Do you want to visit a city rich in architectural and artistic masterpieces? If yes then you should visit Florence. It is a city of wonderment where you can find a number of places of visitors’ interest. If you are planning a tour to Florence then make sure that you have included the following attractions in your list of attractions to see.
The Uffizi Gallery
It is one of the world’s great museums and a home to paintings made by renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. This building was formerly used to house administrative offices but later it turned into a museum. This museum is actually divided into two wings named East Gallery and West Gallery. Both of galleries have 45 rooms altogether which are filled with art collections which are about 1600 in number. The paintings which are kept in Uffizi Museum are from 14th and 15th century. Besides paintings, the Uffizi also boasts of having 16th century sculptures. True art lovers must see this museum at least twice as it has a lot more things to see.
It is the city’s best known attraction and it is recognized easily by the bronze replica of David. It was designed in 1869 by Florentine architect named Giuseppe Poggi and provides magnificent views of the whole city so the best time to visit this place is in evening when it offers elegant views in bright lights.
Located in Piazza Santa Croce, it is a church having a statue of Dante. This church is home of tombs of Italian innovators including Michelangelo and Galileo thus it is also known as Temple of the Italian Glories. The most notable features of this church are its 16 chapels which are decorated by Giotto and his pupils. Some of the other artists whose work has been displayed in church are:
- Antonio Canova
- Luca della Robbia
- Masso di Banco
- Giorgio Vasari
- Antonio Rossellino
- Taddeo Gaddi
- Henry Moore
- Andrea Orcagna
- Santi di Tito
Giotto’s Bell Tower
Giotto’s Bell Tower is 84.7 meters high and 15 meters wide tower which is one of the four principal components of Piazza del Duomo. It stands next to Santa Maria del Fiore and also known as Campanile. It is featured with different colored marble layers making it a worth-seeing place to see. This attraction is not only known for its architecture but also it is featured with work of arts which is incorporated to both outer walls and interior of the tower. If you want to see a grand view of city, you can climb the 414 steps after paying a nominal fee.
Ponte Vecchio which is also known as Old Bridge is located near Mercato Nuevo and offers an opportunity to see Florentine view. It is a medieval bridge dating back to 1345. It is an arch bridge which houses several shops including that of jewelry traders who have been working here since 17th century. This stone-made bridge has been destroyed and rebuilt several times but now, it is among one of the great places for tourists.
These were some of the major attractions of Florence. Visit these and have a wonderful and enjoyable time.