Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany, one of the most beautiful regions in Italy – it’s considered to be a cultural, architectural and artistic gem, and was culturally the most important city in Europe during the middle ages.
Florence prides itself on being the birthplace on many things, from inventing the gold florin (which saved Europe from the dark ages) to inventing the Opera, introducing the fork, bringing the Renaissance into France, and contributing with a long list of world famous artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Donatello – to name but a few…
As you can guess, there is a lot of history and cultural attractions to explore in Florence, and here is a quid guide to the must-see’s…
With so many world famous artists from Florence, there are obviously a lot of museums in this city to explore.
The Uffizi is the most famous museum, with some of the world’s most famous fine art museums with collations of Renaissance paintings and antique sculptures (EU citizens 18-25 pay half price!). Admission fee is €11, and prepare for long lines.
Other great museums are Bargello, Accademia Gallery, Pitti Palace and Museuo Dell’Opera del Duomo.
Santa Maria del Fiore
This beautiful cathedral is the symbol of Florence, and is well worth a visit. To get one of the best views of the city, you can climb the 464 steps up the Dome.
From there you can see the Tuscan country side and the impressive churches and palaces sticking up among the roof tops of the city.
Behind the Pitti Palace you’ll find extensive gardens spread out, offering beautiful views of the city and sculptures to admire while relaxing on the grass with a delicious gelato in hand.
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