Florence Sightseeing

One of Italy’s oldest cities, Florence has long been known for being a center of fine arts and fine living. Art lovers flock to here in droves, drawn by the legendary artists who once called this place home. There are palaces, beautiful city squares, and the famous Piazza Della Signoria. Even if you’re not an art lover, you’ll still appreciate Florence’s vibe.

Be sure to cover all the major highlights, as they’re worth visiting. The Duomo is a great start – the cathedral of the city is a great architectural mix of Middle Ages and Renaissance. It’s an impressive structure, with spires that can be seen all over town. With the right guide for a Florence sightseeing tour, you can even visit the exclusive terraces of the Duomo, with breath-taking views of the entire city.

Head over to the Loggia Dei Lanzi, the city’s traditional outdoor sculpture space, with ancient Roman sculptures to 16th-century masterpieces. And who can forget Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s oldest bridge, home to expensive gold shops that have been around since the Renaissance.

You must visit one of the most famous museums in the world: the Uffizi. This place is home to the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, like Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonard da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and more. Many original world-famous paintings are found here – the kind you’ve grown up seeing in books, movies, pop culture, etc. It’s no wonder Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance! You’ll see further evidence at the Renaissance square of Santa Maria Novella. Nearby is an antique pharmacy, and a church which was founded by Dominican monks in 1221.

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Don’t think that Florence is all classical art, though: contemporary art is very much alive and well within the city! You’ll find many great pieces in places like the Pazzagli Art Park, the Garden of Roses, and the Museo Marino Marini. There are many sculpture gardens as well, such as the Daniel Spoerri Garden, and the Phalle Tarot Garden. Seeing Florence by night may also offer you a different perspective when the city is alight. Enjoy the artwork in front of Santa Maria Novella Church, and then move on to Cathedral Square and Republic Square. Admire the Baptistery, the Giotto bell tower, and Santa Maria del Fiore.

What better way to end your time in Florence than by sampling the local wines? Get just beyond the city to visit ancient wine cellars dug directly into the rock in the basements where oil, cheese, and salami are kept at perfect temperatures. Dig into Tuscan cuisine while enjoying the views. Visit a castle surrounded by beautiful frescoes. Sample many glasses of wine. What more could you want from a vacation?

You’ll fall in love while Florence sightseeing. When you’re ready to make your plans – we’ve got you covered. If you’d like to learn more check out Explore Florence.

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