Florence is an Italian town, the capital of the Tuscany region. A city waiting to be discovered, the ancient heart of the Renaissance, rich in historical monuments. Visiting all of Florence in a few days is virtually impossible, because there are numerous things this city has to offer. However, if all you have is these few days, there are monuments that you can’t miss. Let’s see how to visit the most important monuments of Florence in a few days.
Piazza della Signoria
The first place to visit in Florence is the Piazza della Signoria, where you can visit the Loggia della Signoria with its copy of the important statues, including Michaelangelo’s David. For those of you wanting to see the original work, go to Galleria dell’ Accademia. You can also go to Palazzo Vecchio, the ancient residence of the Medici’s daughter and the Galleria degli Uffizi, animportant goal of various art lovers. Inside the gallery there are important works by painters such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. Next to the Palazzo della Signoria, you can also admire the Palazzo Pitti, in which you can visit museums filled with works of art, such as paintings by Titian and Caravaggio.
Near Piazza della Signoria, there is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in Piazza Duomo. This church was built by Brunelleschi, who also designed the huge dome that is currently open. Inside the Duomo there are masterpieces by artists such as Donatello and Luca della Rabbia. Outside the Cathedral, there is the magnificent bell tower of Giotto. The Baptistery of San Giovanni, located in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Fiore, is important for the fresco of the Last Judgement of Buffalmacco and the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti, made of gold.
Santa Maria del Fiore
Moving towards the east of the city center, you will reach the Santa Croce district where you can admire the splendid Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the world’s largest Franciscan basilicas. From here you can reach the other beautiful Basilica present in the city of Florence, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, located in the square. The upper part of the facade of this church and the entrance were made by Leon Battista Alberti.
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Finally, to conclude your brief visit to this wonderful city, you can not miss the famous Ponte Vecchio. This is the oldest bridge in the city, where you can admire the fantastic and lovely scenery, watching the flow of the Arno river. On this bridge that is unique in the world we can visit the shops of goldsmiths, located in small houses built on the bridge.
Florence photos by: FRANCO CELANT, Alison, Mrscurlyhead, Daniel Jeffries, 1982Chris911
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By +Nikos Kontorigas