Attractions in Florence

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The Duomo di Firenze or Florence Cathedral was built in the early 15th century as the largest cathedral in the world. Today its majestic dome still dominates the historic center of Florence.

The Ponte Vecchio is one of few remaining bridges with shops still built upon. The Medici family built a corridor on top of the houses to connect their main residence with the Uffizi across the river.

This palace was built in the 15th century by Luca Pitti in Oltrarno, a rural area across the river from the center of Florence. In 1549 the Medici family purchased the palace and made it their main residence.

Members of the wealthy and powerful Medici family were buried here, in the richly decorated chapels of the family’s parish church. The basilica also houses the renowned Laurentian Library.

The Uffizi was built in the 16th century for the government’s administration. Today it houses the city’s most popular museum which boasts an impressive collection of Renaissance art.

The arched gallery was built in the 14th century to protect dignitaries against the elements. Over time statues were added to the loggia, and today you’ll find more than ten sculptures here.

The Boboli Garden was created in the 16th century behind the Pitti Palace. A large number of statues, fountains and grottos decorate the picturesque Italianesque garden.

Florence’s city hall was built in the early 14th century as the Palazzo del Popolo (People’s Palace). Behind the fortress-like exterior are sumptuously decorated rooms.

Plenty of statues adorn Florence’s most important square. Some of the city’s most important attractions such as the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi border the pedestrianized square.

Mercato Nuovo is a covered market hall built in the 16th century where vendors once sold luxury items such as gold and silk. Nearby is the Fontana del Pocellino, a fountain with a 17th century statue of a swine.

This large square is very popular with tourists since it offers an unobstructed view over the city of Florence. A replica of Michelangelo’s most famous statue stands in the middle of the square.

Shortly after the creation of the Kingdom of Italy, projects were started to modernize the city of Florence. One such project was the creation of this spacious square, developed at the site of the city’s old market.

The Church of Santa Maria Novella was built between 1279 and 1470 at the site of an even older church. Santa Maria Novella is famous for its magnificent fresco decorations.

The Galleria dell’Accademia is a museum with a collection of Renaissance sculptures, religious paintings and musical instruments. It is best known for Michelangelo’s David, one of the world’s most famous statues.

The Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a palace built in the fifteenth century as the main residence of the powerful Medici family. It has a magnificent interior decorated with vibrant frescoes and large tapestries.

One of Florence’s most beautiful squares is flanked by several arcaded porticoes. Europe’s oldest orphanage can be found here, as well as the richly decorated Annunziata church, which gave the square its name.

San Miniato al Monte is a medieval church located on a hill in Florence. The church was built in the 11th-13th century on top of the grave of the Christian martyr Saint Minias, who was buried here in 250 A.D.

The Palazzo del Bargello was built in the 13th century to house the city’s leading magistrate. Today it is home to a museum boasting a large collection of Florentine renaissance artwork.

Santa Croce is known as the ‘Pantheon of Florence’. Many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini lie buried here in monumental tombs.

Mercato Centrale is a covered market hall, designed in the 19th century as a modern glass and iron structure. In this market hall you can find local specialties such as Florentine tripe.

The Medici Chapels in the St. Lawrence Basilica were built to house the tombs of the members of the powerful Medici dynasty. Some of the tombs are adorned with magnificent sculptures created by Michelangelo.

The Giardino di Bardini is a beautiful romantic garden laid out on a steep slope on the left bank of the Oltrarno River. The garden is adorned with plenty of statues and fountains.

Originally built in the 14th century as a grain market, Orsanmichele was soon converted into a church after people reported miraculous appearances of the Madonna.

The convent of San Marco was built in the 1437-1443 for the Dominican order. Today it is home to the Museo di San Marco, where visitors can see mostly 15th century paintings and frescoes.

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The Giardino di Bardini is a beautiful romantic garden laid out on a steep slope on the left bank of the Oltrarno River. The garden is adorned with plenty of statues and fountains.

The Palazzo del Bargello was built in the 13th century to house the city’s leading magistrate. Today it is home to a museum boasting a large collection of Florentine renaissance artwork.

Members of the wealthy and powerful Medici family were buried here, in the richly decorated chapels of the family’s parish church. The basilica also houses the renowned Laurentian Library.

The Boboli Garden was created in the 16th century behind the Pitti Palace. A large number of statues, fountains and grottos decorate the picturesque Italianesque garden.

The Duomo di Firenze or Florence Cathedral was built in the early 15th century as the largest cathedral in the world. Today its majestic dome still dominates the historic center of Florence.

The Galleria dell’Accademia is a museum with a collection of Renaissance sculptures, religious paintings and musical instruments. It is best known for Michelangelo’s David, one of the world’s most famous statues.

The arched gallery was built in the 14th century to protect dignitaries against the elements. Over time statues were added to the loggia, and today you’ll find more than ten sculptures here.

The Medici Chapels in the St. Lawrence Basilica were built to house the tombs of the members of the powerful Medici dynasty. Some of the tombs are adorned with magnificent sculptures created by Michelangelo.

Mercato Centrale is a covered market hall, designed in the 19th century as a modern glass and iron structure. In this market hall you can find local specialties such as Florentine tripe.

Mercato Nuovo is a covered market hall built in the 16th century where vendors once sold luxury items such as gold and silk. Nearby is the Fontana del Pocellino, a fountain with a 17th century statue of a swine.

Originally built in the 14th century as a grain market, Orsanmichele was soon converted into a church after people reported miraculous appearances of the Madonna.

The Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a palace built in the fifteenth century as the main residence of the powerful Medici family. It has a magnificent interior decorated with vibrant frescoes and large tapestries.

This palace was built in the 15th century by Luca Pitti in Oltrarno, a rural area across the river from the center of Florence. In 1549 the Medici family purchased the palace and made it their main residence.

Florence’s city hall was built in the early 14th century as the Palazzo del Popolo (People’s Palace). Behind the fortress-like exterior are sumptuously decorated rooms.

Shortly after the creation of the Kingdom of Italy, projects were started to modernize the city of Florence. One such project was the creation of this spacious square, developed at the site of the city’s old market.

One of Florence’s most beautiful squares is flanked by several arcaded porticoes. Europe’s oldest orphanage can be found here, as well as the richly decorated Annunziata church, which gave the square its name.

Plenty of statues adorn Florence’s most important square. Some of the city’s most important attractions such as the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi border the pedestrianized square.

This large square is very popular with tourists since it offers an unobstructed view over the city of Florence. A replica of Michelangelo’s most famous statue stands in the middle of the square.

The Ponte Vecchio is one of few remaining bridges with shops still built upon. The Medici family built a corridor on top of the houses to connect their main residence with the Uffizi across the river.

The convent of San Marco was built in the 1437-1443 for the Dominican order. Today it is home to the Museo di San Marco, where visitors can see mostly 15th century paintings and frescoes.

San Miniato al Monte is a medieval church located on a hill in Florence. The church was built in the 11th-13th century on top of the grave of the Christian martyr Saint Minias, who was buried here in 250 A.D.

Santa Croce is known as the ‘Pantheon of Florence’. Many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini lie buried here in monumental tombs.

The Church of Santa Maria Novella was built between 1279 and 1470 at the site of an even older church. Santa Maria Novella is famous for its magnificent fresco decorations.

The Uffizi was built in the 16th century for the government’s administration. Today it houses the city’s most popular museum which boasts an impressive collection of Renaissance art.

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