Florence attractions: take a tour through the Reinassance
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Florence attractions, a short list of places to visit in the cradle of Renaissance: Signoria square, Uffizi Gallery and Old Bridge, the Italian art in all its glory

Florence is one of the most important symbols of Italian art: region capital of Tuscany, founded in 59 a.c.. Visiting Florence and its attractions, you will be entranced by the artistic and architectural beauties of this city. It’s the paradise for lovers of art and culture.

Renaissance in Florence: from Dante to Michelangelo

Florence is the richest city of medieval monuments in Italy and in Europe. From  the 13th to 16th century, it has been the cradle of art and culture all over the continent.

Poets and writers such as Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio were born or lived in Florence, also painters such as Piero della Francesca, Giotto and Beato Angelico, architects such as Brunelleschi, sculptors such as Michelangelo and especially the most brilliant minds in the history of mankind: Leonardo da Vinci.

Now, you understand why Florence attractions has so famous?

In those centuries, Florence was the birthplace of an innovative impulse that led Europe from the darkness of the Middle Ages to the enlightened variety of artistic and cultural expressions of the Renaissance.

Best Florence attractions

Today, Florence has managed to mix the features of a modern city with the respect to the ancient monuments. The city is surrounded by large external avenues that make easier the access to the medieval quarter so that visitors can enjoy “The best Florence attractions”: the beauty of the “Duomo”, its baptistry and its belfry, of the Signoria Square with its palace of XIII century, actual house of the Town Hall, of the Uffizi Gallery, one of the greatest museums in the world, of the Ponte Vecchio with its handcrafted jewelry, of Palazzo Pitti , fashion center, and of many other architectural wonders.

Florence attractions short list: do not miss them!

1. Florence attraction: The Old Bridge

Florence: Old Bridge

Florence: Old Bridge Echiner1. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The famous Old Bridge crosses the Arno river. One of its peculiarities is that, along the bridge, there are small houses and shops, many of them seem to be hanged on the sides of the bridge. This, and the characteristic arches, make this bridge a architectural work of art.

 

2. Florence attraction: the Signoria Square

Signoria Square in Florence, Italy

Florence: Signoria Square Ed Webster. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

In Signoria Square, you can admire several sculptures including “The Rape of the Sabine Women”, “Hercules and the Centaur Nesso” and “The Fountain of Neptune”.

3. Florence attraction: The Old Palace

Florence, Italy: The Old Palace, Salone dei 500: Da Vinci Vs Michelangelo

Florence: The Old Palace, Salone dei cinquecento Eusebius. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

The Old Palace or Signoria Palace built in 1294, whose walls are adorned with frescoes by Vasari. Its rooms are filled with artwork of famous artists.

4. Florence attraction: Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery, Florence (Italy): The Birth of Venus

Florence: Uffizi Gallery, Birth of Venus Pietro Zanarini. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Uffizi Gallery, is located inside the Palace of the Medici family. It goes back  to 1560. You can admire a large collection of Italian and  not Italian art including Leonardo da Vinci’s  and Botticelli ‘s works. Maybe it’s the best Florence attraction.

5. Florence attraction: The Basilica of the Holy Cross

Florence, Italy: Florence: Basilica of Holy Cross

Florence: Holy Cross Graeme Churchard. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Basilica of the Holy Cross, it houses the tombs of famous characters such as Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo among others. Its construction was initiated in 1295.

6. Florence attraction: The Duomo

Duomo of Florence, Italy

Duomo of Florence Dennis Jarvis. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duomo of Florence or Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower, its dome, engineered by Brunelleschi, is the main feature of the Florence skyline. The entire cathedral, Giotto’s campanile (ring bell) and Baptistery (also located in Duomo Square) are World Humane Heritage.

7. Florence attraction: Galleria dell’Accademia

Florence attractions: David of Michelangelo

Florence attractions: David xlibber. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Galleria dell’Accademia is the home of the original David of Michelangelo, maybe the most famous Florence attraction. In fact, the statue located in the Signoria square, in front of the Old Palace, is only a copy.

This is just a small example of the wonders you can see in Florence. A city which deserves your full attention. You will be entranced by its landscapes and houses and its so typical building. Visit Florence and see with your own eyes why  it is one of the most visited and admired cities in the world.

Enjoy this route in Florence

1) Holy Cross, 2) Uffizi Gallery, 3) Old Bridge, 4) Signoria Square and the Old Palace, 5) The Duomo, 6) Galleria dell’Accademia