Must-sees in Florence: Top 7 places to visit

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Florence is a beautiful city in Central Italy in the Tuscany region. The city has more than 700,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area and receives about 16 million tourists per year. It is no surprise that Florence attracts so many people. Indeed, it offers many interesting sights, especially thanks to the Historic Centre. UNESCO declared the area as a World Heritage Site in 1982. You will find out that the city has a very rich history and culture! Here are the top 7 must-sees in Florence that you need to see.

#1 Must-sees in Florence: Gallerie Degli Uffizi

Le Gallerie degli Uffizi is in the Historic Center of Florence. It is Italy’s most visited museum and known in the entire world mainly for its many beautiful Renaissance works. In 2019, about 5 million people visited the Uffizi Gallery. In 2016, there were 101 display rooms, but renovations are being done in order to double this number. If you are an art lover, you will be blown away by all these paintings. However, even the people who are less experienced in the field will recognize some items. Indeed, you will be able to admire Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Galleries among other works. 

#2: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

This cathedral, also known as the Duomo di Firenze, dates back to 1296. This is when the construction of the impressive building began, and the structure was completed in 1436. The main style of the Florence Cathedral is Gothic, with a beautiful 19th-century Gothic Revival façade. There are many elements to see, outside and inside as well. Of course, the dome at the top of the cathedral might be the main feature. But do not miss out on the detailed façade, or the main portal. Inside, you will be stunned by the huge decorated clock, the busts, and frescoes. Tourists come from all over the world to admire this impressive sacred building. 

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Image by djedj from Pixabay

#3: Galleria dell’Accademia 

The Galleria dell’Accademia is an art museum that is mainly known for being the place that houses Michelangelo’s sculpture David. However, the museum contains many other interesting pieces by Florentine artists. The art dates back from 1300 to 1600. This art gallery is smaller than the Uffizi. So it is perfect for art-lovers who do not want to get overwhelmed by a huge crowd. 

#4 Must-sees in Florence: Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of the city of Florence. You will find it on the Piazza della Signoria. In this square, you will also be able to see a copy of the David statue. The Palazzo is an extensive building with many different areas to see. Indeed, when you first enter, you will go through three courtyards. Overall, you will be able to admire chambers, halls, themed rooms, and apartments, all beautifully decorated. Take the opportunity to learn about the history of this building, which is fascinating and complex. 

Courtyard in Palazzo Vecchio, Image by travelspot from Pixabay

#5: Mercato Centrale

The Central Market is the perfect place to go if you want to discover Tuscany’s typical culinary products. You can of course shop for ingredients to cook yourself, but you can also go to Mercato Centrale to eat. Indeed, you will find the market on the ground floor, but the first floor offers some places to eat! You can even get a drink if you sit at one of the tables of the market. Mercato Centrale is truly heaven for food-lovers as they even propose cooking classes. The Lorenzo de’ Medici cooking school often organizes courses in both Italian and English.

#6: Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo is without a doubt the best place from which to take a picture of Florence. Indeed, this square in the Oltrarno district offers a stunning panoramic view of the city. Even if it was named after the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, this square only dates back to the late 18th century. You will be able to find bronze copies of some of the sculptor’s works. Among them are David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. Piazzale is definitely a great place for photographers! You can capture the art in the square but also the landmarks that can be seen from there. Among them are the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, or Ponte Vecchio.

#7 Must-sees in Florence: Giardino Boboli

Right behind Palazzo Pitti, you will find these huge gardens. The Boboli Gardens is a historical park open since 1766. It was one of the first and most important examples of Italian gardens. Its style is based on symmetry and axial geometry. In Boboli Gardens, you will, among other things, find an amphitheater with an Egyptian obelisk in its center. There are also various beautiful water features such as the Fountain of Neptune. Walking around the gardens during a hot day is very enjoyable. It is the perfect spot if you want to take a break from the crowds.

Giardino Boboli, Image from Flickr

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