Located on the banks of the Arno River, the entire city centre has been classed as UNESCO World Heritage site due to its Renaissance heritage. A visit to Florence means immersing yourself in the works of renowned masters such as Michelangelo and Botticelli.
The first thing you should do is climb the 414 steps to get to the top of the bell tower of Piazza del Duomo designed by Giotto. Once you reach the top you’ll get a magnificent view of the sea of red tiled roofs stretched across the city divided by the Arno River.
The Duomo Cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings of Florence with its terracotta-tiled dome designed by the famous Brunelleschi. Also known as the spiritual heart of Florence, the dome is a marvelous example of 12th century gothic architecture and is lined with glorious artwork and 44 stunning stained-glass windows.
A visit to Florence isn’t complete without a visit to one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world, the Uffizi Galleries. The museum is home to unique Renaissance paintings by legends such as Leonardo Da Vince and Michelangelo. There are over 101 rooms within the galleries displaying artworks from ancient Greek sculptures to gorgeous Venetian paintings. The museum hotspot is the Botticelli display, the renaissance master known for his paintings portraying ethereal figures such as Madonna of the Magnificat, circa 1483 and The Birth of Venus, circa 1485.
Other iconic places of Florence include the Basilica Di Santa Maria Novella, a stunning marble façade made in the 15th century comprising of dramatic churches and a striking frescoed chapel, the Galleria dell'Accademia home to the most famous sculpture of the world—Michelangelo’s David, and the Ponte Vecchio, the most photographed bridge of Florence and the only one on the Arno river with houses and shops built on top of it!
For a real Florentine feel, visit the San Lorenzo Market. It’s one of the largest and oldest closed food markets of Florence and offers a variety of fresh local products as well as a number of Instagram-worthy cafés, restaurants, and bars. You can have a relaxing afternoon drinking and trying local delicacies such as Lampredotto which you can’t find anywhere else in the world!
For authentic Italian cuisine, you can visit popular restaurants such as 4Leoni, Antico Noe, and Gusta Pizza for fresh pasta and savory sauces prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Don’t forget to try the mouthwatering local gelatos at popular local spots such as Gelateria La Carraia and Gelateria dei Neri with a wide range of unique flavors and complimenting aromatic coffees.
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