Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and is famous for its beauty. Florence always attracts tourists by its unique Renaissance art and sculpture collection.
Florence has the masterpiece works of the famous artists, writers, and explorers like Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, Michelangelo and many others. There are so many places you can visit but here is the list of the most famous and most visited sights of Florence-
1. Uffizi Gallery
It was built in 1560 and is one of the world’s greatest and well-known art museums in the world. The ruling dynasty of Medici family collected private paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. When the family lost the power the palace is opened to public as an art gallery. The lines for tickets are always long so to avoid this you can buy ticket online.
2. Boboli Gardens
Boboli gardens are peaceful and very beautiful. It was created by Medici family in the 16th century. So many sculptures were added and enlarged till 19th century. It has so many Roman antiquities, large statues and many fountains. You can buy online ticket to avoid long lines.
3. Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio or ‘old bridge’ is Florence’s one of the oldest bridges. It is famous for goldsmith and jewelry shops. The night view of the bridge is very photogenic and stunning.
4. Santa Maria del Fiore
Commonly known as Duomo, is Gothic cathedral and architectural masterpiece. It has a huge dome and the interior is very impressive. You can climb 463 stairs to the dome and enjoy the view of the city.
It is one of the oldest buildings and is famous for its bronze doors. It is octagonal in shape and the exterior is white Carrara marble and green Prato marble which is the best example of Florentine Romanesque architecture.
6. Galleria dell’Accademia
Galleria dell’Accademia is always crowded with tourists from all around the world. It is famous for art works of Michelangelo and painting. The most famous sculpture is of David and there are also some unfinished works of him like statues of four prisoners and St. Matthew.
7. Palazzo Pitti
It was a vast palace bought by Medici family which is now converted into museum complex. It has a Palatine gallery which has the paintings by Raphael, Titian and Rubens. The complex also has a gallery of modern art, costume gallery, Medici treasury and Porcelain museum.
8. Fountain of Neptune
It is famous sculpture and was built in 16th century by Bartolomeo Ammannati, student of Michelangelo. Neptune, the god of freshwater and sea standing on octagonal base and face of Neptune resembles the Cosimo De’ Medici. He was the second duke of Florence and wanted Florence to be the super power in the world.
9. Corso Street
The street is in the centre of the Florence and lined by small shops. You can get anything you want that suits your budget. The street has lovely boutiques where all the items are made of Italian materials.
10. Central market
If you are a foodie person then you should definitely visit central market. Inside the building, you can shop fresh meat, vegetables, fish, cheese and other grocery items. The stalls on the streets have leather items like jackets, shoes, crafts, bags and also have souvenir shops.
11. Leonardo da Vinci Museum
The museum has some of the inventions, machines and paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. You will see machine of wars, civil engineering machines like revolving crane and the machine of fight like ornithopter and many others. It has the copy of the famous paintings like Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and Annunciation.
There are so many other places like Museum of San Marco, Giotto’s bell Tower, Republic Square and many more.