Florence Attractions Guide

Florence Tourist Attractions 1. Piazza della Signoria The Piazza della Signoria is the heart of the historic and political center in Florence. Here you can find very important sculptures and statues including a copy of Michelangelo's 'David'. 2. Il Duomo The Il Duomo Cathedral, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a Gothic cathedral constructed in the 13th century. Inside, you will find beautiful statues and elaborate doors. The huge cathedral can seat up to 20,000 people. Brunelleschi's Dome is a spectacular work of art. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence. 3. Galleria dell' Academia Florence's Galleria dell Academia boasts many important paintings, sculptures and artworks dating from the 13th to 16th century. Its most famous resident is Michelangelo's David', which is probably the most famous sculpture in the world. The Academia also houses other sculptures by Michelangelo. You will also find a really interesting collection of musical instruments, which were begun by the art loving Medici family. Galleria dell' Academia is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM. 4. The Campinile Bell Tower Located in Piazza del Duomo, the bell tower is designed by the famous Giotto. Climb the 414 steps to see the breathtaking panoramic view of the Cathedral and the city of Florence. It is open from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM. 5. Ponte Vecchio The bridge of Ponte Vecchio was built in 1345, which provided a great view of the Arno River. The bridge was Florence's first bridge and the only surviving bridge from the Medieval Ages, for other bridges were destroyed during the World War II. The Ponte Vecchio is lined with several jewelry shops. 6. The Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden The Pitti Palace is Florence's largest Palazzo, which once served as the Medici Family's home. It has eight different galleries, including art, jewelry, costumes and apartments. Outside is the Boboli Garden, where you will find beautiful gardens and huge fountains with a great view of the city of Florence. This is the perfect place to relax and stroll around. 7. Santa Croce Church Located in the Piazza Santa Croce, the church is the largest Franciscan church in Italy. It holds the tombs of numerous important Florentines such as Dante and Michelangelo. The church and museum is open from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Mondays to Saturdays, and 1 PM to 5:30 PM on Sundays. 8. Galleria delgi Uffizi Italy's largest and most crowded museum, the Galleria delgi Uffizi holds the world's most important art collection during Renaissance period. It holds thousands of paintings, illuminations, sculptures, and tapestries coming from the medieval to the modern ages. You'll see works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael and Perugino. The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM. 9. Mercato Nuovo (Porcellino) Florence provides one of the finest shopping experiences in Europe. You will find premium leather goods, jewelry, souvenirs, artworks and paper goods. Florence has a number of markets selling food, clothing & antique goods. One of the best shopping places is Mercato, Nuovo located on Via Porta Rossa.