The 10 best places to visit in Florence

 

Having opened only fairly recently to the public the Italian Renaissance garden of Giardino Bardini boasts hanging lavender gardens, many statues and one of the finest panoramic views over the centre of Florence.

10. Giardino Bardini

 

Work first began on the Basilica Of The Holy Cross in 1294 AD and to this day remains the largest Franciscan church in the world. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, because of which it is sometimes called the Temple of Italian Glories. Within the church behind the Neo Gothic marble facade are sixteen chapels, many of which are decorated with fine frescoes. 

9. Basilica Di Santa Croce

 

The Palazzo Palace is a Renaissance style palace dating back to 1458, today the largest museum complex in Florence it sits on an elevated site overlooking the centre of the city. The grand building in it's garden surroundings is divided into many different galleries that hold valuable works of art from different periods of Italian history.

8. Palazzo Pitti

 

Commissioned in 1565 for the wedding of The Grand Duke of Tuscany and Joanna of Austria the Fountain Of Neptune was designed to signify the dominion of Florentines over the sea. Built by the finest Florentine sculptors and casters it stands in the wonderful surroundings of the Piazza Della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. The main statue of Neptune was replaced in the 19th century whilst the original was moved to the national museum where it can still be viewed.

7. Fontana Del Nettuno

 

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museums in Italy and one of the largest and best known in the world, holding a collection of priceless works from the Italian Renaissance, including the world famous Birth Of Venus painting by Botticelli and Caravaggio's Medusa.

6. Galleria Degli Uffizi

 

Rebuilt in 1345 after the original was washed away by floodwaters, The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is a medieval bridge that is one of only four on the planet to have shops across it's entire span. It has become symbolic of the city and is one of it's most visited attractions.

5. Ponte Vecchio

 

To the south of the city centre is Michelangelo Square, built in 1869 it was dedicated to the Italian Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, with bronze copies of some of his most famous works including a large statue of David at it's centre. Built in a terraced style it offers one of the finest panoramic viewpoints over Florence.

A short walk from Michelangelo Square is Abbazia Di San Miniato Al Monte, built on even higher ground it also offers excellent views over the city.

4. Piazzale Michelangelo

 

In the Piazza Della Signoria, the central square of the city, visitors will find the town hall of Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio with it's iconic square stonework facade and 94 metre (308 ft) bell tower. Today this wonderful building of courtyards and opulent rooms of frescoed ceilings is a museum holding many statues, sculptures and priceless works of art.

3. Palazzo Vecchio

 

Unveiled in 1504 AD in the Italian city of Florence is one of the most famous works of art in human history, Michelangelo's statue of David. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues to line the roof of Florence Cathedral, David was instead placed within the public square outside the Palazzo Vecchio. Representing the Biblical hero David, the statue soon came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied within Florence. Moved to the Galleria dell'Accademia in 1873 it remains on display there to this day. Standing 5.17 metres (17 ft) tall, sculpted from marble, the masterpiece of Michelangelo, considered the greatest artist of all time, the statue of David is one of the rarest pieces on Earth, a true treasure of humanity.

2. David

 

Completed in 1436 after 140 years in the making is the 'Cathedral Of Saint Mary Of The Flowers', better known as Florence Cathedral, one of the most celebrated buildings in Europe. This wonderfully detailed and elaborately decorated Italian Gothic Renaissance church complex along with the Florence Baptistery and the freestanding Giotto's Campanile tower are three of the main buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers the historic centre of Florence.

1. Duomo Di Firenze

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