Florence Tourism
One of Italy's Finest Cities

Florence Tourism is an important part of Tourism to Italy. Florence is originally called in Italian Firenze. This city is considered the cradle of the Renaissance. It is the capital of Tuscany Province, located in the center of Italy, approximately midway between Rome and Venice.

View of the Arno River crossing the beautiful city of Florence Italy

View of the Arno River crossing the beautiful city of Florence Italy

One of the most important cities in Italy

The city is the largest in Tuscany with a population of 400,000 and about 1.5 million in the whole metropolitan area.

The city is marvelous in many aspects. The whole city is like a big museum with impressive buildings full of history and precious pieces of art. Shopping here is one of the best in the country and needless to say it features many great restaurants and cafes.

That is the reason it attracts so many visitors a year. In 1982 it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Evening view of the Duomo in Florence Italy

Evening view of the Duomo in Florence Italy

Let us discover a few of the most important sites in Florence.

  • Piazza Del Duomo

Located in the center of the city it is flanked by the Cupola Duomo, and the cathedral. It is a rectangular plaza with many buildings surrounding it, among them the most important is the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II

  • Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore.

This huge Gothic Duomo was constructed between 1296 and 1436 when it was consecrated. It may hold 20,000 persons. The exterior is most impressive made in green, pink and white marble. It also features many statues and the inside of the Duomo, designed and built by Brunelleschi.

  • Palazzo Vecchio

Dated from the days of the Medici Family this 300 foot high tower, resembling a fortress was important in defending the city in the 14th century. Don’t miss the fresco paintings on the walls of this Palace.

  • Galleria della Accademia

This famous gallery is the second in size in Florence. Here you may admire works of Michelangelo and many Renaissance paintings by Benozzo, Fillippino, Gozzoli, Botticelli, Lippi, Perugino, and many others.

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The Corridoio Vasariano at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence

The Corridoio Vasariano at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence

  • Galleria degli Uffizi

This is the largest of Florence Museums with 45 rooms full of precious art among them paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. It holds thousands of paintings and sculptures by artists like Giotto, Botticelli, Perugino, and Raphael.

  • Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio

This is by far Florence’s most famous square. It is located on the center of town and offers a free open air sculpture exhibit.  It has been Florence’s political center since ancient times. The Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall is on this plaza. Around the square you may find cafes and restaurants.

  • Piazza Republica

This plaza is a real pleasure from the Florence Tourism point of view. It’s an open area for leisure, a meeting place, a place to sit, relax and enjoy an espresso and pastry all while feeling the atmosphere of the 19th century.

The Ponte Vecchio crossing the Arno River in Florence

The Ponte Vecchio crossing the Arno River in Florence

  • Ponte Vecchio Florence

This is in my opinion one of the most popular sites in Florence. This old bridge is located at the Mercato Nuovo and is over the Arno River. It was built in 1345 with a classic architecture. It is lined by stores selling silver and gold jewelry.

  • Museo Nazionale del Bargello

This museum exhibits the first works by Michelangelo and many more pieces of art by Ghiberti, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Verrocchio, Cellini and Giambologna.

  • Piazzale Michelangelo

This plaza offers a great view of the whole city. It is visited by many tourists for the great view and for many souvenir stands offering everything including miniatures of Michelangelo’s David.

Boboli Gardens in Florence Italy

Boboli Gardens in Florence Italy

  • Boboli Garden and Pitti Palace

If you cross the Ponte Vecchio, you reach the Giardino di Boboli, an enormous park besides the Pitti Palace, Florence largest palace that was once occupied by the Medici Family.

  • Santa Croce

Located in Piazza Santa Croce this is the largest Franciscan Church in Italy holding the tomb of many Florentines including Michelangelo and Dante.  One of Brunelleschi's most important works, the Cappella dei Piazzi, is in Santa Croce.

For more information visit Florence Tourism Website

The impressive Baptistry one of the oldest buildings in Florence Italy

The impressive Baptistry one of the oldest buildings in Florence Italy

  • The Baptistery

This building, one of Florence’s oldest dates to the 11th century made of white and green marble. While inside, you may enjoy the mosaics and marble floors depicting the Zodiac.

Shopping as part of Florence Tourism

This city is one of the most famous shopping cities in Europe compared to Milan and Paris. Here you may find the finest leather goods, jewelry and clothing.

It has a few open air market selling food, antiques and clothing, being the most famous Piazza San Lorenzo as well as Mercato Nuovo and Mercato Centrale.

Florence Tourism is for me very precious. I visited Florence for the first time when I was 17 years old, many decades ago. Now with my wife we have visited Florence several times and we never cease to admire this admirable city.

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