Evening panorama of Florence, Italy
Standing proudly amid the rolling hills of Tuscany, the capital of the region, Florence, is a must visit in Italy, if not all of Europe. The birthplace of the Renaissance and home to one of Europe’s most noble families, the House of Medici, Florence is historically known for being a political and cultural pioneer in the 15th century. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Florence’s historic city centre has set the scene for artistic and artisanal inspiration for centuries.
As you enter Florence, you become consumed in art. Starting in Piazza del Duomo, you are able to marvel at Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo. Its iconic ochre dome bursts past the threshold of the rest of the city’s modest skyline as a beacon of magnificence to all those who visit. For a panoramic view of the city, you can climb to the top of the dome, or head across the Arno river to Piazzale Michelangelo for a view that integrates the Cathedral’s remarkable design into the terracotta Florentine skyline.
Settled along the banks of the Arno river, the city is connected by a series of historic bridges, the most famous being the Ponte Vecchio. Propped up by stilts, the shops that line the bridge, originally occupied by butchers, are now filled with jewellers and art dealers. What’s more noteworthy is Vasari’s Corridor, a private hallway above the Ponte Vecchio’s shops that provided passage for the nobles from the Palazzo Pitti, the Medici’s Palace, to Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s town hall.
Beautiful facades and architectural feats aside, Florence also boasts a multitude of spectacular museums. Among them, one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery, which houses a priceless collection of Renaissance work, notably Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus. Additionally, Florence is home to the Galleria dell’ Accademia, while significantly smaller than the Uffizi it is still a must-see as it holds, among other artistic masterpieces, Michelangelo’s David.
While Florence was made famous by its resplendent history, its knack for artistic inspiration is still alive. Now, as you walk the cobbled streets you will be welcomed by shops and craftsmen selling artisanal goods from pottery to chocolate to textiles. If you want to escape the city and crowds, hop on a bike and follow the Arno River into the countryside. Stay along the river and you don’t need a map or guides, just a sense of adventure and, maybe, a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine.
Stand in front of Michelangelo's David
Climb to the top of Florence’s red-roofed Duomo
Visit the Pitti Palace
Shop on the Ponte Vecchio
Spend an afternoon in the Uffizi Gallery
Florence trip ideas
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