Florence travel guide – Sightseeing

Florence is a small Italian city but rich with monuments, museums, churches and palaces.

It’s the pearl of Tuscany region and the origin of the Italian cultural and economical renaissance.

The city was built by great artists and architects and has impressed since centuries its visitors per the beauty of its history, art and culture.

 

Here are the most outstanding landmarks of Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore

Also called the Cathedral of Florence and the Duomo, it’s a historic Italian building. The exterior and interior architecture is magnificent. From the inside, the sculptures, the colors, the walls and every corner is impressive.

You should climb the dome tower to see the city from the top but be prepared to stand in long lines.

The square is beautiful and contains four monuments connected to the cathedral: The archaeological site of Santa Reparata, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Cathedral Museum. As well as shops, cafes and restaurants.

Opening hours

Open from 10am – 5pm

Thursdays: 10am – 4/5pm (depends on season)

Sundays and religious holidays: 1:30 – 4:45pm

Entry fees:

Combo ticket for all the monuments of the complex €10

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Cathedral

Uffizi gallery

Uffizi gallery is one of most famous and oldest museum in Europe and the world. It contains a unique collection of masterpieces from the renaissance time. It displays the marvellous artworks of the celebrated Italian artists like Raffaello, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Blow your mind with the beautiful paintings and take a guided tour to understand better the art mysteries.

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Sunday 8:15 am – 6:50 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Ticket price: €18.5

http://www.uffizi.org/

Ponte Vecchio:

The Ponte Vecchio or the old bridge, is one the most beautiful city landmarks. It’s a medieval bridge over the river Arno and connecting Uffizi and Pitti Palace.

You’ll find old houses, musicians and portraitists, cafes and antiques and jewelry shops. The atmosphere is festive and the views are amazing.

With the accordion music, the Italian designs and the lovely sunset, the bridge is very romantic place.

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Piazza della Signoria

The Piazza della Signoria is not just a square, it’s the historical and emotional center of Florence.

There are open spaces, a lovely fountain, shops and restaurants where you will enjoy a good time. The ambiance is vibrant with tourists and the place is more magnificent at night. The square is near to many tourist attractions and faces the Palazzo Vecchio Museum.

The Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower:

The Palazzo Vecchio or the old palace is one of the most amazing town halls in Italy. The fortress and museum have a spectacular architecture and history. You will explore the renaissance history and discover its treasures and facts. The paintings and art pieces are impressive. Don’t miss to climb the tower and contemplate the city view.

Opening hours:

Museum: April-September: 9am – midnight except on Thursdays: 9am – 2pm.

Including: April 20-21, April 30, May 1, June 2 and 24, August 15.

October-December: 9am – 7pm except on 
Thursday: 9am-2pm.

Ticket price:

Museum: € 10  Tower: € 10

Museum + Tower: € 14

The tower is closed to anyone under 6 years  Anyone under 18 has to be accompanied by an adult

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_della_Signoria

Piazzale Michelangelo:

Piazzale Michelangelo is a large square offering  panoramic views of Florence.

Easily reached by transport on foot, the Piazzale is a must visit. The tourists enjoy a nice walk between old streets and the numerous restaurants and cafes. Day or night the view is stunning and the ambiance is warm.

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