterpieces listed by Unesco as World Heritage Site along with the historic center of Florence.
Dated back to 1436, the church was begun in Gothic style, features an innovative Renaissance work of art (the dome by Brunelleschi) and is open to tourists, who can visit its monuments booking a guided tour. Further info on this website: www.duomofirenze.it.
Florence is worth visiting all the year round, we suggest including it in an itinerary through the most charming spots in Italy.