Popular Sights in Florence.
One of the oldest churches in the city, founded in the 4th century. Here you can see the tombs of the Medici clan in all the pompous splendor of the marble statues. Note the magnificent pulpits by Donatello.
Basilica of Santa Croce
Santa Croce Basilica is primarily famous for the “Pantheon of Florence” – the graves of the city’s famous residents, for whom Florence has been unusually generous. Galileo, Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Rossini and many others rest here.
San Giovanni Baptistery
The Baptistery of San Giovanni is the oldest building in Florence’s historic center, dating back to the 5th century. Its modern form, an octagonal building of white and green marble, dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries; it is older even than the famous Duomo.
Academy Gallery in Florence
The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence is one of the most popular and well-known museums not only in the capital of Tuscany, but also in all of Italy, if not Europe. Its collection boasts a very respectable age – the date of the founding of the Academy of Fine Arts dates back to the middle of the 16th century, namely 1561.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most popular tourist destinations and there are often long lines at the entrance, but it’s worth the wait to see the unique architecture of the museum and more importantly, the unique works by the world’s greatest artists.
Giotto’s bell tower
In Duomo Square, 30 meters from the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Giotto Bell Tower is probably the best attraction of the city, compared to the Cathedral itself. There are several explanations for this: firstly, its sparkling mosaic patterns can be seen from almost every corner of the city.
In addition to housing numerous masterpieces of painting and sculpture, the Palazzo Vecchio is an architectural gem in its own right, complete with rich interiors. Here you can also see a copy of Michelangelo’s famous “David” Michelangelo.
Palazzo Pitti is the largest palace and one of the largest museum complexes in Florence. To enter the Medici treasury, the costume and porcelain museums, and the Boboli Gardens, a separate ticket is required.
Florence is a true gem of the Italian Renaissance, as it concentrates literally everything that the era is famous for. One of the main features of the city, creating its peculiar – luxurious, opulent and at the same time strict “Florentine” style
Piazza della Signoria
Situated in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, it’s the focal point for a mass of interesting sculptures, from Michelangelo’s David Michelangelo to Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes and Cellini’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa.
The oldest bridge in Florence and one of the most popular “postcard” views of the city. Along the bridge are numerous jewelry stores dating back to the time of the Medici.
The Boboli Gardens, near the Palazzo Pitti, residence of the Medici dukes, are a museum of garden sculpture. At one time they served as a model for all European royal parks, including Versailles.
Santa Maria del Fiore
One of the oldest and most recognizable buildings in Florence is the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This jewel of world architecture has been striking for seven centuries with its elegance and grandeur and is a true jewel of the city.
Santa Maria Novella
The Church of Santa Maria Novella is known for its light openwork facade, reminiscent of an inlaid casket. The interior is full of works of art: Greek frescoes and marble tombstones.
Church of Orsanmikele
The church of Orsanmikele was built in the 14th century and was used not only as a temple, but also as a mountain granary. The name of the church comes from the name of the convent that was located on the site and was called “San Michele in the Garden”.
The ancient Florentine Laurentian Library houses a collection of books and manuscripts from several generations of the Medici. Its history is closely tied to the twists and turns of the fate of the famous dynasty: founded as the home library of Cosimo de’ Medici in 1444, it was given to the Convent of San Marco.
The Davanzati Palace
The Davanzati Palace is called by many the cherry on the cake of Florence and is definitely worth a visit to experience the spirit of the true Italian Middle Ages. The house dates back to the 14th century, the Davanzati family acquired it in the 16th century and owned it for 300 years.
The House of Giorgio Vasari
The house of Giorgio Vasari in Florence is one of the two iconic residences in the life of the great painter and art historian of the Italian Renaissance. In the house in Arezzo Vasari was born and spent his youth, in Florence – met the end of life and died June 27, 1574.
The House Museum of Dante Alighieri
One of the most beloved landmarks of Florence by fans of literature, the House Museum of Dante Alighieri is actually somewhat indirectly related to the great Renaissance poet. The building was only built in 1910 on the foundations of Dante’s House, so don’t get too excited about the “original” setting
Hall of Fame of Italian soccer
The main male attraction in Florence, the Italian Football Hall of Fame is located in the Football Museum in the contemporary Florence district of Coverciano. Although the Hall of Fame didn’t open long ago – in 2011 – it boasts a remarkable number of visitors.
Sunny Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is famous for being the place where Europe stepped into the Renaissance. It is said not in vain that you cannot set foot here without visiting a museum: the number of attractions in this European city is incredibly large, and it absolutely makes your head spin. If you’ve seen Florence on postcards or on book covers, the first thing you’re likely to think of is Ponte Vecchio, the bridge over the Arno River.
Ponte Vecchio was first built back in the days of ancient Rome: then it was a wooden bridge, it collapsed and washed away by floods, rebuilt again and again, but to this day it has retained its original appearance. And when you stand over the river and look at it, it feels like time is flowing through you.
As you ascend the spacious, elevated Piazza Michelangelo, you are sure to feel your heart stop pounding for a moment. Below, right before your eyes, Florence spreads out in all its beauty, its grandeur, its uniqueness. One of the most beautiful in Italy, the Piazza della Signoria is another of Florence’s famous sites, a place of striking harmony and the accumulation of works of art. It is here that the Palazzo Vecchio and the “Fountain of Neptune” with its marble god of water are located. Most of the masterpiece sculptures that adorn Piazza della Signoria are copies, but that in no way diminishes their mesmerizing beauty.
Climbing up to the spacious, elevated Piazza Michelangelo, you’re sure to feel your heart stop pounding for a moment.
Adjacent to the Medici residence are the world-famous Boboli Gardens, a stunningly beautiful park with terraces, elegant fountains and romantic pavilions, whose paths are lined with sculptures that recall the antiquity to the 17th century. From here you can also admire Florence, an ancient and beautiful city that you want to return to again and again.
The dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (otherwise known as the Duomo) can be seen from almost anywhere in the city: walking along the street and suddenly from the gap between the houses appears this majestic and stunning vault of one of the largest basilicas in the world. The cathedral is interesting also for its interiors: its walls and dome on the inside are painted with magnificent artistic scenes by great masters. Now there’s a museum in the cathedral, where you can see such paintings as Michelangelo’s The Mourning of Christ and Donatello’s Mary Magdalene. If you have the energy to climb up to the observation deck, you’ll get a breathtaking view of Florence.
The Basilica of San Lorenzo, one of the oldest churches in Florence, contains the tombs of the Medici clan. The Basilica of Santa Croce, with its incredible frescoes by Giotto and colorful stained-glass windows, is known for the “Pantheon of Florence,” where the tombs of such great men as Galileo, Dante and Michelangelo are located. Among the dozens of churches and cathedrals in Florence, there is even the Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity and Nicholas the Wonderworker.
Uffizi Gallery is considered one of the most magnificent museums not only in Italy but also in the world. The gallery exhibits unsurpassed works of such world masters as Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Piero da Francesca, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens, Dürer, Goya, Rembrandt and many others. In the Palazzo Pitti there is a whole complex of museums. Among them are the Gallery Palantine, with priceless works by Titian, Raphael, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Velázquez, Van Dyck and Rubens; the Medici Treasury, the Gallery of Modern Art, silver, costume, porcelain and carriage museums. The Galleria dell’Accademia surpasses all museums in attendance: Michelangelo’s David and many paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned masters.
The most complete collection of paintings by Beato Angelico is preserved in the Convent of San Marco, where the artist once lived. The milestones in the history of Italian sculpture, from the Middle Ages onwards, can be traced in the Museo Nazionale di Bargello.
One could list for a long time the museums of Florence, including the Michelangelo Museum, the museum of the famous couturier Fondazione Roberto Capucci, the Museum of History of Science, where Galileo’s telescopes are kept, the Saint Mark Museum, the Museum of History of Photography, the Botanical Museum and many other great museums that are worth visiting.