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As the regional capital of Tuscany, Florence is brimming with endless masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.

In the Middle Ages, it was an important artistic, cultural, commercial, political, economic and financial center.In the modern age, it was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany from 1569 to 1859 which, with the rule of the Medici and Lorraine families, became one of the richest and most modern states. The various political developments, the financial and mercantile power and the influences in every area of culture have made the city a fundamental melting pot of Italian and European history.

NIn 1865, Florence was proclaimed capital of the Kingdom of Italy (second, after Turin). The city maintained this status until 1871 which was the year that marked the end of the unification of Italy.

It is a predominant university hub, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Website since 1982 and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance – the awareness of a new modern era after the Middle Ages. It was a period of change, cultural and scientific “rebirth” – and of the Italian language thanks to the Florentine dialect used in literature.

One of the most famous places is the Duomo, the cathedral with a tiled dome designed by Brunelleschi and Giotto’s bell tower. The Accademia Gallery exhibits Michelangelo’s David sculpture and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation are kept in the Uffizi Gallery.

10 Monuments and museums to visit in Florence

1. Visit the Uffizi Gallery

This is one of the most famous museums in the world. The palace was designed by Giorgio Vasari for the Medici family “in the river and almost in the air”. To beat the queues and save time, you can buy a ticket beforehand to help you enjoy the museum as best as possible.

2. Allow yourself to be seduced by the night lights around Florence

As the sun sets over the Arno, the Tuscan city appears in all its splendor: the lights of the night dazzle Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Duomo and the Baptistery in all their glory. You can finish your stroll by wining and dining in one of the outstanding restaurants in the city center.

3. Visit the romantic neighboring Florentine town of Fiesole

The hills around Florence are just some of the places you can go trekking to stimulate your mind. Quite apart from the landscape covered in vineyards and olive groves for as far as the eye can see, there are also villas, museums, archaeological excavations, churches, convents, squares – not to mention the breathtaking views.

4. Piazza del Duomo

A large open-air museum that includes the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, San Giovanni’s Baptistery, Santa Reparata’s Crypt and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Each of these monuments is worth visiting individually.

5. Santa Croce Basilica

You will be instantly stunned by the spectacular cathedral that stands in the Piazza Santa Croce. It is one of the most famous churches in Europe and was built by Arnolfo Di Cambio. It houses paintings by Giotto and Donatello and is where the remains of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavelli, Vittorio Alfieri and many others lie.

6. Ponte Vecchio

This is one of the most famous bridges in the world and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. At dusk, an incredibly romantic atmosphere sweeps over the whole surroundings.

7. Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens

The historic residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and the largest monumental green area in the city. Inside the building there are various exhibitions: the Palatine Gallery and the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Gallery and the Costume Gallery.

8. Palazzo Medici Riccardi

The ancient Medici residence has become an exhibition space for temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

It is a beautiful building with very important treasures on display such as the Gallery of Mirrors and the Mages Chapel.

9. Galileo Museum

This museum offers a great day out for both children and adults alike. It has one of the most important collections of scientific instruments attributed to the Medici family, and one exhibit in particular is an ancient piece of proof of how important science is. It is very modern and interactive and offers a series of activities to make understanding these instruments fun.

10. Piazzale Michelangelo

Designed in 1869 by the Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi, Piazzale Michelangelo is the most famous panoramic terraces, giving visitors a breathtaking view over the whole city and the Arno river.

It is a must for every tourist visiting Florence and the ideal place to take postcard-perfect photos – especially at sunset.

The square was dedicated to Michelangelo and you can even come and gaze at a bronze reproduction of his best-known sculpture: the David.

You can either drive there or climb up the steps from Piazza Poggi.

1. Florence with children

For years, there have been interactive laboratories, theater workshops and tourist visits specifically aimed at schools and families with children inside the Palazzo Vecchio. It is a genuine Children’s Museum to go with the playgrounds directly managed by the municipality.

2. Bike tours

Enjoy a day out discovering Florence by bike – there’s no better way to find your way around. Unlike bus and car tours, cycling gives you access to all the charming squares and winding streets of Florence without having to worry about getting caught up in traffic or finding somewhere to park. Check out sights like the Uffizi Gallery and Brunelleschi’s Dome, and listen out for the information which brings every landmark to life.

3. Day trips

Florence is the perfect place to organize days out around Tuscany. Thanks to the various public transport available, destinations and activities, nowhere is out of reach of Florence! History, culture, wine tasting, nature walks, cycling and horse riding are just some of the never-ending possibilities to choose from.

Here are 6 places worth having a look at: Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo, Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti.

4. Go on a food and wine tour

If you use a guide on genuine Florentine produce, you can spend an entire day eating good food including bread drizzled in olive oil, cured meats, cheeses and a sumptuous ice cream for dessert.

5. Cooking lessons

Learn to make tasty pizzas and delicious ice cream just like the Italians do!

he San Giovanni District – The Cultural District

This is the central district with Florence’s famous cathedral – the Duomo. Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower dominate the lovely square which is always packed with tourists.

It is a bustling area with a great deal of important art and history. You can always just chill out and kick back in one of its many bars, restaurants and shops.

The Santa Croce district – The heart of Florentine craftsmanship

The symbol of this area is the Santa Croce church which stands in one of the most beautiful squares in Florence. If shopping is what you are after, this area is made up of iconic little streets with many workshops where artisans work leather, terracotta and paper. It is thanks to them that Florentine craftsmanship is so famous across the globe.

The Santo Spirito district – lazing around the Italian way!

The Santo Spirito covers a large part of the Oltrarno area with the Santo Spirito church and the incredible square right in the center.

It is where Augustinian monks used to pray but is now a venue for concerts and shows. It is one of the liveliest areas in Florence with its seemingly infinite restaurants and pubs.

The Santa Maria Novella District – Florentine Folklore

It used to be a suburban area occupied by Franciscans but is now where the train station is found. Its central location means you can get into the city by train and visit the main monuments on foot. There is a large park called “Le Cascine” located nearby where you can take a stroll or cycle around. However, it is very busy during the holidays. The Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the surrounding area have charming magical streets – no two are alike!

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