A tour of Italy would definitely be incomplete without a visit to Florence, the main city in the Tuscan region and one of the most incredible urban scenery on the planet. The diversity and excellent preservation of the historical collections and the indisputable gastronomic quality are some of the examples praised by tourists from around the world in almost all the Italian municipalities, but in Florence all these good requirements are even more prominent.
Incredible Places you Need to Know in Florence
Walking along fine roads and going through medieval churches and museums, finding a charming cafe on some narrow street, feeling the breeze of the Arno River and, of course, passing the bridges, are some of the options indicated for the tour in the locality which is one of the cradles of the Renaissance. Get to know some leisure options in the nook that celebrates history, art and life at all times. Florence is a spectacle!
1. Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is one of the main symbols of Florence and the oldest in the city, being built in 1345. It cuts the Arno River from the north to the south of the city and today is a famous tourist spot, because of the souvenir shops, , jewelers, animation that also takes care of its route by the presence of street artists and the view in the central part.
At night, the bridge gains special illumination and the view of Florence becomes even more enthralling. In this nightclub, by the way, the tour is recommended for couples.
2. Ferrari Store
Ferrari is the consumer dream of 9 out of 10 automotive lovers and even if it is not for everyone to get such a red car it is delightful to watch the models from up close and even buy one or another horse brand product. What about?
3. Casa di Dante Museum
The writer and poet Dante Alighieri is widely known for his masterpiece “The Divine Comedy” and is one of the leading intellectuals of Italy of all time. It was born in 1265 in Florence and even though its original address is not complete as in the 13th century, the remains complete today the Casa di Dante Museum, located in the heart of the historical center of Florence.
The medieval house has three floors and presents a collection of objects that allude to the historical period, of social and political relevance of the poet and his most famous work, presented in a very interesting way in mural. Unmissable ride for lovers of literature.
4. Pallazo Pitti
The Pallazo Pitti is a huge Renaissance palace – the largest in Florence, 200 meters long – consisting of 8 museums. Decorated with paintings in baroque style, gold ornaments and masterpieces by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and other emblematic artists, the monument was the residence of the king of Italy Umberto I between 1865 and 1871.
The visitor can visit the 14 rooms used in this reign, the museum della porcellana, the museum of modern art and much more. It is a complete space dedicated to art and culture of different historical passages. Unmissable!
5. Michelangelo Square
In a city surrounded by magnificent buildings and green landscapes is always a good request to find somewhere high to enjoy the look and take lots of photos, do you agree? This attraction in Florence is called Piazza Michelangelo, which although relatively simple, being positioned in high region, guarantees the best view of the city.
One tip: while watching the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, the Arno river and the ruins, order some good wine and some delicacies in the restaurant located downstairs of the square.
6. Academy Gallery
The Academy Gallery has rich collection of Gothic art and stands out for Michelangelo’s sculptures such as St. Matthew and David, the famous white marble statue over four feet high, which is one of the main symbols of Renaissance art.
7. Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
Beautiful and imposing. The first (of many) adjectives that can refer to the Duomo, the cathedral that began to be built in 1296 and was only completed in 1436, are obvious, but completely elucidating. Considered the main Renaissance work by many specialists, the Basilica congregates a huge clock in the entrance, stained glass windows and is about 90 meters high.
It is indicated to climb the 463 steps of the cathedral (there are no elevators) and to observe Florence from the top of the monument that every day is open for visitation.
8. Florence Central Market
The tour of central markets of major cities is mandatory for most travelers and the market in Florence is the best possible place to get to know (and certainly enjoy) the Tuscan cuisine. Over 300 square meters, there are more than 500 shops selling local groceries, wines, different types of cheeses and more.
The site also includes a library, pizzeria, restaurants with “handmade” dishes that won contests and even a cooking school.
9. Amici di Ponte Vecchio
More food? Of course yes! Although it is small and even looks like those simple grocery stores so common in Brazil, Amici di Ponte Vecchio (yes, located on the bridge) is one of the gastronomic establishments with the highest praise on TripAdvisor.
Besides the quitutes and the wines, the over-the-counter pizza is super recommended and best of all: the price is quite comrade. Nothing better than a high-pitched pit stop before continuing the ride, do not you think?
10. Giordano Bardini Garden
Situated in the back of the Pallazo Pitti, the Giordano Bardini is a beautiful garden decorated with sculptures made between the 16th and 18th centuries and in ancient times was constantly visited by the traditional Medice family. Small and intimate, its location favors a great view of Florence.
11. Boboli Garden
Part of the Pallazo Pitti – although it’s fair to highlight it as a separate attraction – the Boboli Garden is larger than the Giordano Bardini and is a place where Florence’s residents usually go for a picnic I’m just enjoying a sunny afternoon among a bat chat and others.
The beautiful green area is also surrounded by art works and through a side exit gives you access to the Giardini.
12. Piazza Duomo (Piazza Duomo)
The Duomo Square is close to the cathedral and is one of those recommended sights for that traveler who loves a busy, warm place. There are people of different nationalities, being a very suitable destination to talk with different people while appreciating the indescribable architecture of the surroundings.
13. Galileo Museum
The Galileo Museum is the main museum of science and technology of Italy and offers the visitor the possibility of knowing important scientific instruments produced from the Renaissance to the present day. Great program for people of all ages who are passionate about science and history.
14. Piazza della Republica (Republic Square)
This square is situated in the most noble part of Florence, where respected and sophisticated restaurants, cafés and hotels are concentrated. The elegance of the pedestrians – very well dressed, as usual are the Italians – and the already fully identified high architectural standard give more grace to this nook that can not be overlooked during the visit to Florence.
15. Caffé Gilli
It is fair to end the list with the indication of a coffee, after all it is very pleasant to enjoy the drink and even to make a light snack in a beautiful and traditional place. Caffé Gilli dates back to 1793 and is in Praça da República, undoubtedly one of the best places to have a coffee and sample some Italian delicacies.
Although the attunement with the past is in every corner, Florence is much more than an open-air museum. Pack your bags and see, the experience will be unforgettable!