Top 10 things to do in Florence
View of Santa Maria del Fiore from Piazzale de Michelangelo
1. Guided tour
Take a guided tour to better understand the impressive historical importance of Florence and the Medici family and the tence relations between Siena and Florence.
2. Walk through Old Town
Since Old Town is car free it is very relaxed and you can walk through Old Town at your own pace. Since there are so many historical buildings in Florence, the city is like a museum in initself.
3. Walk across Ponte Vecchio bridge
Walk across the Ponte Vecchio bridge from 1345 and let yourself be impressed by all the shops selling gold, watches and diamonds.
In the beginning the Ponte Vecchio bridge housed butchers since it was very practical to throw all the garbage right into the river Arno below. In 1595 the Medici Gran Dukes, however, prohibited butchers from operating there since he disliked the smell from the activities. Instead he only gave permission to gold and silver merchant to operate there.
The Medicin Gran Dukes also built the Vasari Corridor above the bridge to connect Palazzo Pitti south of river Arno with the Palazzo Vecchio.
4. The cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore
This impressive cathedral with its red brick tiles is from 1436. That is the year when the construction of the dome by the engineer Filippo Brunelleschi was finally in place.
The beautiful dome is covered by green and pink tiles of marmor.
5. Visit the Uffizi galleries
This is probably a must when in Florence. The Uffizi galleries houses paintings from Botticelli´s paintings like The Birth of Venus, Baccus and Medusa by Caravaggio, Leo X by Rafaelo and many more.
6. Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo is located on the south side of river Arno a little less than 3 kilometres from Santa Maria del Fiore. This place gives you a view of Florence and the surrounding mountains for free. Except for the view there is not much to see here. The walk along the river Arno and up the hill is really nice.
7. Mercato Centrale
It is always a great thing to visit local food markets. It gives you a feeling of the food culture in the country.
8. Boboli garden
We love to visit gardens and in Florence the Boboli garden is well worth a visit. It is located on the south side of the river Arno passing across Ponte Vecchio. The garden was originially designed for the Medici family and is a typical 16 th century Italian Garden. It takes some effort to walk all the stairs to the top but it is worth it. From the highest point of the garden you have lovely views of the surrounding landscape.
9. Palazzo Pitti
Palazzo Pitti, or the Pitti palace, is located on the south side of river Arno. The palace from 1458 is huge and has more than 500 renaissance paintings.
Italian cousine is far from just having a pizza or pasta. Stop by to have an ice-cream, have lunch at an Osteria and taste local specialities and wine. Try superb Ossobuco at the typical Italian restaurant Vini e Vecchi Sapori. It is located close to the cathedral. Try local meat at the little more fancy Ristorante la Giostra.
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