THINGS TO SEE IN FLORENCE
Florence is, without question, one of the most magic cities in the world. History, art, architecture – if someone is keen on one of these fields at least , he will find thousands reasons to be delighted. This is why hordes of people from all over the world come to spend at least one day in Florence – it means leading a normal life in this city is a bit burdensome. However, in this article I will advise you where to go in terms of the short period. In the following one I will describe my favourite places, but from the perspective of inhabitant.
SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
Most of people takes their first steps in Florence right here – just after leaving the central station you should head for the church with the same name – Santa Maria Novella. If you feel hungry after the journey, I remind you that you can eat a delicious pizza in Fratelli Cuore, which is situated on the station!
CATTEDRALE DI SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE
It’s definitely my favourite place, to which I have the biggest fondness. I was living there for 5 months, but there’s something I never get tired of looking at. It doesn’t matter whether you watch Duomo during the day or at night – at any time it looks equally amazing. I can admire this building on and on. Although I was passing a hundred times next to it, the view of it is something I miss the most. I liked to come there at night – without a herd of tourists, you can feel the magic in the air.
BASILICA SAN LORENZO
Beautiful, great basilica, where were buried some of Medici family.
PIAZZA DELLA REPUBBLICA
It’s the another fairy-tale place. It’s possible to meet here some street artists, what makes this spot even more special. There’s Mercato del Porcellino nearby – a market with leather articles and a famous boar – if you pet him, it will guarantee you coming back to Florence.
PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA
It’s a beautiful square, on which is located famous Palazzo Vecchio – Medici family old residence. Next to it you will find Loggia dei Lanzi, where you can admire gorgeous sculptures – copies of Perseus with the Head of Medusa and The Rape of the Sabine Women. You can find here also the copy of David sculpture and Fountain of Neptune, which unfortunately I haven’t seen because it was being renovated (but I saw pictures and it seems to be amazing!). And the important information for all hungry people – next to it there’s All’Antico Vinaio, where you can eat the best panino in Florence.
Behind Piazza della Signoria, there’s this magnificent art gallery, to which you should stop by, if you plan to stay more than 1 day (it takes about 3 hours to watch all masterpieces). The view of the gallery is also amazing from the outside.
It’s the oldest bridge in Florence – there are no words to describe it, you must see this!
PALAZZO PITTI I BOBOLI GARDENS
The Medici palace – it’s worth seeing, especially inside, where it impresses more. Behind it, on the huge area spread Boboli Gardens – you can spend there time in a very relaxing way, provide that you have time – it takes about 4 hours to explore the area. I recommend goint to Giardino Bardini, which are next to Boboli Gardens- from both gardens spread incredible view of Florence.
GIARDINO DELLE ROSE
Ovecoming not easy way to Piazzale Michelangelo (maaany stairs) I recommend you to take a break in Giardino delle Rose. You can rest here from the hustle and bustle, admiring one of the most beautiful views in Florence, next to the romantic roses.
If we are talking about amazing views.. Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the most beatiful places to see the sunset. The crowd of people could interrupt you a bit admiring, yet it’s worth bringing the bottle of wine and enjoying the moment. ,
PIAZZA SANTA CROCE
Beautiful place – in the evening it’s a very busy square (Erasmus people understand what I mean). In front of the church there’s a monument of Dante Alighieri, inside many known personalities were buried, including Dante, Michelangelo and Galileo.
GREAT SYNAGOGUE IN FLORENCE
Close to the piazza Santa Croce there is an amazing, large, jewish synagogue. It’s impressive.
CIMITERO DEGLI INGLESI
On the Piazzale Donatello there’s the English Cemetery, where are beautiful sculptures ornamenting tombstones. It made an impression on me, there’s something particular in this place. You can sit on the bench there and compose yourself. Some of sculptures can prompt you to reflection, especially Death holding the sticker, looking for the next victim.
It was my official list of places to see in Florence. My unofficial checklist I will publish later so be vigilant, because you won’t find my hints in any guide!
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