This is an important historical landmark, situated in the Italian city of Florence (Tuscany). The Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence that was not destroyed during the occupation of Italy in World War II, which it is said is because of the orders given by Hitler. At the beginning of its existence, it connected the historical buildings on both sides of the river Arno, the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti. There were butchers shops which then had to leave in the year 1593 in order to increase the prestige of the bridge. Then jewelers and gold dealers set up their shops there, continuing this tradition until today. It is one of the most important place in Italy, because of its beauty and importance.
Without drawing attention away from the majesty of its dome, approaching the Duomo is even more exciting because we can quickly feel the vertigo of the high tower, solid and white, the delicacy of the Baptistery doors or the strength of the walls of the cathedral. It is always full of people, no matter the time of day. There is always a queue to climb the bell tower and admire the city of arts, the frescoes in the dome or the precious and colorful marble floor. Do not forget to admire the walls, tombs and Renaissance frescoes. But surely the mixture of marbles outside are what caught my attention, that unique combination that looks like paint but in actual fact is rock art. That is Florence.
This square was the center of Florentine power in their time of greatest splendor. Its non-symmetrical shape makes it a very unique place, while the small (or large) artworks that it contains form a unique and irreplaceable mosaic. You have the Palazzo Vecchio (Town Hall), the Loggia dei Lanzi, pavement cafes, the Neptune Fountain. Basically, it's a good place to visit to enjoy yourself and let go.
My experience was amazing. I took a trip through Italy starting in Florence and I'm still amazed at how beautiful it was. I didn't expect it. I recommend that if you go to Italy, pass through Florence and to the Piazzale Michelangelo at night. You won't be sorry. It's beautiful, especially the view of Florence since you see everything from here. All my best!
This museum with 50 rooms houses a multitude of pieces, including paintings from the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, and other incredible works, it can be exhausting and chaotic, so I recommend taking a break, and looking for the cafeteria and its terrace. Not the food nor the prices are recommended, but the views certainly are. The clock tower of the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza are a step away. Watch the pigeons, they don't bite!
The Palazzo Vecchio is the most important civil building in Florence. Its construction began in 1299 at the request of Arnolfo di Cambio. Initially it was the seat of the Priors of the Arts and the Signoria and the home of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici, until they moved to the Palazzo Pitti. During the period 1550-1565, Vassari completely decorated it to make it available to the ruling family. It now boasts a stunning interior, with its rooms and bedrooms, the living room of the Cinquecento, the Hall of Francesco I de Medici etc.
The Basilica of Santa Croce was built in Florence in 1294 on the remains of a Franciscan church after the death of St. Francis of Assisi. It is located in the Plaza of the same name. Since its inception it has been a very important church. It has always been a meeting place for nobility, especially the Medici family. Throughout its history, it has undergone many modifications, ending up today as the Pantheon of the Italian Glories. Within the basilica are the tombs of Dante, Macchiavelo, Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo and others. A very interesting place.
The entrance of the "Piazza della Republica" used to be the center of Florence during medieval Roman times. Today, the square is still just as lively thanks to its beauty and tourists. Come and enjoy the street performances and musicians at night! It also has a carousel and many shops to enjoy.
To see Michelangelo's David is priceless, especially on Thursdays from 19 to 22h when the entry is free. That is, if you can get there early enough because there is always a line. You must stop here if you visit the city. I leave you with a picture of David from behind. You can discover the front when you come in person to see it.
The Renaissance palace of Pitti is another thing that simply cannot be missed in the Tuscan city. Across the Arno river over most points of interest in the city, it's known just as much for its architecture as for its spectacular gardens. It also used to be a royal residence in the past.
There are many ways to visit the region of Tuscany in Italy. One of them is through the traces of the Renaissance: Medieval Architecture, Goethe, Florentine, and Mannerist paintings among other visual arts, so famous but also so forgotten...
You can also visit Tuscany to enjoy the gastronomy such as the Florentine Bisteca, the delicious Salami, soups like Minestrone, and pasta dishes. And the wines in the Chianti! Who there hasn't tasted the Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano wine or the world famous Chianti?
But today I'll show you around Tuscany through the river Arno. Although not navigable, runs from east to west in the region. Born in the Apennines and linking Florence to Pisa, to other less notable populations. It flows into the Ligurian Sea. Of course, the means of transport must be by car or train. Its banks are a reflection of the architecture and landscape of Tuscany. Many bridges cross it, of course, for example the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. It brings together artists, goldsmiths and jewelers with ancient tradition.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is one of the largest churches of Florence. It is located northwest of the old part of the city near the railway station. Its facade boasts with different colorful marbles. Predominantly white and green, it was completed in 1470 by the Genoese, Leon Battista Alberti. Its wonderful facade is one of the most important works of the Italian Renaissance. The Basilica together with the square and adjoining buildings is impressive. There is also the Convent with its cloisters, which houses a museum with five different chapels.
The Market of San Lorenzo, which is also known as the Straw Market is an absolute must. Once you start walking around the city you will surely pass through or very close to it. No doubt you will be there when you visit Santa Maria del Fiore (another must). In another sense, be sure to take a tour around the market and see the different things they sell: from food, live chickens, dresses, antique hats and also have straw hats and straw bags which are very beautiful and you will use forever. Of course prices will be lower than a business but you always have to bargain fairly. It's a nice place to clear your head before you head out again to see all the beauty that Florence has to offer.
The Giardino Bardini is an English garden located in the Oltrarno area and can be accessed with the same ticket as Boboli gardens. It's somewhat difficult to find, because the signs take you through the parking lot and out onto the street, where the directions disappear. However, it's a cozy garden and, with it being so remote, it's practically empty. Of all the sights, the best is the Belvedere and its cafeteria because of its breathtaking views of the city. Having a coffee while admiring the scenery in one of the few remaining tourist-free strongholds in Florence is priceless.
I discovered her on the travel at the end of the route, and I fell for her and the city of Florence ... Part of my family that I hadn't yet met lived beside. This place takes you back to the Italian Renaissance and you can almost see Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and other artists of the time walking and observing everything around .... It is a magical feeling.
The famous Campanile of Giotto, is a 82 meters high, free-standing campanile. It belongs to Santa Maria del Fiore the Duomo (cathedral) of Florence and was designed by the famous artist whom it got it's name from. Unfortunately Giotto di Bondone, better known by his first name, died during the construction of his work. It was continued by Andrea Pisano and later completed by Francesco Talenti. Apart from an architect, Giotto di Bondone was also a painter and sculptor. Some of the friezes in the campanile are his. Although Giotto was unable to finish the campanile, it is still known worldwide under his name, although others collaborated with him on the construction of the project.
The famous Baptistery of San Giovanni attracts everyone ve comes to Florence, particularly for the beauty of its bronze doors. La Porta del Paradiso (Gate of Paradise) is especially notable. This is believed to be the oldest religious building in the city, and stands in the Piazza del Duormo, west of the cathedrawl of Santa Maria del Fiore. It has an octagonal shape, symbolizing the eight days of Christ's resurrection. The bronze doors were created by the artist Ghiberti, ve took 21 years to finish sculpting the 28 panels. They are so beautiful that Michelangelo gave the Porta del Paradiso its name. Unmissable.
Loved seeing the doors and being able to view at close range what I learned in my years of college, I am a historian and the truth is that Italy is a country that fascinates me and is full of art, especially in Florence.
As the Tuscan capital and home to the Renaissance, the list of things to do in Florence is endless. The city has a huge artistic heritage, so deciding exactly what to do in Florence can be a problem for the indecisive.
One of the must-see Florence attractions is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo. Its dome, built by Brunelleschi, stands above the other buildings as symbol of the city and the Renaissance. The cathedral's bell-tower and Baptistery also rank among the top places to visit in Florence. The Piazza del Duomo is lively at all hours and is one of the best things to see in Florence. It's one of the most important squares in the city along with the Republic Square and Piazza della Signora, home to the Vecchio Palace, another of the most emblematic attractions in Florence.
Another must is the Ponte Vecchio. With all of its jewelry shops, it seems impossible that they are held up without falling into water. And finally, among all the great stuff to do in Florence, the city's many museums and galleries need a special mention. The Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum and the Galleria dell'Accademia house works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donattello, Piero della Francesca, and many others.
Florence is a small chest that holds great treasures. So start planning your trip by having a look through all the great Florence activities and attractions recommended by real travelers on minube.