From the unspoilt narrow streets, to the fabulous architecture and world class art, Florence has an intrinsic magic that has secured it a permanent place on the world’s ‘must see’ list.
Known as ‘The cradle of Renaissance’, Florence is as rich in culture as it is in history, and people flock there to walk around the shops and bars, absorbing the evocative atmosphere, as well as to visit the many museums, galleries and iconic landmarks.
Florence’s cathedral, named in honour of Santa Maria del Fiore, is the city’s most iconic landmark. With a majestic dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, it is a vast gothic structure that dominates the skyline of the city. It is, however, only one of many beautiful churches in Florence where magnificent works of art, commissioned by the greatest artists of the time, can be seen.
The architecture of piazzas and buildings in Florence – mostly unchanged since the Renaissance – is endlessly awe inspiring in itself but there are treasures hidden behind the doors of the many museums and art galleries that must be seen to experience the true essence of Florence. And there are no shortage of museums to choose from; the world famous Uffizi gallery, the Acedemia Gallery and Florence’s largest museum complex, The Palazzo Pitti, are just a few.
As with all cities with major tourist attractions, Florence can get very busy at times, so if you would like to escape the hustle and bustle for a while then hop on a bus to the small town of Fiesole. As well as the sights of interest in and around Fiesole itself, the panoramic view of Florence from the Feasolean hills is spectacular.