Florence is the birthplace of the Rennaissance. With the patronage of the wealthy Medici family, art flourished in the Tuscan city. Visit this beautiful city to admire the architecture, paintings and sculptures.
Sophie van der:The Uffizi is one of the most famous museums in the world. Here you'll find Rennaissance masterpieces like the Birth of Venus. Tickets have to be booked online and can sell out weeks in advance.
Sophie van der:If you want to experience the Uffizi without getting lost in all the amazing art, book a small group tour. The guide will tell you everything you need to know about the art you are looking at.
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Sophie van der:The Medici's were once one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Europe. They started as bankers in Florence and used their fortune to gain political power. Through strategic alliances and marriages, they placed family members in high power positions: Dukes, Popes and Queens. The Medici's were patrons of the arts and instrumental to the birth of Rennaissance in Florence.
Sophie van der:Palazzo Vecchio is now the City Hall, but it began as the original palace of the Medici's. When their wealth, status and influece grew they moved to a new palace on the other side of the Arno. The Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) became the seat for the city senate, which it still is today. The Palazzo Vecchio is open to visitors and showcases some incredible paintings, murals and decorated ceilings.
Sophie van der:The Medici's were so powerful that they built a walk bridge from their new to their old palace. That way, they didn't need to lower themselves to the level of the commoners. The corridor runs from Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio, over the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi. Part of the Corridor is open to the public.
Sophie van der:The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is simply known as the Duomo. The enormous cathedral is the growning glory of the city and one of its most famous landmarks. From the tricolor marble to the goldplated doors and the seperate bell tower, the Duomo is breathtaking from every angle. The inside is even more beautiful and one of the most impressive Cathedrals in Italy. The Duomo's biggest claim to fame is the inside of the cupola. Brunelleschi designed the ingenious double vaulted dome and decorated it with beautiful paintings.
Sophie van der:Santa Croce has a similar architectural style as the Cathedral. The church is especially well-known for housing the graves of famous Florentine citizens, such as Dante Alighieri. It is a beautiful church with a lovely courtyard.
Sophie van der:There is so much to see in the Duomo, it is worth booking a guided tour. This tour not only shows you the inside of the Cathedral, but also includes a ticket to climb it. Through a long and norrow staircase you can ascend the cupola to see Brunelleschi's work up close. For a spectacular view, you can climb all the way to the top of the Cathedral.
Sophie van der:The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is the oldest stone bridge in Florence, dating back to 1345. It crosses the Arno to connect the north and south bank of the city. Characteristic for the Ponte Vecchio are the many shops built onto the bridge. They originally belonged to butchers, who threw their waste directly into the river. But the Medici family couldn't stand the smell and replaces them all with jewelers. Those shops are still there.
Sophie van der:The square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio was named after the Singoria (senate) who used to rule the city. Now, it is known for the copies of famous statues displayed all around the square.
Sophie van der:If there is one place to get away from the heat and busstle in summer, it is the Boboli Gardens. The Boboli Gardens are the royal gardens belonging to Palazzo Pitti. The park is huge, with lots of different plants, statues and fountains.
Sophie van der:The Piazza della Republica was built on the site of the old Roman Forum. It later became a market and the ghetto. In the mid 19th century it was renovated to the elegant square you see today.