In Florence, there is so much to see that even in a day or two, you quickly come to the realization that there are too many gems to see in so little time. We also concur that you should pick and choose what you want to see and do instead of trying to fit everything into a few days.
Here are some recommendations for the top places to visit in Florence to help you select what to see:
This museum became a beacon and is now regarded as one of the top museums in Florence when the Statue of David was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1882. People fly in from all over the world to see the enormous naked sculpture of David by Michelangelo. Its sheer scale, the realistic details, and the attitude of the young guy caught in the act of preparing to attack his foe are all stunning. One statue, in particular, has a famous reputation that is thoroughly justified and is among the best places to visit in Florence.
Florence Cathedral & Baptistry
This is a simple one. Anyone who visits Florence should begin with the center and soul of Florence, which is the Duomo. This red-tiled Dome is renowned throughout the world for its striking architectural feat. The climb to the top is an experience you’ll never forget.
The view from the top of Brunelleschi’s dome is definitely worth the long (and small) climb. It takes 430 steps to one of Florence’s most stunning views. You can also climb Giotto’s bell tower from which you can snap photographs from the top of the Dome. Whatever you choose, don’t overlook the view from the top.
Piazza Signoria & Palazzo Vecchio
The next destination the second one is Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s political scene and its most stunning square. The town’s hall, Palazzo Vecchio, with a Medieval fortress-like exterior and stunning Renaissance interior. The Medici lived there during the 16th century and completely renovated it to fit their tastes. Just in front of the entrance, an exact replica of the Statue of David greets visitors.
The Loggia dei Lanzi is a 14th-century extension of the square that was initially used for ceremonies held in public. A collection of statues are displayed in the loggia, dating that date from Roman sculptures through 18th-century. The striking “Perseus” holding the head of Medusa is a masterpiece created by Renaissance sculpture artist Cellini.
The Uffizi Gallery
Nearby, on Piazza Signoria, you find one of the most famous museums around the globe and that’s the Uffizi. It is comprised of more than 60 rooms that are filled of Renaissance art, with the most well-known works being Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Caravaggio, and many more Italian masters from around the world. Every art lover can explore Uffizi’s rooms, which are full of masterpieces. And if you happen to visit Florence it’s definitely worthwhile to visit and see what the fuss is about.
Pitti Palace & Boboli Garden
Pitti Palace is a vast and intimidating palace that houses a number of galleries. The palace is located on Oltrarno located just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio. You can see an amazing selection of Renaissance paintings in the Palatine Gallery, visit the 14 rooms in the grand Royal Apartments or look through the Costume or Silverware gallery.
Boboli Gardens Boboli Gardens are a vast park that is dotted with Renaissance Fountains, avenues, and statues. It is a great spot to unwind in the lush greenery.
Santa Maria Novella is our favorite church in Florence It is without a doubt. It is brimming with everything, from beautiful frescoes to a courtyard brimming with atmosphere, a façade that is pure poetry, and Masaccio’s famed “Trinity”, where the young artist tried his hand at using perspective to leave his fellow artists stunned.
It’s near Florence’s main railway station, in addition, its Santa Maria Novella square needs some attention and affection. However, you could easily take a few hours in the church and truly feel that you’re in Florence’s heart.
People who love Michelangelo and the Medici family will surely not want to miss the Medici Chapels. They were financed through the Medici as well as designed by famous names like Michelangelo as well as Bernardo Buontalenti, the chapels are a tribute to the Medici family as patrons of art and rulers of Florence.
The New Sacristy is an outstanding masterpiece of Michelangelo’s genius and includes the grave of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano. The elaborately decorated oval Chapel of the Princes, featuring a plethora of marble inlaid with semiprecious stone, will be awe-inspiring to you.
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