The Cathedral Square is the heart of the historic center of Florence. Dominated by many important historic buildings, the visitor cannot help but endorse the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the largest and most beautiful cathedrals in Europe, also famous for its dome created by Brunelleschi. From 1334 to 1350 the direction of the works at the Cathedral was entrusted to Giotto, who also designed the bell tower, which takes its name.
Uffizi Art Gallery
One of the most famous Italian museums and the most visited in the world, the Uffizi Gallery gathers an impressive collection of priceless art works that represent some of the greatest masterpieces of humanity, originating mostly from the art collections of the Medici family, a very old and wealthy Italian dynasty. Among the artists with works on display in the Uffizi Gallery the visitor can admire Caravaggio, Titian, Giotto, Botticelli, Rubens and Rembrandt, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. The Uffizi Gallery is divided between multiple rooms representing different historical, cultural and artistic periods as the Hall of the Middle Ages which houses works by Giotto, the Hall of the Early Renaissance with masterpieces of Filippo Lippi. Inside the Uffizi Gallery can be found exclusive spaces reserved exclusively to important artists as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.
Second only to the Uffizi Gallery by number of annual visitors, the Accademia Gallery is the museum housing the largest number of sculptures by Michelangelo in the world, including David (1501 – 1504), a priceless masterpiece of world sculpture, one of the universal symbols of Florence and Italy in the world. One of the art masterpieces capable of changing the idea of beauty and aesthetics in Renaissance, the David can be seen reproduced in Piazza della Signoria in Florence, the center of social and political life of the city .
Basilica di Santa Croce
The Basilica of Santa Croce is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Italy. Also called the Temple of Italian Glories, it guards inside the graves of many famous Italians including Ugo Foscolo, Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei. In 1865 , on the occasion of the sixth centenary of the birth of Dante Alighieri, a monument depicting the Florentine poet was sculpted by Enrico Pazzi, placed on the front of the Basilica.
Florence great historical park, Boboli Gardens is the most important example of Italian gardens in the world, hosting every year more than eight hundred thousand visitors. A veritable outdoor museum, the Boboli Gardens was initially born as park belonging to the Pitti Ducal Palace, and it’s an important tourist place not only for its beauty but also for the green landscape setting that allows the visitor to enjoy lovely views of Florence in all its glory. Inside the beautiful park it is also worth noting the impressive collection of sculptures with origins from the ancient Rome until the twentieth century and the buildings as the Kaffeehouse (1776 ) and Limonaia ( 1778), whose internal space still holds rare or even unique citrus varieties.
Undisputed symbol of Florentine art, jewelry and overall Italan style in the world, Ponte Vecchio was built between 972 and 974. With its arched innovative style, Ponte vecchio served as a model for the later building of other bridges in Italy as the Rialto Bridge in Venice, thus overcoming the architectural model of the Roman bridge construction style.