The city of Florence is art. Its streets, buildings, monuments and characters such as Boticceli, the Medici and Miguel Angel paid tribute to the city and made it the center of art in the Renaissance period. It is a place full of beautiful places and in this list I share those that you should not miss.
For Art lovers
The place itself is a work of art, one of its exterior corridors has large sculptures where you can see characters like Miguel Angel, Davinci and Boticceli. Its interior is full of beautiful walls and the works they contain are spectacular.
One of the highlights of my life was being there in front of my favorite work of art: Primavera, by Sandro Botticelli. I was in front of it for I don’t know how long and I was delighted with every detail of the painting, I was even surprised to see the small panel in the side where they show the painting in relief so that the visually impaired can feel the work.
Tips: Buy your tickets in advance, the lines to enter are very long and you can last more than an hour waiting to buy your ticket.
Investigate in advance what works of art are there and which ones you are interested in seeing. The place is packed, it would take you days to carefully observe each piece, so make a list of the ones that interest you so you don’t miss them.
Academy GalleryThe house of David by Miguel Angelo, which stands out in the center of the room and where all the people crowd, which is good since they let you admire all the other pieces of art with ease. This museum is not very big since its main objective was to serve as inspiration to the art students who visited the city. The tour will not take long, but it is certainly one of the must-sees when visiting Florence.
You will recognize it by its large clock tower, right in the Piazza della Signoria.
It is not a very big place, but you cannot leave Florence without admiring the Salone dei Cinquecento, the most important chamber is 52 meters long and 23 meters wide with incredible murals that tell the history of the city.
The Palatine Gallery and the Royal and Imperial Apartments occupy the entire first floor of the Pitti Palace, which was the residence of the Medici dynasty, then of the Habsburg-Lorraine and finally of the House of Savoy.
It is the place where you can see the collections of Medici paintings, with a wide range of sumptuous frames, furniture, stuccoes, silks and Baroque frescoes.
Piazza della Signoria
When walking through the city you will undoubtedly run into the Piazza della Signoria sooner or later, when you are there, take some time to admire its sculptures. The beautiful Neptune Fountain, the twin brother of El David, where Michelangelo’s work originally stood, the statue of Perseus with the head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini and of course Loggia della Signoria, full of beautiful sculptures open to the public.
For those who love architecture:
Piazza del Duomo
The Duomo is the center of the city, if by chance you get lost try looking for it, it will be your compass in Florence. The colors, designs and history will take your breath away. Take a minute and appreciate it, it’s a great work of art. If you have the opportunity, visit it inside, the church is incredible and do not forget to climb the tower, it has many steps but the view from the top is definitely worth it.
Tip: When in town, wake up early, just one day if necessary. Wake up before sunrise and go to the Piazza del Duomo, you will see it without people, and you will be able to sit and admire it in all its glory, without the masses of tourists that always surround it. Trust me, the experience is one of a kind.
Beautiful and full of shops, my advice is to experience it in 3 different ways, first in the distance, from other bridges so you can take a photo of the whole design. Then cross the bridge by day, when the shops are open, explore each one and imagine how they must have been in the past and, finally, visit the bridge almost at sunset, most of the places will be closed, see the river and let its calm wrap you around.
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
Similar in architecture to the cathedral but with a soul of its own, this basilica stands on a small square. It is not as crowded as the one in the Duomo so you can enjoy it more calmly. Many people overlook it, but if you have a chance, don’t miss it.
For the fashionistas:
Sure, the city is full of haute couture shops, framed in old buildings, but the Gucci Garden project is spectacular. A museum of Gucci history and fashion, beautifully decorated and with rooms displaying beautiful pieces.
You can stop by the store that sells exclusive items and even have a Michelin-starred dinner.
Tip: In my experience, the place is not usually full of people, you can buy tickets directly without problem. But if you plan to eat at the restaurant, you must make a reservation well in advance, as the place is famous and very small, so it tends to fill up quickly.
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To take the best picture:
See Florence from the heights.
This square is kind of far from the central tourist area, if you are walking it is a great climb, but it allows you to appreciate Florence from afar, have your camera ready, the images you can take are worthy of a postcard.
If possible visit the place at sunset.
Piazza della Repubblica
With its beautiful carousel and shops full of souvenirs, this place is one of my favorites. Find a good angle and as always try to get up early to have the least amount of people in your photo.
For fans of classic literature:
It is not at all as popular as the other places on this list, but if you like literature you cannot miss it. Like many other houses of famous writers of yesteryear it is very small. The entrance is not very expensive and as hardly anyone goes you can visit it calmly, do not expect large pieces of art since it is preserved very similar to what it was in its time, a modest home.
There are many other places to visit, but these are my favorites. If you know any other artistic jewel in Florence, share it in the comments.