Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto.
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Whether you’re looking to relax or delve into the history of the beautiful city, there are many great attractions to visit.
Florence Cathedral dominates the skyline, and gives it real character and grace with its famous red dome. If you’re an art-lover, no trip to this beautiful city is complete without a visit to Uffizi Gallery. Home to works initially collected by the Medici family, the gallery now houses the largest collection of renaissance art in the world. Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci and Primavera by Sandro Botticelli are just two of the iconic works that take pride of place in this stunning gallery.
If you’re looking for some retail therapy, you’ll find it at the historic Ponte Vecchio, which is a Medieval bridge that hosts, among other things, some authentic Italian jewelry shops. Delve into the military history of this Tuscan city by taking a look around Palazzo Vecchio — an eye-catching fortified palace that dates back to the 13th century. In fact, wherever in the city you are, you’ll find historic landmarks, jaw-dropping architecture and a quintessentially Italian ambience.
Florence has a long and illustrious history of politics, art and military might. Everywhere you turn in this complex, fascinating city you’ll be able to learn something new about the history of both the region and Italy. Take the Santa Croce Franciscan Church, for instance, which is home to Giotto frescoes and the tombs of both Galileo and Michelangelo.
Step back in time with a climb up Giotto’s Campanile, a marbled Gothic tower that delivers spectacular views across the city. And if you want to learn how the wealthiest people of Florence lived during the Medieval era, spend some time at Palazzo Davanzati, which is full to the brim with art, antiques and glorious architecture.
The best way to see this exquisite city is on foot — as you’ll get the chance to walk in the footsteps of some of the most accomplished artists and scientists the world has ever known. Just make sure you take in the very best La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) in Florence has to offer. Stand on the bridge over the Arno, and watch sunrises and sunsets; walk to Piazzale Michelangelo to soak up the artistic beauty of Florence; stroll around the Medieval backstreets for a spot of boutique shopping. Whatever you do, Florence is a city that is there to be explored.
Renaissance: The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation”.
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Italy has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Rome is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins.
Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
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