Birthplace Of The Enlightenment
Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia.
Inside Florence’s Cathedral, the Duomo, Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, with the baptistery right across. The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the dome, which dominates the exterior, was added in the 15th century on a design of Filippo Brunelleschi. The best way to visit the Duomo is to do so with a tour guide, who can get you into special areas and fill you in on all the details, legends and curiosities within. Best of Florence with Special-Access Florence Duomo Tour, David & City Stroll
The Church of Santa Maria Novella is one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany. The convent was built between 1279 and 1357 by Dominican friars near a 7th century church. Great works of art were conceived for the church by masters such as Masaccio, Giotto, Filippino Lippi, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Ghirlandaio. The facade is not only the oldest of all the churches in Florence but it is also the only church with its original, planned facade still in place today.
Santa Croce is the burial place for the great and good in Florence. Michelangelo is buried in Santa Croce, as are Rossini, Machiavelli, and the Pisan-born Galileo Galilei. The original structure dates from 1212 when St. Francis of Assisi visited Florence, later with a group of his followers. Don’t miss the memorial to the 19th century playwright Giovanni Battista Niccolini to the left of the entrance said to be been the inspiration for the Statue of Liberty. The church was severely hit by the flood of 1966, a tide plate shows how far up on the pillars and walls.
Palaces And Gardens
The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens are a great place to start your day in Florence. Head to the nearby Piazza Santo Spirito with its Church of SantoSpirito. The Medici Chapels are the final resting place for the Medici dynasty. The New Sacristy is home to beautiful marble statues by Michelangelo.
Connected to the Uffizi Gallery by the famous Vasari Corridor, which links Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, is Florence’s most celebrated landmark, the Ponte Vecchio, literally, the “Old Bridge”. The bridge has connected the river banks exactly at this point since the 12th century! The Uffizi Gallery is the most important in the city, with works by Leonardo da Vinci. Florence In A Day With David, Duomo, Uffizi & Walking Tour
The Accademia Gallery houses Michelangelo’s original marble statue called David. Piazzale Michelangelo is a square overlooking the city from the first hill in the Oltrarno where you can enjoy a marvelous view of the city at sunset. The Piazza della Signoria is a beautiful square with many statues by great artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti and Verrocchio. There are also some of the world’s most famous fountains, including Neptune’s by Ammannati and Cosimo I by Giambologna. Evening at the Florence Accademia with Panoramic Aperitivo & Statue of David Tickets