Florence

Welcome to Tuscany - Florence was once one of the richest and most prosperous metropolises in the world and, as the so-called cradle of the Renaissance, significantly shaped our art and culture. Walk in the footsteps of personalities such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo or Galileo Galilei and enjoy the wonderful delicacies of the city.

1.  Duomo di Firenze & Santa Maria Novella

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, built in the 14th century, is the symbol of the city. Worth seeing is the dome with its magnificent interior painting and the bell tower, which is right next to the cathedral.

 

Basilica Santa Maria Novella - The Basilica is one of the most important religious buildings in Florence and is located near Florence Central Station. This is not only a place of worship, but above all an exhibition space of undoubted prestige, thanks to the presence of some works by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. The complex of Santa Maria Novella is unique in its kind thanks to the facade of the original Renaissance basilica and also thanks to the presence of important works of the pictorial scene of the time such as Masaccio's Trinity, Santa Lucia and Donor by Ghirlandaio , the pulpit designed by Brunelleschi, the fresco cycle ofFilippino Lippi and the central crucifix by Giambologna.

2. Basilica of Santa Croce & Church of San Lorenzo

A particularly beautiful basilica in Florence is the Basilica di Santa Croce from the 13th century. The tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and other great personalities are located in this basilica. The Gothic architecture still makes the church appear particularly elegant today. Gigantic pillars hold the building, small works of art adorn the walls and window panes, sculptures adorn the impressive basilica.

 

Basilica di San Lorenzo - It is one of the greatest expressions of Renaissance architecture and art and its history is closely linked to the Medici family. The basilica was built in 393, remodeled in the 11th century and enlarged in the 15th century by order of the Medici family. Inside the basilica there is the "Sacrestia Vecchia" on which Brunelleschi worked in the 15th century and which contains some works by Donatello. The main cloister leads to the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, built in the 15th century based on a design by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

3. Piazza della Signoria & Uffizi Gallery & Palazzo Vecchio Museum

Piazza della Signoria - The Palazzo Vecchio is located on the largest square in Florence. Worth seeing the loggia, with many statues. There are other beautiful statues to admire in the square, as well as the imposing Fountain of Neptune.

 

Palazzo Vecchio - The palace with its battlements and the 94 meter high tower was initially the official residence of the highest officials of Florence. The medieval palace was later converted into the residence of the grand ducal Medici family. Today, the magnificent palace houses Florence's town hall.

 

Uffizi Gallery - This magnificent building was converted into a private collection of paintings by the ruling Medici family. Today, Florence's Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous historical art museums in the world. Here you can admire paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries, with works by da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Botticelli.

 

The Bargello National Museum is housed in one of the oldest public buildings in Florence, dating back to the 13th century. Important episodes in the history of the city took place within its walls: meetings of the Consiglio dei Cento (Council of Hundreds), also attended by Dante Alighieri; Sieges, fires, executions. Although various conversions took place over time, the harmonious austerity of the building was retained, which is particularly evident in the beautiful inner courtyard, the balcony and the large salon on the first floor. From the 19th century the building served as a national museum, and later Renaissance sculptures were collected here.

4. Ponte Vecchio & Pitti Palace & Piazzale Michelangelo

The famous Ponte Vecchio bridge was built in the 14th century at the narrowest point of the river. The development with small overhanging bridge shops makes the Ponte Vecchio bridge unique. Even today you will mainly find gold and silversmiths in the small shops on the bridge.

 

Place of the Medici's private collection, the Palazzo Pitti now houses museums and collections full of impressive paintings. Behind the palazzo lies the huge and beautiful Boboli Garden. In this beautiful park you will find grottos, garden temples and even an amphitheater with an Egyptian obelisk.

 

Piazza Michelangelo- The walk from the center of Florence to Piazzale Michelangelo takes about 20 minutes. The path meanders up the hill through lots of greenery. Once at the top you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the city. On the big square there is a copy of the big statue of David.

 

The 16th-century Church of San Salvatore al Monte is located on the Monte delle Croci hill, behind Piazzale Michelangelo. It was built by Simone del Pollaiolo in a sober Renaissance style on the former oratory of San Damiano. From here you can also enjoy a beautiful view of Florence.

5. Galleria dell'Accademia & Palazzo Strozzi

The Galleria dell' Accademia specializes in some well-known artists. Here you can admire, among other things: the David sculpture, but also the prisoner sculptures as well as the Pietà and the San Matteo statue by Michelangelo. You will also find the works of other well-known painters in the gallery, including Paolo Uccello, Sandro Botticelli and Andrea del Sarto.

 

Palazzo Strozzi. A Florentine palace, it embodies the Renaissance and is a place worth seeing with its impressive construction and the spacious and really beautiful inner courtyard. Nice exhibitions are shown here again and again.

 

Orto Botanico di Firenze- A place of tranquility on the edge of central Florence is the Giardino dei Semplici, also called Orto Botanico di Firenze. Even if you're not into botany, you should stop by and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. The botanical garden alone convinces with its lush green color, small rose bushes, palm trees and fountains. Exciting knowledge awaits you here, for all those who want to take a look behind the scenes of botany.

6. Restaurants

Mercato Centrale

The market hall from the 19th century attracts visitors and locals with a very modern concept for a wine, a delicious meal or a shopping spree.The huge selection of culinary delights is particularly popular.The market hall is located near the Basilica di San Lorenzo.

Address Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell'Ariento, Firenze

Florence - Ponte Vecchio

Florence - Ponte Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria - Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria - Palazzo Vecchio

The Boboli Gardens of the Pitti Palace

Church San Salvatore al Monte , near Piazzale Michelangelo

Basilica Santa Croce

Piazza della Signoria - Loggia

Florence Cathedral - Santa Maria del Fiore

Church San Lorenzo

View from Piazzale Michelangelo

Cathedral of Florence - Battistero

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