Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, and also one of the most historical (in a country filled with historical cities). Around 16 million tourists visit it every year, and it isn’t hard to see why once you’ve been. It has numerous breathtaking sights like the Pontevecchio bridge, and the town itself is the cradle of the Italian Renaissance movement.
If you are a lover of the arts or just love Italian culture in general, you may find yourself looking for accommodation for rent for a long-term stay. The thought of being able to see the Duomo every day is enough to make some people want to live there.
Here are some of the highlights of Florence.
You are probably going to get through lines to get inside, but it is completely worth it. This is one of the most important Italian museums so don’t skip it. Even if you are not the biggest fan of art, the experience of visiting this museum is mesmerizing.
This building was not originally created to be a museum. The halls of the top floor used to be only accessible to the Grand Ducal Family, the servants, and selected guests, but fortunately for us now anyone can access this place. Here you can see famous paintings like the Primavera and Birth of Venus from Botticelli, the Madonna and Child With Two Angels from Filippo Lippi, as well as the Sacrifice of Isaac from Caravaggio.
If you go with a personal guide you’ll be sure that you won’t miss any of the masterpieces from the museum.
Wait until 4 pm when the large groups are gone to walk through the Medici offices and the views over the hills.
This is the right attraction for those who hate crowded places and love to enjoy the nature and expansive views of Florence. It is located near the Boboni garden and it is a relatively unknown garden. It is a renaissance garden that contains six fountains, a baroque flight of steps with bourbon roses and irises are planted along with it. One of the best parts of this garden is that it is a well-kept secret from the big crowds.
It is a renaissance palace that exists since 1458 and was even used as a power base by Napoleon. It is now the largest museum complex in Italy. It is the home of several museums like the silver museum which exhibits objects from Chinese and Japanese porcelain, precious stones, and jewelry from the Medici era. It has a costume gallery which is the only museum of the history of fashion in Italy, and contains costumes from the 18th to 20th century. The palatine gallery exhibits the work from Tiziano, Raphael, and other renaissance artists. The royal apartment is a suite of 14 rooms which were used by the Medici family and contains a collection of the Medici portraits.
They are directly behind the Palazzo Pitti and are the true example of an “Italian garden”. The gardens are adorned with grottos, large fountains, sculptures, ancient oak trees. The garden looks like a scene of the secret garden movie. It is a true oasis in the city. Visiting the Boboli Gardens is a truly remarkable experience.