Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy: A Travel Diary and Guide

If you're a lover of art and architecture, Florence is the place for you.

From The Galleria dell'Accademia, where you'll be sure to get your art fix, to the architecture of the city, Florence is sure to leave you feeling some sort of way.




Here's our guide of things to do and see when you (hopefully!) find yourself in Florence, Italy in the near future.

ART

Accademia Gallery: Home of Michelangelo's David, which will be sure to take your breath away. The art gallery houses many other impressive works including unfinished works of Michelangelo. We highly recommend downloading ahead of time and listening to Rick Steve's audio tour to fully appreciate everything this gallery has to offer.
Uffizi Gallery: This gallery houses some of the most important collections of Italian Renaissance works of art including Botticelli's Birth of Venus and is one of the oldest art galleries in the world. Established in 1581, you won't want to miss their masterpieces.

ARCHITECTURE

Ponte Vecchio: This bridge was built in 1345 and walking across it is a must if not to only appreciate it's long history. During WWII, this was the only bridge the Germans dd not destroy. 
Palazzo Vecchio: The town hall of Florence built between 1298 and 1314.
Florence Cathedral: Construction on this cathedral was started in 1296 and to date remains the largest brick dome ever created. Incredibly beautiful, don't miss the opportunity to go inside. You'l also want to get tickets to climb to Brunelleschi's Dome where you'll get a beautiful birds eye view of the dome artwork before stepping outside to admire Giotto's Bell Tower
St John's Baptistery: Standing since it's construction in 1059, to step inside is to step back in time. It's mosaic covered interior is a must see.

Also Go See: Signoria Square, Piazza della Repubblica, The Basilica di San Lorenzo, Da Vinci Museum, Galileo Museum, National Museum of Bargello, Mercato Centrale

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