For art lovers, Florence has no equal in Europe. The development of the Renaissance can be plotted in the vast picture collection of the Uffizi and in the sculpture of the Bargello and theMuseo dell’Opera del Duomo. Equally revelatory are the fabulously decorated chapels of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, forerunners of such astonishing creations as Masaccio’s superb frescoes in the Cappella Brancacci. The Renaissance emphasis on harmony and rational design is expressed with unrivalled eloquence in Brunelleschi’s architecture, specifically in the churches ofSan Lorenzo, Santo Spirito and the Cappella dei Pazzi. While the full genius of Michelangelo, the dominant creative figure of sixteenth-century Italy, is on display in San Lorenzo’s Biblioteca Laurenziana and the marble statuary of the Cappelle Medicee and the Accademia, every quarter of Florence can boast a church worth an extended call, and the enormous Palazzo Pitti south of the river constitutes a museum district on its own. If you’re on a whistle-stop tour, note that it’s not possible to simply stroll into the Cappella Brancacci, and that spontaneous visits to the Accademia and Uffizi are often difficult. The greater Florence area has a number of towns and attractions to entice you on a day-trip from the city or even act as a base for exploring the region. City buses run northeast to the hill-village of Fiesole, while inter-town services run south into the hills of Chianti, Italy’s premier wine region.
Things To Do in Florence
Plan ahead and make the most of your visit to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence with a guided tour. Bypass the long wait at one of the city’s most popular attractions, and head straight inside the historic galleries with an expert guide who will lead you straight to must-see highlights like Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Medusa,’ plus hidden treasures you might miss on your own. After this insightful art history tour, continue exploring the museum at your leisure.
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Hear the fascinating history behind the dome before beginning the ascent up its 463 steps. Expect a steep climb, as the trip can take approximately 45 minutes. As you travel up, admire the frescoes from Renaissance artists like Zuccari and Vasari on the two shells of the dome. Then, arrive at the top and enjoy the reward for all your hard work. Stroll along the cupola’s balcony to soak up 360-degree views of Florence and the Tuscan hills stretched out below. Your guide will provide insightful background on Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect behind this Renaissance masterpiece.
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At the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, you can visit the famous DAVID of Michelangelo. The tickets are usually sold out, I advise to buy it some months before your visit
Santa Maria Novella
A few steps from the Duomo, there is the Central Market where you can find nice clothes (leather too) with amazing prices. You can also buy cheese, wine and tipical products from this beautiful reagion.
Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia
With its remarkable height and slim body, the Tower of Pisa was in fact perfectly visible from every part of Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracles Square) and probably also from the river Arno. The problem of the inclination is one that has most fascinated and intrigued visitors, art lovers, and experts over the centuries. It is the feature that has made Tower of Pisa so famous all over the world. Adding to the appeal is the fact that the reasons for the inclination of the building are still fairly mysterious.
The Mall Shopping Area
Departing from Florence, enjoy stress-free transportation to Prada Space and the Mall, each offering 30 to 50 percent on high-end clothes and accessories. Try on your favorite names from Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Prada and more, before traveling back to Florence after a fun day browsing.
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