Florence – Places to see and Travel Guide

Posted On February 29, 2012 

When you are in Italy, there is so much to do and so many places to see that you get enthralled in the surroundings and get engrossed in a world of pleasure of fun and excitement.

Florence is one of the most toured Italian cities and has many attractive places to see and the tourist is sure to comeback delighted. This city in the middle of Tuscany is a place with the best cathedrals, museums, and churches and has very fascinating streets and also the most elegant shops and buildings.


Most of the important attractions in Florence are in the locations that most tourists would certainly be in. Come to the Piazza Della Signori which is at the heart of the historical region. There is a free exhibit with the sculptures of highest order. There are some important statures at the Loggia Della Signoria including a lovely statue of Michelangelo’s David. This piazza has been the mainstay of Florence’s political centre since the middle ages. One likes the sight of the Florence’s town hall which is called the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio and which sits on the piazza. With beautifully decorated rooms and lovely private apartments, this is a place that can be visited and charms the tourist totally.  There are cafés and restaurants here in this land which is a great treat for all the tourists coming here.

Then you have the IL Duomo which is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This is one of the most visited sites in this part of Florence. This cathedral with its huge Gothic architecture was started in the year 1296 and had around 20,000 people. This was consecrated in the yar 1436. With the green pink and white exterior this is a beautiful tourist attraction with the most intriguing and interesting statures. There is the Brunelleshci’s Dome which is an absolute masterpiece of the elegance and grace of construction.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

One can see the Baptistery here and see how this eleventh century building of Florence comes to life here. This has the most beautiful exteriors and has the best sight of the lovely bronze doors. There are some beautiful mosaics inside and also the marble pavement of the zodiac.

Visit the Campanile Bell tower which is in Piazza del Duomo which is a lovely place to go with its climb of around 414 stairs and gives you the best views of the Cathedral. One can see the lovely sight of Florence and the surrounding areas from the top.

Then there is the Ponte Vecchio or the Old Bridge which was constructed in the year 1345 and this is incidentally the city’s first bridge and lies along the River ARno. This is in fact the only surviving bridge from the medieval days of Florence’s history. The others were all ruined in the Second World War. Today the Ponte Vecchio has many shops selling gold and jewellery. One also likes to get the best views from the bridge and is a fascinating experience.

Ponte Vecchio Campanile Bell tower

Go to the Galleria degli Uffizi which has the best collection of the art of the Renaissance period and it is one of the most crowded museums here and it is a good idea to get the tickets so that you can avoid those busy and long lines. At Uffizi you also get to see lot of paintings and also important sculptures and tapestries which are so much a part of these lovely historical monuments. There are artists whose works are showcase here and these include the works of Giotto, Michelangelo, Perugino, Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael.

Galleria degli Uffizi

Visit the Galleria dell Academia in Florence and see the beautiful sculptures and painting here belonging to the 13th to the 16th centuries. This is where you would find Michelangelo’s famous David. Get to see also some of the most interesting musical instruments that are collected here.

Then you have the Boboli garden, the Pitti Palace, Santa Croce, and some of the most fascinating squares in Florence and also most of the shopping areas of this lovely city here.

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