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The capital city of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence is internationally esteemed for its high concentration of Renaissance art and architecture. Because it served as a wealthy and important center for medieval trade and commerce, the city gave birth to the Italian Renaissance movement. Florence is also credited with propagating many artists, inventors, writers, scientists and explorers as well as inventing opera and the florin currency, which lifted Europe from the Dark Ages.

1.Santa Maria del Fiore - Dominating the panoramic view of Florence is the Santa Maria del Fiore, the domed cathedral that is often called the Duomo. Known today as the world’s largest masonry dome, this majestic cathedral features 600 years worth of stunning architecture and art works. From its beautiful Gothic facade of red, green and white marble to its elaborate interior of stained-glass windows, mosaics, frescoes and bronze statues, the Duomo complex also includes the impressive structures of the Baptistery and Giotto’s bell tower. A climb to the top will reward tourists with incredible views of Florence and outlying valley.

2.Ponte Vecchio - Spanning the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio is one of Florence’s oldest and most photographed bridges. Noted for its three segmented arches, the bridge was first built by the Etruscans and later rebuilt in the 14th century. The bridge’s most striking feature is the line of high-end jewelry shops flanking along each of its edges. Many visitors come here to shop and take photographs. Nighttime presents stunning views when the lighting from the bridge is reflected upon the water.

  1. Uffizi Gallery - Regarded today as one of the world’s greatest art museums, the Uffizi Gallery is located off the Piazza dellaSignoria. This former palace was first built in 1560 to house the offices of the city magistrates. After the ruling dynasty of the Medici family relinquished its power, the palace evolved into an art gallery to showcase its stunning collection of Renaissance art treasures. Opened to the public since 1765, the museum offers thousands of art works by masters like Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Titian.

4.Piazza dellaSignoria - Serving over the centuries as an important center for politics and the site of several historic episodes, the Piazza dellaSignoria is a beautiful square centered among some of the top attractions in Florence. It is here that tourists can visit remarkable places like the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Museum, the Palazzo Uguccioni, the Loggia de Lanzi and the nearby Ponte VecchioBridge. This town square is also a treasure trove of notable sculptures such as a replica of Michelangelo’s Statue of David, the Fountain of Neptune, Hercules and Cacus as well as Perseus with the Head of Medusa.

5 Palazzo Vecchio - One of Florence’s most significant buildings is the Palazzo Vecchio, a grand palace overlooking the Piazza dellaSignoria. Built in the 12th century, the Palazzo Vecchio housed the powerful Medici family as well as Florence’s supreme governing body for six centuries. Since 1872, it has served in part as a museum and as the city town hall. This impressive palace packs a wealth of artifacts and art works that include beautiful frescoes, sculptures, painted ceilings, intricate carvings and tapestries that all depict historic and Biblical events.

6.Galleria dell’Accademia or “Gallery of the Academy” is certainly the most famous for its sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. His Prisoners (or Slaves), his St. Matthew and, above all, the outstanding statue of David are what draw most of the hundreds of thousands of visitors the museum welcomes every year. Other works on display are Florentine paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, including works by Sandro Botticelli and from the High Renaissance such as Giambologna’s original plaster for the Rape of the Sabine Women.

7.Basilica di San- Situated at the center of the city’s main market district, the Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the oldest churches of Florence and was the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family. The church, originally designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th century, is an early example of ecclesiastical Renaissance architecture. The façade of this church was never completed, giving it a striking, rustic appearance. Inside the church is pure Renaissance neo-classical splendor.

Boboli Gardens - Located behind the Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens were created by the Medici family in the 16th century. The beautiful and varied Italianesque garden is home to a large number of statues and fountains. The gardens have passed through several stages of enlargement and restructuring work. They were enlarged in the 17th century to their present extent and have come to form an outdoor museum of garden sculpture that includes Roman antiquities as well as later works.

9.Piazzale Michelangelo - The Piazzale Michelangelo is a large, partly pedestrianized square located across the Arno River from the center of Florence. From the square visitors have a magnificent view over the city. The spacious square was laid out in 1860 by Giuseppe Poggi, a local architect who is also known for his creation of boulevards around the center of Florence.

10.Palazzo Pitti - The Palazzo Pitti is a large 15th century palace situated on the quieter south bank of the Arno river The palace was long the residence of Florence’s rulers until 1919, when it was handed over to the Italian state, which transformed the palace into a museum complex. In spite of its metamorphosis from royal residence to a state-owned public building, the palazzo, sitting on its elevated site overlooking Florence, still retains the air and atmosphere of a private collection in a grand house.

  1. Casa del Vino - Gianni Migliorini's wine bar has one of the best selections of Tuscan vintages in town. Many are sold by the glass and accompanied by an irresistible selection of hams, sausages, cheeses, anchovies and sardines, while a whole roast suckling pig sits on a marble slab, ready to be sliced up for a delicious porchettasandwich. • 16 via dell'Ariento.
  1. Trattoria da Mario - The square behind the food market, the MercatoCentrale, is lined with scores of restaurants and pizzerias, most of which are best avoided. But do look out for the tiny entrance of legendary Trattoria da Mario, a friendly family-run affair that has been serving excellent, well-priced Tuscan food for 60 years. Only open at lunch and often drawing queues as they don't take reservations, it has a menu that changes daily, featuring the classic ribollita vegetable soup and a hearty bollitomisto, boiled beef and tongue with a zingy parsley sauce. It's also worth splashing out for the massive bisteccaFiorentina.• 2 via Rosina.
  1. Il Teatro del Sale - created by flamboyant chef Fabio Picchi and his actress wife, Maria Cassi, you pay €5 to join this artistic club, open from Tuesday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a live show at night. A tempting buffet is laid out, then the chef shouts out dishes from the window of his open kitchen and guests line up to be served wonderful creations like pasta with artichokes and red mullet, oven-roasted with herbs and olive oil. The meal spreads over 10 dishes, with wine and coffee included in the price. Dinner costs €10 extra, as the live entertainment is included in the price.• 18 via de'Macci.
  1. Il Vinaino - A traditional osteria in Florence is known as a fiaschetteria, a spit-and-sawdust tavern where wine was traditionally served straight from the iconic straw-wrapped flask that symboliseschianti around the world. You can feast off a steaming plate of homemade tagliatelle smothered with fresh porcini mushrooms or a rich wild boar sauce.• 124 via Palazzuolo,.
  1. Oibò - the most popular spot on the square is a bright modern cocktail bar with a DJ blasting house and techno dance music. Florence manages to move with the times, and its big student population is drawn to hip locales such as Oibò, rather than to rustic osterie. Lunch is cheap and cheerful – basic pasta and salad dishes – but the time to come is for the aperitivo buffet. From 7pm to 10pm drinks are €8, and accompanied by a huge eat-as-much-as-you-want buffet, which ranges from pizza and lasagne to couscous and caprese salad.• 53 via deiBenci,
  1. Trattoria La Casalinga - For a perfect slice of local Florentine life, don't miss this old-fashioned, home-cooking trattoria, packed at lunch and dinner with locals living in Oltrarno, the artisan neighbourhood across the river from all the famous sights. Renowned for the peposa beef stew, trippaallafiorentina, and baccalà salt cod, cooked allaLivornese with tomatoes and basil.• 9 via deiMichelozzi
  1. Nerbone - A must-see for anyone interested in food, the MercatoCentrale is a seething market stacked with every produce Tuscany is famous for, from olive oil and fragrant white truffles, to finocchiona salami and pecorino cheese. Apart from butchers, fishmongers, cheese specialists and grocers, there is also a host of bars and food stands, yet no one attracts the crowds like Nerbone, founded in 1872. The brave won't be able to resist ox tongue or tripe braised with beans. There is also a fine bruschetta with chicken liver pate, pappa con pomodoro, and cheap daily risotto.• viaSant'Antonino,
  1. Buses -Public transport is widely used in Florence by locals and foreigners alike. The main line is run by ATAF (the buses are either orange or the newer models are a deep purple and white colour). A single ticket is valid for 90 minutes and there are a variety of options you can choose from. Purchase your tickets from authorised sales points (tobacconists, bars, newsagents: anyone with ‘ATAF’ stickers on their shop windows). You can also buy tickets and maps from the ATAF booth in Piazza Stazione.
  1. Trams- Florence only has one electric tramline, the T1, which runs from its own station on Via Alamanni (close to the Santa Maria Novella train station) to the suburbs of Scandicci. Calling in at 14 different stops along the way, an end-to-end journey takes around 25 minutes, operating from 05:30 to midnight every day.
  1. Taxis - Florence is an unusual city in that it’s not customary to flag down a taxi in the street. Instead, you will need to either find a taxi rank or book ahead (taxis do tend to arrive quickly after you’ve called). There are two major taxi companies in the city – Taxi Radio (tel 055 4499/4390) and Taxi Socota (tel 055 4242 or 055 4798).
  1. Renting a bike - Navigating Florence by bike is a great way to get to know the city up close, as well as save money on parking and get a little exercise at the same time. There several bike rental options scattered across the city.
  1. Take the tourist bus - As in many cities, an ideal way to cover lots of ground with minimal hassle is to jump on the city sightseeing bus. These open top buses take you round the city’s most important monuments, and provide you with multi-lingual audio guides so you can hear a little history along the way. Hop on and hop off, as many times as you like, depending on which sights take you’re fancy.

1- Fountain of Neptune, Address: Piazza dellaSignoria, 50122 Firenze, Tel: +39 055 290832

2- Arco di Trionfo, Address: Piazza dellaLiberta' 11, 50129, Firenze, Italia

Tel: +39 055 290832

3- Ponte Vecchio, Address: Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze, Tel: +39 055 294290

4- Campanille di Giotto, Address: Piazza Duomo, 50122 Firenze, Tel: +39 055 230 2885

5- The Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti), Address: Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze, Tel: +39 055 294883

6- Palazzo Strozzi, Address: Piazza degliStrozzi, 50123 Firenze, Italy

Tel: +39 055 264 5155

7- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore, Address: Via dellaCanonica, 1 | Piazza del Duomo, 50122, Florence, Italy, Tel: +39 055 230 2885


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