Florence is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world. It’s well visited all over the year for good reason.
In the 15th century, Florence was one of the richest cities in the world and it is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The reason for the unbelievable amount of art and culture in the city was the Medici Family. They were one of the wealthiest and most influential family dynasties in Florence for several centuries. With all the art and buildings they’re still present in the city and set themselves a monument here.
Florence was part of our Tuscany trip. We spent a half day here and regret we didn’t stay longer. Florence is just too beautiful and you should definitely spend more time here.
If it’s possible for you, stay a few days and enjoy the city’s special atmosphere. If not, this list is perfect for you.
Well, this is the reason, why half a day was enough for us. Actually, you could easily spend one day in the Uffizi. Unfortunately, we didn’t book tickets in advance and therefore couldn’t see it. Prepare yourself in advance for Florence’s main sights, so you won’t be disappointed.
The Uffizi are a huge building complex with an art collection of paintings and sculptures from ancient times to the late baroque period. It is one of the most known and famous museums in the world. Next time we will definitely visit it.
Piazza del Duomo
Here you’ll find the amazing Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Her facade is really beautiful and you can’t miss it. The decision to build this church was made at the end of the 13th century but it took until the end of the 19th century, until everyone was happy with the facade.
Just like the Uffizi, we didn’t have entry tickets and the queue looked like it was going all around the city. Prepare yourself in advance and book a ticket online, so you can avoid queuing and go up the cupola. The view over Florence must be amazing.
Another important building is the Campanile di Giotto which stands next to the cathedral. It’s a perfect example for Italian Gothic architecture in Tuscany. Just like the cathedral it’s complexly decorated. It has seven bells inside and was built in the 14th century.
Of course, this place was named after Florence’s most famous child, the painter and genius Michelangelo. You can enjoy the most famous view of Florence here. The Piazzale Michelangelo was built in 1856.
If I had to choose only one must see in Florence, it would be this view point.
Piazza della Signoria
The Piazza della Signoria is a great and central square in the Old Town of Florence. It’s not only interesting because of the huge masses of people, drinking coffee here, eating Gelato or taking pictures.
Numerous buildings and statues give you the feeling of being at a special place even before you know where you are.
Among other things you’ll find a copy of Michelangelo’s David Statue and the Palazzo Vecchio.
This is one of my favourite bridges, because it is so endlessly romantic. It doesn’t matter if you see it from outside or stand on it. The best thing to do is to buy a Gelato, sit on the wall next to the Arno river and become overwhelmed by the view.
It is the oldest bridge in Florence. It was again the Medici family being responsible for its present look. At the beginning, it was butchers and tanners having their businesses here. In the middle of the 16th century, they were replaced by goldsmiths as they weren’t causing any rubbish. They are still here today.
During World War II, Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence, not having been destroyed.
Do you like our Top 5 list? Is there anything else you would love to see in Florence?
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