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Top 11 Florence Attractions
1. Uffizi Gallery
In the wonderful city of Florence there are many attractions that delight the eye of tourists, and also cherish their sense of beauty. One of these buildings - the Uffizi Gallery - is located in the center of Florence between Piazza Della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio bridge, voluntarily and unwittingly attracting many tourists. The Uffizi Gallery, which occupies a total area of 13,000 square meters, provides true connoisseurs of art from one of the most important and large collections, which covers works by both Italian and foreign artists who worked from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Attention! From March 1, 2019, to October 31, 2019, the cost of a full ticket to the Uffizi: € 24 + € 4 advance booking fee. During exhibitions, the price may increase.
2. Accademia Gallery
The Academy Gallery in Florence is the first European art school. The collection of works of art of the Academy is one of the most valuable in Italy. Most tourists go to Florence in order to get to the Academia Gallery. The Gallery’s collection is replenished with works of art from other cities. During the wars with Napoleon, in order not to lose the artistic legacy, the Roman Church donated its treasures to the Academy.
Michelangelo's “David” sculpture is a five-meter five-ton statue, which was transferred to the gallery in 1873 from Signoria Square, where it stood for 400 years. If looking closely, David’s right hand is disproportionately large. It is believed that so the sculptor displayed the hero's nickname - “strong hand”. A piece of marble, from which Michelangelo created his masterpiece, was twice processed by his predecessors. There is always a big queue in front of the Gallery and they run in small groups of 30 people. Therefore, to buy a ticket at the box office on the side of the entrance, you will have to stand for 2-3 hours.
4. Palazzo Vecchio
The ancient palace, called the Palazzo Vecchio, gave the inhabitants of Florence one of the most prolific Italian architects of the 13th century. Palazzo Vecchio is the main decoration of Piazza Signor. Particular emphasis is given to the clock tower, towering above the main building. Palazzo Vecchio is the symbol of Florence. The Lion Gate, guarded by the statues of David and Hercules, opens the entrance to the inner courtyard of the Old Palace, also called the First. Having barely set foot on the stone slabs of the courtyard, the traveler pauses for a second, trying to absorb all his beauty. On Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can get inside the Palazzo Vecchio from 9:00 to 19:00. On Thursday, the palace receives visitors from 9:00 to 14:00. Visiting the halls of the museum of the Old Palace will cost you 14 euros.
5. Piazza della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria is located in Florence in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. It was this residence, once called the Palazzo Signoria, and gave the name of the square. Piazza Della Signoria is a museum of open-air: here you can see the best works of famous masters of Florence. On the Lanzi Loggia, which was intended for republican assemblies, there are 15 statues, however, almost all of them are copies. Among them are Donatello's sculpture "Judith with the Head of Holofernes" and the composition of Baccio Bandinelli "Hercules, who defeated Cacus." The square can be viewed in 30-40 minutes, with the palace, so plan a visit for 2-3 hours. And in between - drink coffee in one of the old cafes on the square.
6. Florence Cathedral
The most beautiful and popular attraction of Florence is the Florence Cathedral - a symbol of the capital of Tuscany. Florence Cathedral makes an indelible impression. The symbolic first stone, the foundation of the cathedral was laid in September 1296 by the envoy of Pope Boniface VIII. Lacy knit exterior decor gives way to the laconic interior of the Catholic church. The most important relic of Santa Maria del Fiore is the urn with the relics of St. Zinovy of Florence, discovered in the ruins of the temple of Santa Reparata in the 14th century. Work Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - open from 10:00 to 17:00; Saturday - from 10:00 to 16:45; Sunday from 13:30 to 16:45.
7. Ponte Vecchio
One of the main attractions of Florence can be called the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which in Italian means “Old Bridge”. This is not just a ferry from one bank of the Arno to another, but also a unique architectural monument, which has not changed since the 14th century. The bridge was built in 1345. The architect changed the outline of the bridge, creating a solid and at the same time not devoid of grace construction consisting of three arches. The length of the central arch is 30 meters, and the side is 27. By the beginning of the 17th century, the bridge received its second name - “Golden Bridge”. In the center of the building are interrupted, forming two open panoramic platforms with a view of the river.
8. Pitti Palace
Walking through Florence, go to the southern bank of the Arno River via Ponte Vecchio. Then slowly stroll down the street Guicciardini. And you will not notice how the road will lead you to Pitti Square. The Pitti Palace is an artistic landmark on the other side of the Arno in Florence and is a magnificent palace that used to be the residence of the Medici. Today there are various museums here, including the costume museum, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Royal Apartments. From the top floor of the gallery of modern art offers stunning views of the city. The palace is open to the public daily, except Mondays, from 8-15 to 18-50. The entrance to the inside closes at 17-30. After all, only in the Palatine Gallery is not less than 500 paintings. And the inspection takes time, and not one hour.
9. Medici Chapels
Florence, like almost any Italian city, is literally flooded with landmarks, historical monuments and all sorts of priceless artifacts. Among all this abundance there are places that must be visited, and one of these places is the Medici Chapel. The central object in the Medici Chapel is the altar. On the right and left side of the altar are the tombs of the dukes Giuliano Nemursky and Lorenzo Urbinsky. Directly opposite the altar, on the opposite wall in the protruding basement rests the ashes of two more Medici - Lorenzo the Magnificent and his sibling Giuliano. Recommended visit duration is an hour. Buy tickets beforehand, in order not to stay in long lines.
10. Bargello Museum
Bargello Museum is often overlooked by tourists, contains an impressive collection of sculptures, including Michelangelo’s early works. On the ground floor, there are such masterpieces as the famous David Donatello, his Saint George, and the tiles created for the baptismal door contest. The situation itself is quite remarkable: Bargello was the first city hall of Florence, therefore it is saturated with the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Opening hours: from Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 17:00, on Saturday and Sunday from 8:15 to 16:50. Ticket price for adults - 14 EUR, for pensioners and students - 6 EUR, for children - 5 EUR.
11. Boboli Gardens
Once in Florence, you will surely immerse yourself in the tourist bustle of this beautiful city. And if you want to pause without stopping to see the many sights, visit the Boboli Gardens. Boboli Gardens in Florence houses a collection of sculptures dating from the XVI-XVIII centuries and you can observe the history of Florence, surrounded by magnificent nature. Entrance through the Pitti Palace. Italian garden in the style of the Renaissance. The garden boasts many statues and panoramic views of the city. Especially beautiful in spring when the flowers bloom. For technical works, the gardens are closed to the public on the first and last Mondays of the month, on New Year, May 1 and on Christmas.