Florence Attractions The ‘Must-See’ if You’re Limited for Time
It’s quite a shame, if you only have a limited amount of time to spend in Florence. It is a city full of impressive and historically important attractions and sights. From churches to museums and significant squares, you’ll find this Tuscan town elegant and endearing.
The Florence Attractions You Must See:
Most of the top tourist Florence attractions are in the central historic district. There is simply not as much to see in the outskirts of town. You can access the most interesting sites from the center of town.
Piazza della Signoria
This is the most well-known square in Florence. It has much historic value and features an open-air exhibit of sculpture. The Piazza della Signoria is the political center of Florence, and has been so since the middle ages. Within the square, you will find the medieval Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall.
Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore
A visit to Florence is not complete without a visit to the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore. This gothic duomo was started before 1300 and can seat 20,000 people. The marble exterior shows interesting statues and doors. Brunelleschi’s Dome inside is a true masterpiece.
This is the civil power symbol for Florence. The construction rests atop an ancient Roman theater from the Florencia colony. The ruins viewable in the underground level are awe-inspiring.
The Bell Tower of Piazza del Duomo
The bell tower, known locally as the Campanile, was originally designed by Giotto di Bondone, an Italian architect and artist. He contributed greatly to the Italian Renaissance. He was respected as a sovereign painter. Climbing over 400 steps to the top, you will experience wondrous views of the city and its surroundings.
The Baptistery of Saint John the Baptist
Built in the 11th century, the Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence, and highly recommended to see as a Florence Attractions. It features three reproductions of bronze doors now housed in the Duomo Museum. The white and green marble creates a truly lovely building. The inside is home to a marble zodiac pavement and intricate mosaics.
The Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Museum
These are the most often visited of Florence’s museums. The interesting and famous art works within the Accademia Gallery must indeed be some of Michelangelo’s finest works. The most famous work of art here is David, the magnificent marble statue that almost everyone knows on sight.
The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte
The Basilica is a fine example of the architecture of Tuscan Romanesque work. It is found outside of the city of Florence on a monte (hill). The views of Florence from this vantage point are truly breathtaking.
The Boboli Garden is one of the most elegant and largest of the Italian gardens. It has been extended through the years, with several periods of restructuring and enlargement. The earlier works were close to the palace, and although drawn by Niccolò Tribolo, the actual work on these lush gardens would be completed after his death.
This old bridge was once the only one across Florence’s River Arno. In 1345, it was rebuilt following a flood. In World War II, the Germans did not destroy this bridge, although they did so to all other bridges over the River Arno. Rather, the Germans chose to block bridge access by laying waste to the buildings located on either side.
Spending even a short time seeing Florence attractions will underscore your belief in the beauty of Italy. I personally adore the city of Florence and Florence Attractions and it is so easy to feel lost and at home at the same time in this amazing city. Be sure to check back for some wild stories of late night runs for the worlds (arguably) gelato, getting to the front of the line to see David, and personal journeys in and around the city.
It is truly a city not to be missed.