Visiting Florence and selecting a few things to see because maybe you have little time and want to go back to relax in the Tuscan hills is not easy, so we recommend the four most beautiful squares in Florence!
Piazza della Signoria has been the place of the political center of Florence for centuries and is an open-air museum. Palazzo Vecchio, the palace that looks like a large castle, stands out in the square and is the seat of the Municipality of Florence as well as being a beautiful museum.
In front of the building there is a host of works from Bandinelli to Ammannati and even a copy of Michelangelo‘s David and Donatello‘s Judith.
Beside the Palazzo, under the Loggia, you will find original Roman works and an enchanting bronze by Cellini.
Piazza della Signoria is the perfect square to get lost in the thousand details of the works of art and breathe the Renaissance air.
Much more recent, Piazzale Michelangelo is the viewpoint of Florence.
This square was built in a city modernization project more than a century ago with the function of hosting people on their walks and giving them a privileged point of view on beautiful Florence. Piazzale is a perfect place for sunsets.
This square is located in the heart of the Oltrarno, or on the bank of the Arno opposite the Duomo.
The Oltrarno area has remained more Florentine and less touristy.
In the morning you will find the local market and in the afternoon the children who come out of school run around in the square chasing each other or enjoying an ice cream sitting in the churchyard.
In the evening this square takes on a new aspect and hosts young people for aperitifs or dinners on the tables set in the square, giving visitors a more bohemian vision of the city.
However, the most magical moment remains in the morning where everyone knows each other at the market and you really experience the atmosphere of the neighborhood that develops around the Church of Santo Spirito.
Piazza della Repubblica is, after all, a recent square but with a truly ancient history.
At the time of the founding of the city by Romans, the two most important streets of the settlement met in this square: the cardo and the decumanus.
In Roman times, all the people gathered here, it was the main square, called forum.
Over time, the function has changed many times until it hosted the old market and then the Jewish ghetto in the sixteenth century and was finally renovated and modernized in more recent times.
At the beginning of the twentieth century it remained a meeting place for writers and artists, while encounters (and clashes) of futurist artists in front of the elegant cafes that still overlook the square remain famous.
These four squares are among the most beautiful in Florence but a visit cannot be said to be complete without having also gone to Piazza Duomo to see the fourth largest cathedral in the world: the church of Santa Maria del Fiore, Duomo of Florence.
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