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These Are Some Of The Places You Must See in Florence

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Florence stands as a living testament to the magnificence of the Renaissance era. Its opulent history, awe-inspiring architecture, and vibrant cultural tapestry have captured the hearts of adventurers across generations. From its celebrated art galleries to its quaint cobblestone streets, Florence offers an array of enchanting attractions to explore.

Galleria dell'Accademia

Statue of David zoom of hand
Statue of David zoom of face
Statue of David upper chest
Statue of David chest and face

Michelangelo's sculpture of David is impressive to see in person.  The detail that is carved in stone is impressive.

1.  The Galleria dell'Accademia

This museum’s most prized possession is Michelangelo’s sculpture of David which is a must see in Florence.  Within its walls, you'll also discover an impressive collection featuring works by Michelangelo, Botticelli's , and .

Uffizi Gallery

Botticelli's Birth of Venus

Botticelli's Birth of Venus

2.  Uffizi Gallery

One of the world's oldest museums, the Uffizi Gallery, officially opened its doors to the public in 1765. It houses a remarkable assortment of art spanning the 12th to 17th centuries and is a must see in Florence. The likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, and other luminaries grace its halls, attracting art aficionados and history enthusiasts alike.

Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi lion statue
Loggia dei Lanzi front view
Loggia dei Lanzi statue

Loggia dei Lanzi is on the right

3.  Loggia dei Lanzi

Perched at the corner of Piazza della Signoria, the Loggia dei Lanzi once served as a public meeting point. Today, it has transformed into an open-air museum, showcasing an array of captivating sculptures against the backdrop of the city's heart.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio night view
Ponte Vecchio daylight view

4.  Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge")

A medieval stone bridge with three graceful arches, the Ponte Vecchio stands as one of Florence's most captivating landmarks. Initially the sole crossing over the Arno River until 1218, it now boasts an intriguing blend of history and commerce, with stores and houses nestled under its porticos. It is believed that the original bridge was first built in Roman times.Today it is closed off to vehicular traffic and attracts high tourist interest to the two banks of the river and the stores on it.

Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral
Florence Cathedral
Vasari's fresco close up
Vasari's fresco close up
Florence Cathedral interior

Cathedral interior with Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment painted on the cupola ceiling

Vasari's fresco
View from Florence Cupola
View of the city and Giotto's belltower
View from Florence cupola
View from cupola
Panoramic view from the Florence cupola
Narrow corridor to ascend Florence Cathedral cupola

Vasari's fresco

Vasari's frescoes up close during the climb to the cupola outside panoramic viewer

View of the belltower on the way up to the copula viewing platform

View from windows while climbing the cupola

View from windows while climbing the cupola

View of the city and Giotto's Belltower while climbing the cupola

Vasari's fresco

Florence Cathedral

Narrow corridor steps to ascend and desend the cupola of the Cathedral

One of the panoramic views from the cupola viewing platform 

5.  Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, "Il Duomo")

A visit to Florence would be incomplete without marveling at the awe-inspiring Florence Cathedral, affectionately known as "Il Duomo." This is a must see in Florence because it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.Its construction began in 1296 and was completed in 1436. Its exquisite Gothic Revival façade, adorned with marble panels of green, white, and pink, leaves a lasting impression.Its 15th century dome has a unique octagonal design and was built without a supporting wooden frame which was unheard of at the time.Horizontal tone and iron chains were used to reinforce the dome which is the world’s largest masonry dome.You can climb the 463 steps to Brunelleschi’s dome for a panoramic view of the city’s skyline and surrounding hills. The way up and down is through narrow, steep steps through a corridor that were used by the workmen who built the cathedral for maintenance. There is no elevator.On the way up, you can admire Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) up close.The climb is not recommended for people who suffer from a fear of heights or dark, narrow spaces.

Giotto's Belltower

View from Giotto's belltower

View from Giotto's Belltower

Zoom view of the cupola from belltower

Zoom view of the cupola viewing platform from the Belltower

View from Giotto's Belltower

View from Giotto's Belltower

6.  Baptistery, Duomo Museum, and Giotto's Belltower

Dating back to the 11th and 14th centuries, this trio of structures offers a fascinating glimpse into Florence's architectural evolution. The exterior of Giotto's Belltower is covered in a geometrical pattern of Carrara green, white and red marble from Siena.Visitors can ascend its 414 steps for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.The tower is divided into different levels and on each level one of the tower’s seven bells is housed. The climb is not recommended for people who suffer from a fear of heights or dark, narrow spaces.

Mercato Nuovo

Mercato Nuovo bronze wild boar statue

7.  Mercato Nuovo

This market is located in the historic center of Florence.Its covered stalls have been trading since the 11th century, offering an eclectic mix of goods. A highlight is the Fontana del Porcellino, featuring a bronze wild boar statue. Tradition holds that rubbing its nose brings good luck.

Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo suitcase frame viewer
Piazzale Michelangelo replica of David
Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo

8.  Piazzale Michelangelo

Perched on a hill in the Oltrarno District, Piazzale Michelangelo rewards visitors with sweeping vistas of Florence's skyline. Built in honor of the esteemed artist Michelangelo, this square showcases replicas of his iconic creations.It is definitely a must see in Florence because you can see the entire city from this hill.

Florence's allure emanates not only from its living testament to the magnificence of the Renaissance era, but also from its harmonious fusion of past and present. The city's elegance and creative spirit continue to captivate travelers from all walks of life. Whether you're an art connoisseur, a history enthusiast, or simply seeking enchanting beauty, Florence guarantees an unforgettable experience.

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