If there is a city in the world that history and art lovers need to add to their bucket list of places to visit at least once, that is Florence. Considered by many scholars as the Renaissance birthplace, Florence has always been one of the richest cities in Italy. Located in the northern region of Tuscany, Florence’s culture blossomed surrounded by vineyards. If you are looking for a stunningly beautiful city full of monuments to discover during your next holidays, then look no further, Florence is the best choice for you.
Florence is one of the cities with the richest history in the world. The city has make a lot of effort in order to preserve its multiple monuments, which makes this city feel like a giant museum on its own. From antique buildings, to museums, to stunning bridges on top of the Arno river, you can not visit Florence without stumbling across an amazing new place to discover every few steps. All of this is crowned with one of the most exquisite gastronomies in the world. The tuscany is famous for its wine, olive oil, cheeses, etc. and all these traditional flavours meet in Florence.
The result is a city full of once in a lifetime experiences you can not stop visiting.
Florence main attractions
Florence is a city full of wonders. With so much to discover during our holidays, we need to plan our trip carefully so we do not end up missing on anything. Down below you will be able to find some of our favorite places in the city so you can try and include them during your Florence itinerary.
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo is the most renown tourist place in Florence. It is considered the main religious centre of the city. It features three renown monuments: the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Battistero di San Giovanni and the Campanile de Giotto.
The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the most beautiful and stunning catholic churches in Florence. Its signature look is given by the white and green marble in which this monument was built along with its 45m dome. This cathedral was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and inside we can find the crypt that holds the tomb of Brunelleschi, the architect in charge of the design of the dome. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore features multiple religious artworks displayed along its walls, but if you are looking for something truly amazing, we recommend that you go up to the dome. The stairs have 463 steps, but if you manage to get to the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views of Florence.
The Campanile de Giotto is the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore’s bell tower. Its proportions, design and colours make it one of the most beautiful bell towers in the entire country. The tower is decorated with multiple religious pieces and the same colours the cathedral uses. From top of this bell tower you will be able to enjoy more amazing views of Florence.
The Battistero di San Giovanni is the most ancient building in Florence. Its white and green marble matches the one used on the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Inside this building we will find the tomb of a famous pope, an explendid byzantine mosaic and some stunning bronze doors depicting scenes from the Old Testament.
Ponte Vecchio is one of the most picturesque monuments in Florence. It is located on top of river Arno and its main feature that attracts people from all around the world is its hanging houses. Originally, butchers resided on these houses, but as time passed by, it became a meeting place for jewelers and artisans. This makes up for a really unique place you will not be able to find anywhere else in the world.