Some of the most famous medieval and Renaissance artists have spent part of their lives in Florence. The Top 10 Tourist Attractions Florence includes a number of famous museums and churches. The city also has many beautiful squares.
Top 10 Tourist Attractions Florence
Florence Cathedral is dedicated to Santa Maria dei Fiori. The bell tower by Giotto and the dome designed by Brunelleschi are world famous. A very special feature is that this church is built around another cathedral.
Unless you like to queue for hours, reservations are a must at the Galleria degli Uffizi. Botticelli‘s “Birth of Venus” is one of the most famous masterpieces in art history, but almost every Italian master’s work can be seen here.
3. Piazzale Michelangelo
The most beautiful view of Florence can be enjoyed from this square on a hill in the middle of the city. If you look in one direction you can see the Arno with all its picturesque bridges and in the other direction the famous dome of the Duomo towers above everything. Piazzale Michelangelo is at its best at sunset.
4. Boboli Garden
The Giardino di Boboli is located behind Palazzo Pitti. Throughout the garden are statues of famous masters such as Giambologna and Vasari. There is also a pond with a number of fake caves and fountains can be seen everywhere. From the “Garden of the Knight” one looks out over the suburbs of Florence.
5. Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio is the former town hall of Florence. It is located in Piazza della Signoria. The palace is full of sculptures by Leonardo Da Vinci and Donatello and some of the walls of the palace were painted by Vasari.
6. Ponte Vecchio
Florence‘s most romantic bridge, so impressive that even Hitler‘s troops shied away fromdestroy it. Meat used to be sold, then jewellery and nowadays, unfortunately, only tourist rubbish. Above Ponte Vecchio is the famous Vasari designed passageway.
7. San Lorenzo Basilica
The San Lorenzo Basilica was built in the 4th century, which makes it probably the oldest church in the city. Donatello is buried here, but more importantly, the Medici Chapels are located in this church. Originally it was the cathedral of the city.
The Battistero San Giovanni is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. The doors made by Lorenzo Ghiberti on the north and east side even made Michelangelo sigh that they were so beautiful that they could have formed the entrance to Paradise, which immediately led to the nickname “Gates of Paradise”.
9. Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria has always been the political centre of the city. The whole square, framed by famous buildings, is full of masterpieces of sculpture (or perfect copies of these masterpieces).
10. Michelangelo’s David
One of these sculptures is Michelangelo’s David, the original of which can be seen in the Galleria dell’Accademia. In Piazza della Signoria is a copy and there is also a smaller version of the David in the Piazzale Michelangelo.