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Things to see and do in Florence, Italy. Includes ideas on how to spend your time in the magical city of Florence, Italy. Things to see include David by Michelangelo, the Duomo, Baptisitery and Ponte Vecchio. Things to do in Florence include exploring Florence's left bank Oltrano, talking an informative walking tour of the city, and visiting the nearby Chianti wine region.
Ideas on how to spend your time in Florence
A city rich in architectural and artistic masterpieces such as Florence offers innumerably possibilities of tourist attractions to visit. Throughout the confines of the civic and religious heart of the city of Florence churches, palaces, museums and other landmarks symbolize the Renaissance and the important role Florence has played in history.
Our small group Original Renaissance Walking Tours offer the perfect introduction to the city with skip the line tickets for Michelangelo's David.
Standing in Piazza San Giovanni, the religious heart of the city you'll be overwhelmed by the poly-chromed marble façade of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and its imposing dome designed by Brunnelleschi. One of the most important tourist attractions in the city, when it was completed in the 15th century it was the largest religious building in al of Europe .
The building was dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore ( of the flower, because the feature lily is the symbol of the city of Florence . Brunelleschi's Dome was an extraordinary feat of engineering, that culminates in Brunelleschi's lantern that is surmounted by a gilded copper ball topped by a cross. The stairs that lead to the lantern across the two vaults provide incredibly views of the city of Florence .
Offering another fine view of the city is Giotto's Bell Tower that was built during 14 th century and also stands in Piazza San Giovanni. The 85-metre high Bell Tower was the creation of three architects; Giotto who designed the tower and died during its construction, Andrea Pisano who continued after Giotto, and the last three levels were built by Francesco Talenti.
Alongside, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore lies the Baptistery. Another important tourist attraction of Florence , the Baptistery is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, who is the patron saint of Florence . The baptistery is famous for its bronze doors, of which the east facing door Michelangelo nicknamed it the "Door of Paradise".
Hidden away on the back-streets of Florence you'll find the Bargello Museum . One of Florence 's less-frequently visited museums, like the Uffizi it provides many insights into the history of Medieval Florence and the Renaissance movement. Another highlight of the museum is a delightful chapel accredited to Giotto.
One of the major sightseeing attractions of Florence is the Accademia Gallery which is home to a very important collection of Florentine paintings, dating from the 13th to the 18 th centuries. But, nowadays it's more famous for being the home of MichelAngelo's David which was moved here in 1873. For many visitors to Florence , this statue is the symbol of the Renaissance movement in Florence . Like the Uffizi museum, reservations are strongly recommended.
While Piazza San Giovanni is the centre of religious life in Florence , the Piazza dela Signoria is the political and civic centre of Florence . This square features famous tourist attractions such as the Palazzo Vecchio, the nearby Uffizi Museum and a delightful sculpture garden.
The Palazzo Vecchio is a monumemt of exceptional artistic and historical importance, for centuries the palazzo was the political centre an symbol of the city. Now a museum, the building features works by Vasari & Micehelangelo.
Uffizi Museum is probably Florence's most visited tourist attraction and features works by all the great Renaissance artists of Florence, as well as masterpieces by other world renowned artists. The oldest museum in Europe , it was created from the core of the Medici art collections from the late 16 th century. The museum features over 1600 pieces of art, that are exhibited in 45 rooms of the previous Palace of the Medici's.
The Ponte Vecchio is the most beautiful of the bridges that cross the River Arno as it flows through the city of Florence. It's original structure dates from Roman Times, and the sides of the bridge are lined by gold & silversmiths shops. It's a popular tourist attraction because of the views it offers from the central part of the bridge. On the Oltrarno side of the Ponte Vecchio you'll see the Medieval Mannelli Tower .
After crossing the Ponte Vecchio you'll arrive in Oltrarno, Florence 's left-bank which offers some interesting tourist attractions. The back-streets of this part of the city are famous for their innumerable artisan workshops, as well as delightful and authentic restaurant and wine bars.
While the area is also home to the Boboli Gardens and the Pitti Palace . From the gardens that extend from the back of the Pitti Palace you can enjoy fine views of Florence . While the Pitti Palace features numerous galleries and museums including: The Palatine museum which features works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Rubens, a gallery of Modern Art, silver museum and a costume gallery.