Ah Florence, one of the most beautiful, romantic cities I’ve ever visited. When I asked on a recent Insta Poll what city you’d like me to focus on next an overwhelming amount of you said Florence. It’s goes without saying that it is definitely a spot for the Art lovers, but it’s oh so much more. With Sights such as the stunning Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Accademia and Palazzo Pitti this city has something at almost every turn.
Florence seemed to peak in the Middle Ages, and Renaissance period. It became immensely rich in Culture and Art creating this architecturally stunning city we have today. You may ask which sights would I recommend you don’t miss on your trip to Florence.
It goes without saying, a trip to Florence is slightly a miss without visiting Duomo. Even if you just go look at it’s stunning facade. Brunelleschi’s dome was erected between 1418 and 1434 after much controversy over his competition submission. We should all take the time to appreciate the architectural design and feat that this work showcases. No scaffolding fellas! You can visit some wonderful art work inside the Duomo or visit the nearby Campanile and get a totally different look at the Cathedral.
- Uffizi Gallery
Home to some of my favourite art. I much prefer this collection over the Accademia, but David yo. If you like Renaissance art then YOU MUST GO. Be smart though, prebook your tickets online to get allocated a time slot (shorter queue) and avoid the ridiculously long queue. Home to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Gentile da Fabriano’s Adoration of the Magi, Titian’s Venus of Urbino and Caravaggio’s Bacchus to name a few.
- Boboli Gardens
The Boboli Gardens are described as an ‘open air museum’ and hold some outstanding sculptures and fountains for anyone to explore. It’s well worth exploring as demonstrates around 400 years of development. With a visit to a main city it’s a great idea to explore a gardens/estate area on a day to break up the hustle and bustle of tourist life. Tickets are 17 euros full priced but well worth the money.
- Piazzale Michelangelo
What is a visit to Italy without a Piazza? To rival the skyline of Manhattan, Piazzale Michelangelo gives us a full history lesson in Florence. From side to side you can see some of the most phenomenal examples of Florentine culture and architecture. You can actually walk here from the centre or catch a number 12 or 13 bus. I found on my last visit the wonderful double decker city sightseeing buses stop off here. It gives you a little time to enjoy Florence at a distance. It is quite a tourist trap though so prepare for a few crowds.
- Wine Tasting in the Chianti Region
Okaaaaay, so not technically in Florence. But what would a trip to Tuscany be without a little vino? You can book Wine tasting tours from Florence here. I highly recommend.
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