Top 10 Things You Need to See in Florence
As I mentioned many times Florence is a very beautiful and very big city that you can really struggle to visit if you are time limited. You cannot explore it all in one go…or maybe you can if you spend there over one week. But if you dont have that time, try not to do too much in a day or two which you dedicated for Florence as you can spoil the visit. If you want to have good memories from Florence and not miss out of the great experiences it offers I think I can help out here…I have been in Florence 4 days and i have seen almost the whole city with a very packed and active plan. And I can confirm each place is worth a visit and wonderful! But it is impossible to do it all! I had to miss out on few things and I had to visit some places very quickly. So in order to do it properly with the time limitations, use my List of Top 10 Things You Need to See in Florence. Even following them is a time struggle but they are a MUST!
Top 10 Things You Need to See in Florence
- Obviously the Uffizi Gallery which is the most famous Florence museum and one of the best in Italy. You can admire there the world’s largest collections of works of art. The most famous artists whose work is being displayed are: Botticelli (Birth of Venus, La Primavera), Giotto, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens. You can really get dizzy with the amount of great art to look at! (Florence Syndrome)
- The Duomo is something that everybody who visits Florence has to check out. It is not just one amazing cathedral in the city but a whole complex of Florence sites which you can access with one single. The Duomo is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It is the church that was created in the 13th century, but wasn’t finished until the 19th century when the beautiful Dome was added into the mix during the 15th century. Both sites need to be visited. Other things of Duomo complex which you cannot missed are the Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Opera del Duomo Museum and beautiful Baptistery.
- The Accademia for at least seeing the very famous and really impressive sculpture of David by Michelangelo. On plus you will have a chance to admire other Michelangelo masterpieces such as Slaves, Palestrina Pietà, St. Matthew; the art work of Stradivari and Giovanni di Ser Giovanni. Please note The Accademia is the Art of Drawings Academy, founded by Cosimo de Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany 1563.
- Ponte Vecchio which is the most ancient bridge in Florence located in the narrowest point of the Arno river. It is worth visiting for it’s beauty, architectural value and jewelry shopping experience. It is very original and i have never seen such a bridge before!
- Palazzo Pitti complex which is located on the other side of the Arno river. The complex consists of few monuments which are accessible with one single ticket. All of them are worth the visit. The monuments start with: Palatine Gallery, a museum for art of the most famous Italian artists like: Titiaan, Botticelli, Tintoretto, Antonio Canova, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio, Perugino, Fra Filippo Lippi and the Madonna del Granduca by Raphael. Then you can visit the Silver Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Costume Gallery, the Porcelain Museum and the Museum of Carriages. And this is not all…for a bit different experience you need to complete your visit to the Palazzo Pitti complex with Boboli Gardens and Bardini Garden which offer the beautiful blossoming flowers and stunning views of the city to admire.
- Now another unmissable square in Florence – Piazza della Signoria which used to be a center of political life in 14th century. Nowadays is a real free to access outdoor sculpture gallery art. It presents the replicas of many famous sculptures with the very well known“David” standing at its entrance. But this is not all – have a closer look at the Loggia to the right of the Palazzo Vecchio which displays other replicas of popular sculptures Michelangelo’s David and Judith and Holofernes, Cellini’s statue of Perseus holding Medusa’s head, sculptures by Donatello, and Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines as well as other works like Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus, and an impressive fountain featuring Neptune.
- Another monument of Florence which you can experience free of charge is the Piazzale Michelangelo located on top hill above the Oltrarno neighborhood. It gives you the best view of Florence you can imagine. On top of that thanks to the fact that it was built and dedicated to Michelangelo in 1869 it presents copies of his famous masterpieces and again…the replica of David but this time in brnze
- The most beautiful church in Italy – Church Santa Maria Novella. Gothic masterpiece with the example of Renaissance shapes presented in its facade. The church displays the art work of Masaccio (Trinity fresco) and Ghirlandaio’s workshop ( fresco cycle in the Tornabuoni Chapel) and Giotto’s Crucifix The monument which cannot be missed out.
- The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) which is the largest Franciscan church in the world. It is the burial place of some of famous Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini. Because of this fact the church is has been called The Temple of the Italian Glories. Additionally, while visiting the famous basilica, you will have a chance to admire the work of Giotto; Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Giorgio Vasari and Cimabue
- Stunning and impressive Medici Chapel which was built as extensions to Brunelleschi’s 15th-century church in order to celebrate the Medici family, patrons of the church and Grand Dukes of Tuscany. While visiting it you will have a chance to admire another artwork of Michelangelo – The Sagrestia Nuova, (“New Sacristy”) which he designed. It is a great example of Renaissance architecture, simple and sober. Another thing to admire in the church is the Cappella dei Principi which is totally different to the New Sacristy. It is heavily decorated in Baroque style. It is impressive to see those both so different styles in one church.
So are you now ready for Florence? Are you planning to visit the Italian city in a day, two days or a week? Whatever your plan for a trip or holidays is, make sure you will not miss the above Top 10 Things You Need to See in Florence when visiting it. Let me know if you have any questions or feedback. It is interesting and useful to exchange experiences and learn something new about this beautiful city – Florence! And on top of that I am coming back there…one day! And you?
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