A few hours drive from Rome, heading north, at the foot of the Apennines, lies the charming Florence.
It is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world: visiting Florence has over time become a “must” for everyone, at least once in life you definitely need to spend some time in the Tuscan capital.
Welcome to Florence!
In the city of Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, in the place where he learned to paint, what are the places to visit, those you cannot miss to mark on the map?
In this article you will find some suggestions on what to see in Florence, an overview on Art and monuments to which dedicate a few hours of attention.
Florence is a city full of charm, a timeless beauty, full of wonders, hidden corners and great treasures to photograph.
It is not hard to imagine how it managed to win the hearts of so many people around the world: everybody suggest to visit Florence if you’re planning a trip to Italy.
Visit Florence in two days? You can, if you only have a few days to do so, do not worry!
Explore the historic center, which is built on Roman foundations and shop in shops for original leather sandals and bags.
A pat on the nose and a coin in the mouth of the “Porcellino” fountain is the Florence to live and see: it is said to bring good luck as shown by the well-polished nose after thousands of hands have touched it.
Superstition says that you should put in the mouth of the pig a coin, the jet of water will drag the coin at the bottom and if you fall into the gratings, your wish will come true.
A suggestion from who is born in Florence: the heavier your coin is, the more likely your coin will have to fall into gratings!
The pig statue is located in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, near the Uffizi, and is a copy of the bronze of the “Porcellino” statue guarded from 2004 at Bardini Museum in Florence that was commissioned by Cosimo II de’ Medici to Pietro Tacca in 1612, destined to decorate Palazzo Pitti.
The first historical written document of Florence date back to 59 BC, when Julius Caesar settled on the banks of the Arno.
After more than 1,400 years after the first Roman settlement, Florence was guided by the Church and wealthy merchants.
The Medici family, the most powerful Florentine family of all time built the most important buildings and the greatest works of art.
Hiring painters, architects and sculptors created one of the major European cultural cradles.
The Basilica of San Lorenzo is a testimony. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, it is an icon of Italian Renaissance architecture.
Even the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, in Piazza Duomo, is the work of the great “Maestro Fiorentino”.
If you love the sacred art, one of the first places to visit in Florence is the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor which stretches from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Arno river.
Wherever you look, even outside the Museum, there are precious sculptures, Churches and squares. The historic center of Florence is an open air museum.
The colossal statue of Michelangelo’s David is a masterpiece of world sculpture. A copy is located in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria and the Piazzale Michelangelo and the original is kept in the Academy Museum.
Cross the ancient Ponte Vecchio spared by the bombing of the Germans in that unfortunate August 4, 1944 during the Second World War when the Ponte Santa Trinita (adjacent to the Old Bridge) was destroyed by the fury of war.
On the other bank of the River Arno, in the Oltrarno district, it is one of the “basic points of Florence to visit” marked in your personal list, Palazzo Pitti and the beautiful Boboli Gardens.
Formerly the home of the noble Florentine family de’ Medici, originally from Mugello, within its public galleries relives the memorabilia.
Florence, despite being a small town, has been able over the centuries to become one of the most powerful city in the history.
Today is a wonderful city to live and dream, an open-air museum that will make you fall in love.
Any masterpiece that you see walking in the narrow streets of the historic center is the result of the perfect mechanism that Florence has managed to put in place for centuries.
Connected to the rest of the world with the airport Amerigo Vespucci, you can also get to Florence via Pisa airport or the airport of Bologna.
We are truly looking forward to welcoming you!
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