Florence is in Central Italy and is the capital of the Tuscany region. Thousands of years ago, it was the center of trade and finance in Europe and was also one of the wealthiest cities in that time. Many historians believe that Florence was the starting place for the Renaissance. Today, visitors can still experience the beauty from hundreds of years ago.
Landmarks in Florence
The most famous sight in Florence has got to be Brunelleschi’s famous masterpiece, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or better known as Florence’s Duomo. This was built in 1436, and even after 500 years, the dome is still one of the largest in the world. Guests can walk up the 463 steps to the very top to get the best view in Florence. If guests are feeling up to it, they can even climb Giotto’s Campanile, or bell tower, that is across from the Dome, and will allow for some amazing pictures of the famous Duomo.
Art lovers will be in heaven at the Uffizi. This art gallery houses some of the most famous Renaissance art, which includes Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. The gallery in itself is a work of art built in the 16th century. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari, an Italian painter. Make sure to give yourself a few hours to explore the rooms within the gallery.
One of the most famous sculptures in the world lives within the Galleria dell’Accademia. While there are many amazing artworks within the gallery, Michelangelo’s David is the most famous. You may have to wait in line, but it is well worth the visit to see the 26-year old’s 500-year-old sculpture.
Want to check out some amazing architect and some of Michelangelo’s artwork but don’t feel like crowds? Head over to Cappelle Medicee. This chapel was built by the Florentine family and includes a beautifully painted dome, which is the second largest in Florence, and includes some of the famous Michelangelo’s sculptures. This cathedral is not that well known, so many times it is not too crowded.
Foodies may enjoy strolling through Mercato Centrale. This is a two-story food market that sells everything from meat to fish, fruits to vegetables, and cheeses to wine. The upstairs food court is a great place to catch some lunch. Foodies may also enjoy the coffee and pastries at Caffe Gilli or the gelato at Vivoli Gelato.
There are so many great tours to reserve when planning your next trip to Florence, Italy. Whether you are into history, art, or food, there is a tour for everyone in this beautiful city.
The VIP David and Duomo Tour allows visitors to see two of Florence’s most visited sights without the big crowds. Guests will get access first thing in the morning to Florence Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David. The private tour guide will give background on the artists and some of his work. Afterwards, the tour will head onto the streets of Florence where the guide will continue explaining the history of the city and pointing out major attractions. The last stop will be at Filippo Brunelleschi’s best work, the Duomo. Even after five-hundred years, the dome on this cathedral remains one of the largest in the world. At the end of the tour, guests will have the option to skip the lines and walk up to the top of the Dome, where you will get a bird’s eye view of all Florence has to offer.
Only have one day to explore Florence? No problem! The Florence in a Day with David, Duomo, Uffizi, and Walking Tour is the perfect Florence Tour. This walking tour starts off at Florence Accademia, where you will view and learn about Michelangelo’s David and Slaves. The tour continues to the streets and past the Duomo. While the tour does not include entry inside the Duomo, the guide will give all the history of this magnificent cathedral. After lunch, the tour will step inside the Uffizi Gallery and learn about some of the most famous Renaissance artwork. Besides viewing some of the most spectacular artwork Florence has to offer, this walking tour will also have guests experiencing a leather market, an outdoor sculpture gallery, and some sites made famous from Dan Brown stories.
If you want a tour that is a bit different, consider the Dine Around Florence tour. This tour is a foodies dream! Guests will take a walking tour through the Oltrarno and Santo Spirito neighborhoods of Florence all while stop in at some of the local’s favorite wine bars and restaurants. The tour starts off at a enoteca, or wine bar, where guests will be able to try different wines and homemade olive oils. Afterwards, it is on to one more enoteca where, once again, you will be able to try sine and some Italian cold cuts. Once guests have gotten a taste of the local wines, it is off to the main dinner. The tour will dine at a locally owned restaurant where guests will have three meals to include Tuscany’s famous soups and meat. The tour ends at a gelato place, where dessert will be enjoyed. The local tour guide will share stories and facts about Italian cuisine and wines throughout this walking food tour.