Did you know that UNESCO has listed the entire city of Florence as a World Heritage Site? Cultural destination par excellence, this jewel among the Tuscan cities is the proud representative of the Italian Renaissance, a period of artistic and architectural prosperity unparalleled in Europe. During a trip to Florence, much of your time will be devoted to visiting – The Duomo, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Palazzo Vecchio or the Uffizi are obviously at the top of the list, among many other religious buildings, palaces, museums or gardens, etc. Following is a list of Florence top sight-seeing places.
- The Florence Cathedral
The Florence Cathedral is one of the largest in Europe. It is one of the most important among Florence top sight-seeing places. Its construction began in 1296, at the moment when the city had just imposed its hegemony in Tuscany and wants to assert its power with a monument which must exceed the cathedrals of the rival cities, Pisa and Siena. At 155 meters long, the Duomo is one of the four largest churches in Europe. But it is best known for its gigantic dome imagined around the year 1300 by the first architect Arnolfo di Cambio. The beauty of the cathedral is also due to the multicolored marbles (white, green and pink), which cover the exterior, while the interior houses many works, such as the stained glasses of the greatest artists of the time.
- Palazzo Vecchio
The most important public building in Florence at the time, the Palazzo Vecchio housed the government. Today, the palace has become the town hall of the city of Florence and one of Florence top sight-seeing places. In front of the palace, La Loggia dei Lanzi dominates the large Piazza della Signoria, with its imposing statues. No one can visit Florence without going to the Palazzo Vecchio, located in the heart of the city, this fabulous palace is one of the most important places not to be missed. Palazzo Vecchio attracts, charms and seduces just by its architecture
- Uffizi Gallery
The construction of the Uffizi dates back to 1560. The gallery officially became a museum in 1765. Within an area of 8000 square meters, are collected works of the most famous Italian and foreign painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo or Titian as well as sculptures and tapestries. The paintings are grouped chronologically and trace the evolution of painting from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. You can admire invaluable treasures such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus or Raphael’s Self-Portrait.
- Museum of San Marco
The St. Mark Convent is more than a convent. Three men were the pillars of this building: the politician Cosimo the Elder of Medici for its construction, the artist Fra Angelico for its decoration, and the monk Savonarola for his mysticism. You will discover the first Renaissance cloister of Italy. But above all, this museum is the place where spirituality emanates today from the works of this “paradise colorist” that is Fra Angelico. Some of his masterpieces such as “The Descent from the Cross of Christ ” and “The Last Judgment ” are present and will lull you to their delicacy and spirituality and is one of the Florence top sight-seeing places.
- Gallery of the Academy of Florence
The Accademia Gallery houses Michelangelo’s famous sculptures, including “The David” and “The Four Prisoners”. There is, moreover, a whole collection of religious paintings. And even if there is no very famous name, this very well-stocked collection makes it possible to follow the evolution of painting between the 13th and 17th centuries.