What to see in Florence? here’s the guide. there are so many things to do in Florence that it probably is not enough a month to see everything. It is therefore better to focus on the truly unmissable attractions: those, to be understood, that “if you have not seen them you cannot say that you have visited the city”. At the same time, however, woe betide you to lose the taste of discovery. There is an “unexpected” Florence that often ends up crushed by the fame of its many “postcards”.Watch out for the kids, too. Being a city of art, a huge open-air museum, Florence could be “tiring” for the little ones. Don’t worry, though. In the city there is no shortage of parks, outdoor spaces and play-outs dedicated to them. Finally a tip: better to plan a stay of at least 72 hours for a first approach with the city. Above, moreover, we have written that it is not enough to see everything; so let’s imagine one or two days. There is a real risk of undergoing gruesome tours with fleeting visits to museums and monuments that deserve to be seen calmly and thoroughly.Good reading.
Piazza del Duomo, Naples
“If you haven’t seen this, you haven’t seen Florence.” This is the inscription that stands on the homepage of the website of Piazza del Duomo. A large open-air museum that includes the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, brunelleschi’s dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, St. John’s Baptistery, the Crypt of Santa Reparata and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. Each of these monuments deserves to be treated individually. Over time, however, the idea of transforming the entire square into a single museum center that can be visited with a single ticket prevailed. So let us not be surprised that we put Piazza del Duomo first. It really is the very first thing to do in Florence, especially since the ticket allows a good margin of flexibility.Read more: www.ilgrandemuseodelduomo.it
2 Old Bridge
One of the most famous bridges in the world and certainly also one of the most beautiful. Suffice it to say that he was the only one in the city to be spared by german troops in retreat in 1944. After all, this is a bridge that has seen so many of them having, always, to deal with the “whims” of the Arno. In truth, not just with those in the river. Even the de’ Medici have put their own: first, with Cosimo I, favoring the construction of the “Vasari Corridor” (the adjective refers to the architect Giorgio Vasari, architect in the service of Cosimo I) elevated pedestrian path that allowed to pass from Palazzo Vecchio, political and administrative heart of the city, to Palazzo Pitti, family home, bypassing the people and their “moods”. Then, later, with Ferdinand I who provided to drive away the (butchers) who had been workshoping on the bridge for centuries, replacing them with goldsmiths and other non-smelly crafts. Apart from history, Ponte Vecchio is one of the most beautiful postcards in Florence. According to the most, wonderful on the evening because of the romantic atmosphere that pervades the entire area.
3 Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden
The historic residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and the largest monumental green area of the city. Inside the palace several exhibitions: the Palatine Gallery and the Royal Apartments; the Gallery of Modern Art; the Silver Museum; porcelain and the Costume Gallery. Finally, as we said, the Boboli Garden which, for quantity of landscape views and architectural details, must be considered a real museum, to visit which takes no less than three hours. In short, Palazzo Pitti takes away quite a bit of time but like, if not more, the other places described so far is an indispensable stop on a holiday in Florence.Open every day except the 1st and last Monday of the month, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
|From November to February||8.15 – 16.30|
|March||8.15 – 17.30|
|April-May and September-October||8.15 – 18.30|
|From June to August||8.15 – 19.30|
|entire||€7.00 uro (on temporary exhibitions €10.00 uro)|
|reduced||€3.50 €uro (on temporary exhibitions €7.00 uro)|
4Museum of Palazzo Vecchio
For over seven hundred years Palazzo Vecchio has been the heart of florence’s civil power. Even today it houses several municipal offices, including that of the first citizen, while the remaining rooms are used as a museum. Museum included in the network of civic museums of the city and also visible in preview on Google Art Project. Over 100 high-resolution images representative of the entire museum itinerary. Among the images chosen are the paintings of the Salone dei Cinquecento, the maps of the Hall of Maps, passing through the Chapel of the Duchess Eleonora of Toledo and the Hall of The Hearings. In short, a virtual tour preparatory to the actual visit. Even just from the outside, though, Palazzo Vecchio is worth a visit. We are in front, in fact, of one of the most admirable examples of civil architecture of the fourteenth century, surmounted by the majestic Tower of Arnolfo that can be visited with a supplement together with the museum.A curiosity. In 2010 the archaeological excavation of the palace’s basement was completed. Numerous traces and finds have emerged of a pre-existing Roman Theater, the construction of which can be roughly placed between the 1st and 2nd centuries ad.C. These excavations have also become part of the museum itinerary.For information on the timetables, the cost of the ticket and the methods of use: museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it/palazzovecchio/informazioni.html
5 Uffizi Gallery
Leonardo, Cimabue, Caravaggio, Giotto, Raphael, Mantegna, Titian, Parmigianino, Rembrandt, Botticelli etc. No, it is not the formation of a football team, but only the list (not exhaustive) of the artists present in the Uffizi Gallery, together with the Vatican Museums of Rome the most visited Italian museum in the world. A building with a characteristic U-shape that every year stands at one and a half million visitors from every corner of the planet. This is where Botticelli’s Venus, Caravaggio’s Medusa Head Shield and a splendid Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci are located, just to remember some of the thousands of works present. In short, really an unmissable place for which it is worth taking the long line to enter.
Tuesday-Saturday 8.15am/6:50pm – Admission every 15 minu
tes>> Sunday 8.15am/5pm – Admission every 15 minutes
Closed on Monday, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
cket €8.00 uro (€12.50 for temporary exhibitions)Red
uced €4.00 uro (€6.25 uro for temporary exhibitions)
6 Accademia gallery
Like the Uffizi, the Accademia Gallery in Florence houses masterpieces of inestimable value made by great artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontorno and others.However, most visitors enter to admire Michelangelo’s famous David, a statue of over 5 meters of pure Carrara marble that has always embodied the universal ideal of grace and beauty. It is true, in the city there are two other copies of the David: one in Piazza della Signoria, where the original was once located; another, in bronze, in Piazza Michelangelo. And yet it is here, in Via Ricasoli, that hundreds of thousands of visitors flock every year to admire this masterpiece of Renaissance art up close. The David is not the only sculpture by Michelangelo in the Accademia Gallery. There are four of the six “Prisons” executed for the tomb of Pope Julius II and the “San Matteo”, an unre finished sculpture that in intention should have been inserted under the dome of the Cathedral of Florence. In short, for the Accademia Gallery is worth what has already been written about the Uffizi: the wonder of what awaits you deserves the little patience necessary to enter. You won’t regret it!
g hours>> Tuesday-Sunday 8.15am/6:50pm
Closed on Monday, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
ket €6.50 uro (€11.00 uro for temporary exhibitions)R
educed €4.00 uro (€5.50 uro for temporary exhibitions)
7Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
In many articles that suggest the 10 best things to do and see in Florence the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is not there, and it is a real shame as well as a serious mistake. Just mention the Crucifix painted by Giotto, the wooden crucifix sculpted by Brunelleschi and above all the Trinity of Masaccio (in the third span of the left aisle) to realize the historical-artistic and cultural importance of this church built in the thirteenth century by the Dominican friars. But there is much more to see, starting with the external façade, one of the most important works of the Florentine Renaissance continuing through the Strozzi and Tornabuoni Chapels without forgetting the Museum and the Great Cloister, the latter visible on the occasion of extraordinary openings. In short, the Basilica Santa Maria Novella is an important chapter in the history of Florence and therefore certainly deserves an in-depth visit.
8Casa Dante’s Museum
Despite the acquisition of municipal heritage in 1865, six hundred years after the birth of the author of the “Divine Comedy”, the actual recovery of Dante Alighieri’s house took place only many years later. To be precise in 1911, the year in which the municipality entrusted the reconstruction work of the building to the architect Giuseppe Castellucci (1863-1939) among the greatest interpreters of the Neo-Gothic style in Tuscany. Today the house that was dante Alighieri’s is a three-story museum that traces the art, politics and culture of medieval Florence. A rich city and yet crossed by strong conflicts that in which lived the poet who – it must be said – of those same struggles was, on several occasions, also the protagonist.
The Museum, at number 1 in Via Santa Margherita, respects the followin
g times:Winter (1 October – 31
March)>> Tuesday-Sunday 10.00/
17.00Extivo (1 April – 30 Septe
mber)>> Every day 10.00/18.00
9Firenze with children
No need to go around it. Those who decide to come on holiday to Florence with young children in tow must take into account that they cannot see everything. However, by involving them, perhaps by leveraging the playful aspect, much can be done about what has been set. For example, you can transform the climb on the Dome of the Duomo (463 steps sic!) in a kind of race, or play hide-and-seek (with all the necessary precautions) in the Boboli Garden. Apart from the ability to persuade, you also have to entertain them. For years, interactive workshops, theatrical workshops and visiting paths specifically aimed at schools and families with children have been included in Palazzo Vecchio. A real Children’s Museum to which must be added the play libraries managed directly by the municipality (click here). In short, you just have to organize yourself in time and everything goes smoothly.
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