Florence - which is also known as Firenze in Italian - is famous for its captivating and historical architecture. It has several places of importance that would catch the fancy of any tourist.
For starters, it is the birthplace of Renaissance art due to the pioneering work of the goldsmith Brunelleschi in designing the massive dome of the Florence cathedral.
If you want a dose of beautiful scenery filled with historical buildings, mesmerizing gardens, masterpiece paintings, and sculpture Florence is the place to be.
Let’s dive in to what Florence has to offer:
1. Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
This is one massive Cathedral and it is a sight to behold. Popularly called the Duomo by most people, the Cathedral has one of the biggest domes in the world. So much so it is called the Jewel of The City. Built in 1436, the Florentines designed their beloved cathedral to be seen from anywhere in the city.
Its impressive height and size tower above all other buildings in the city to date. The Cathedral’s design is also exquisite and done with utmost care. The exterior façade of the building is covered with white and red marbles and complemented with a green polychrome design. At the entrance and to your right sits the statue of Brunelleschi.
As you continue exploring this monument, you will tread on intricately crafted mosaic pavements. And above your head is the spectacular ceiling fresco of the Last judgment designed by the famous Giorgio Vasari. If you can brave the 463 narrow stairs of the Duomo, a picturesque view of Florence in all its glory awaits you at the top.
2. The Boboli Gardens
You don’t want to miss this garden on your visit to Italy. Created in the 16th century, it is the inspiration behind many formal Italian and European gardens of that era. It is called the open-air museum due to several historic statues displayed in the garden. In addition, the garden has several lawns, fountains, large ponds, varieties of trees, exotic flowers, and plants. Nature lovers would find this garden enchanting and relaxing. The garden was listed by UNESCO as one of the World’s Heritage Sites.
3. Uffizi Gallery
Founded in 1581, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the prominent art museums in the world. The gallery’s collections range from ancient paintings and sculptures to Renaissance and modern art.
Famous Artworks at the Gallery
Here are some famous works that can be found at the Gallery; Doni Tondo or Holy Family by Michelangelo, The Birth of Venus depicted by Sandro Botticelli, sculpture of Laocoon and his sons by Baccio Bandinelli, painting of The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio, and canvas work of Medusa by Caravaggio.
All creative art lovers should endeavor to pay this museum a visit.
4. The Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge across the Arno River in Florence that the Germans did not destroy during World War II. Apart from the amazing piece of history associated with the bridge, it is famous for the shops found on the sides.
Tourists can get a piece of Italian jewelry, artworks, souvenirs and more at these shops. Food lovers should not miss the mouth-watering Gelato and local dishes Italian vendors have to offer.
5. Santa Croce
The Italian’s love for religion, history, and art is unprecedented. Santa Croce is another striking cathedral that doubles as a museum you shouldn’t miss it on your trip to Florence.