TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCE

TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCE - TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCE

TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCE

The Italian city of Florence is the capital of the hilly and tourist region of Tuscany. The city is divided in two by the Arno River and is rich in culture. The style of architecture is mainly due to Renaissance times. In the streets, squares, palaces and bridges you will find this style back. Many historians, such as scientist Galileo Galilei and the artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, were born in Florence. Or they will live there later. Dan Brown wrote the famous book ‘Inferno’, a story that takes place in Florence. In 2016 the book was also filmed. The book and the film are a big boost for tourism in Florence.

10. Santa Croce (church)

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The church of Santa Croce is located in the center of Florence in the same square. This building is known as one of Italy’s most beautiful basilica, built in gothic style. It is also the largest Franciscan church in the world. The building dates from the end of the 13th century and has been restored several times. The church is characterized by wide breadth and clarity. The richly decorated choir attracts attention immediately. There are many art treasures in the Santa Croce, including a beautiful pulpit made by Benedetto da Maiano and many Giotto frescoes. All people who paid for the church in the distant past, received a cemetery as a reward. There are therefore many graftombs present in the church, which among other things bury great celebrities.

TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCE

9. Medicea Laurenziana library

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Central in Florence is the Medicea Laurenziana library. This building is seen as a Renaissance masterpiece. The building dates from the beginning of the 16th century. Then Gialiano’s grandson came to the Medici with the proposal to build a large monastery library for the huge amount of books that the family of medicine had. It was Michelangelo who designed the building. The Medicea Laurenziana library is considered to be one of Michelangelo’s most beautiful and most complete designs with the hall of the vestibule (entrance hall). The building and the medical book collection can still be admired and reached through the monastery of the San Lorenzo church.

8. Dell ‘Accademia Gallery (Museum)

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Michelangelo’s famous Michelangelo sculpture is located in the centrally located Dell ‘Accademia Gallery. In addition, the museum has a collection of paintings from Renaissance times. It is advisable to purchase admission tickets for this famous museum (especially 4 days) in advance. This way you avoid the long queues for the cash register.

7. Palazzo Pitti (museum)

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The Pitti Palace is on the edge of the Giardion di Boboli park, just south of the Arno river and the city center. It was built in the 15th century for a design by Brunelleschi. It was the residence of the banker family Pitti. Later became the property of the famous Medici family. It has also been a part of the Italian royal family. You will see that again in the palace’s layout. Today there are several museums in the palace, including Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Galleria del Costume and Galleria Palatina, where works can be found among others Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and Rubens. The beautiful Botanical Gardens of the Boboli Park are also worth a visit.

6. Piazzale Michelangelo (view)

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From the Michelangelo square you have a beautiful view of Florence, which is because the square is on a hill. The square is located south of the Arno River. Central to the square is a memorial to Michelangelo. In this work, a copy of the famous sculpture ‘David’ (see number 8 of this list) is being processed among others.

TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCE

5. Ponte Vecchio (bridge)

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A bridge was built over the Arno River in the year 1345, which is called Ponte Vecchio. By a flood in 1333 the previous wooden bridge was destroyed and replaced by the Ponte Vecchio. The famous Medici family would like this bridge to provide a covered passage so that it could easily be run from the Vecchio Palace (the number 4 of this list) to the Pitti Palace (number 7 of this list). Thus, there was a beautiful colorful covered bridge , which nowadays symbolizes the city of Florence. On the bridge there are many jewelry stores built as a kind of protrusions on and on the bridge. That’s why there is always a lot of police on the bridge.

4. Palazzo Vecchio (museum)

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At the Della Signoria square (the number 2 of this list) is the Vecchio Palace. The building dates back to the early 14th century. Before it was named Vecchio Palace, it was also called Della Signoria Palace and Del Popolo Palace. For centuries, the centrally located building served as a workplace for the management of Florence. Nowadays, the palace is a museum of works by others Pontormo, Donatello and Mantegna. The Dante kill mask is also found in this museum. For the palace is a 19th-century replica of Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘David’, the true one in the Dell ‘Accademia gallery (the number 8 of this list).

3. Florence Cathedral

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The name of this church is basically the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. But usually the building is called the Cathedral of Florence or simply the Cathedral. The building dates from the Middle Ages, the end of the 13th century. Inside and outside, the building looks beautiful. In particular, the façade (frontage) has an impressive appearance. The building features red domes and an 85 meter tall tower called campanile. From this tower, which is reached by a staircase, you have a beautiful view of Florence. In the church building you will find a lot of peace and quiet. Striking is the beautiful decor that is placed in the floor tiles.

2. Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria - TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCEZolli / wikicommons

The centrally located Della Signoria square is Florence’s most famous square. Many important historical buildings are located in this square, including the Uffizi (the number 1 of this list) and the Vecchio Palace (the number 4 of this list). Also the town hall and Loggia dei Lanzi are in the square. The latter is an image gallery from the end of the 14th century, with among others the famous pieces ‘Hercules and the Centaur’, ‘The Sabine Virgo’ and ‘Perseus and Mendusa’.

1. Uffizi (museum)

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The Uffizi Museum is located in central Della Signoria square. This is a world-renowned museum, magical and giant. The museum has a wealth of art treasures, including many works of Michelangelo.Also famous works by Botticelli, Martini, Giotto and even our Rembrandt van Rijn are here to admire many famous pieces. Well-known works are Botticelli’s ‘La Primavera’ and ‘The Birth of Venus’. The Michelangelo ‘Tondo Doni’ also got a place in the Uffizi museum. The Uffizi was designed by Vasari and built on behalf of Francisco de Medici. Originally, it was a gallery, but it has also served as an office building in the past.

TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN FLORENCE

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