What are the best things to see and do in the cradle of the Renaissance in Italy? Florence (in Italian Firenze), the old capital of Tuscany, called "La Bella" and now provincial capital, is a university town surrounded by hills and nestled in the Apennines, which has a more or less picturesque home on both sides from the Arno River. The Cradle of the Renaissance in Italy, it is above all the portrait of a country with great cultural and artistic wealth that earned him a place in the UNESCO World Heritage.
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Visiting Florence is a treat. And for a good reason, the city has some of the best Italian museums, magnificent cathedrals, and churches, but also authentic streets and squares with elegant buildings. A romantic, cultural, artistic destination ... In the enchanting city of the country, Firenze is simply an excellent choice to discover the Tuscan jewels for a weekend or a stay. Are you ready to go on a trip to this amazing place with your family? Declining the idea because of the short budget and hassle that you will have to do for accommodation? Don't worry! Cuddlynest with its offers for vacation rentals consisting of entire apartments of 2-6 beds that are available at a low price ranging from $101-$461 and reduced service fee is the solution to all your worries. So, no more dilly delaying just need to go online, click some clicks and you are all set to execute the idea of the un-forgettable trip with family or friends.
Tourist attraction in Florence
1. The Duomo of Florence (Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)
The most popular site to visit in Florence is certainly its Duomo (cathedral), the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The construction of the huge Gothic cathedral began in 1296, was consecrated in 1436, and can now accommodate up to 20,000 people.
2. Palazzo Vecchio
It is around the most famous place in Florence that begins your first discoveries. Heart of the historic center, a real artistic scene and political center of the city since the Middle Ages, the Piazza Della Signoria hosts some nuggets essential to your trip as various sculptures (including a copy of Michelangelo's David). If the Loggia della Signoria and its arcaded vaulted gallery are to be seen, the city hall of Florence is essential to your wanderings.
3. The Giotto Campanile
The Giotto Campanile Tower (Bell Tower) is located in Piazza del Duomo. The first floor was designed by Giotto, hence his eponymous work. At first, Giotto planned to raise the tower to 110-115 meters, but he died in 1337 leaving the building unfinished...
4. Santa Maria Novella
A few steps away is the Santa Maria Novella district. Renowned for its eponymous church which sits there, gigantic, the district calls above all for strolling and cappuccino breaks on the terrace in the various cafés it hosts.
5. Pitti Palace
From the Duomo or as you stroll through the historic center of Florence, take a moment to visit the Pitti Palace - Palazzo Pitti. Former residence of the Medici, the Palace is today a witness of the local heritage. Hosting six museums and three gardens, it is one of the largest museums in the city.
6. Boboli Garden
Located just behind the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Garden undeniably incorporates the wonders of Florence. Often compared to those of Versailles, the Boboli Garden offers a luxuriant and luxurious parenthesis worthy of the greatest fairy tales. Porcelain Museum, Gallery of Costumes, Great Cave, Kaffeehaus, Il Viottolone but also fountains and beds of roses and dahlias portray a place out of time, sublimated by precious legacies.
7. Ponte Vecchio
Built in 1345, the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) was the first bridge of Florence spanning the Arno. It is also the only one surviving the medieval era of Florence (other bridges were destroyed during the Second World War).
7. Giardino Bardini
Want to enjoy a nice sunset in Florence? Direction Giardino Bardini Garden. Typical Renaissance garden, the greenery is also and above all popular for its Belvedere.
8. The Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)
The Galleria degli Uffizi has the world's largest collection of Renaissance art, but it is also the most visited museum in Italy.
12. The San Lorenzo Market
Even if you are not fans of shopping and if you are wondering what to do in Florence besides its monuments, a walk through the famous leather markets deserves to give a few minutes of your time. The market near the Basilica of San Lorenzo is nice: by crossing it, you arrive at the Mercato Centrale, a covered market in the heart of a 19th-century building where you will find countless food stalls.
13. Piazzale Michelangelo
It is located in the Oltrarno district (left bank of the Arno). The view from this vantage point overlooking the city is known for its sunset that has been reproduced on postcards for years!
14. The Bargello Palace (and its museum)
While Bargello's collection is world-class, the museum tends to be overlooked by most tourists, making it an excellent choice for art lovers tired of the crowd! In short, go ahead, you will not be disappointed with the trip.
15. The gelateria
You do not learn it, Italy often echoes the famous Italian ice cream. Here in Florence, the gelato is known to be particularly fantastic. There are many gelaterias in the city, but beware of tourist catches: only some are worth it. It can be guessed at the color of the ice cream, or the queue in front of the store. Grom, for example, is among the best gelati in the city.
16. The Medici Chapels
Florence is well known as the cradle of the Renaissance where many famous artists were born and worked here. And many of them were buried here. As mentioned earlier, the Santa Croce Church is home to many famous tombs.