Tuscany’s Cities of Art : Florence
Florence is the city of the Renaissance and Italian art. Thanks to its artistic heritage, it is one of the most visited cities in the world. The atmosphere of yesteryear can still be experienced in Florence’s historic centre, named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Under the Medici family, it became the cradle of the Renaissance, with several artists calling it home. Leonardo da Vinci spent much of his youth there and Michelangelo also lived in Florence.
- Piazza del Duomo is in the historic centre. Those who enter Piazza del Duomo in Florence are impressed by its beauty and the magnificence of the works found there. It is dominated by the large, stately Cathedral (Duomo) of Santa Maria del Fiore and Brunelleschi’s massive dome. The cathedral’s bell tower was designed by Giotto.
Inside the cathedral are valuable works of art by Andrea del Castagno, Donatello, Paolo Uccello, and Luca della Robbia. The Baptistery of Saint John is famous for Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, made of gold.
- Piazza della Signoria is the heart of the city. From here, it is very easy to reach the main museums, the Ponte Vecchio, and Florence’s most important basilicas.
- Palazzo Vecchio, located in Piazza della Signoria, is the seat of Florence’s municipal offices. It was once the residence of the Medici family.
- Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence. Today it is famous for the ancient goldsmiths’ workshops that line it.
- The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museums in the world. In the museum are large collections of paintings by the most important artists of the Renaissance, including Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio, and Raphael.
- Palazzo Pitti is near Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. Once a residence of the Medici family. Today it is home to such important museums as the Palatine Gallery, filled with works of art by Rubens, Caravaggio, and Titian.
- The Boboli Gardens was created as Palazzo Pitti’s gardens, and is a veritable outdoor museum.
- The lovely panorama from Piazzale Michelangelo, one of the most beautiful and romantic in all of Florence, is worthy of wonder.
Today Florence it is also an important city for Italian fashion.
Florence is served by the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, with direct domestic and international flights.