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Florence, Italy

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Florence Attractions

It’s no wonder that UNESCO has declared Florence a “cultural World Heritage.” When you visit the city, you’ll see sign after sign of what some of the greatest artists have left behind. You’ll find art and magnificent architecture everywhere you turn.

Basilicas and Churches
One of the most important Florence attractions is the Basilica di Santa Croce. This is an important landmark and the richest medieval church which was built in 1294. The chapel was designed by Brunelleschi. Frescoes by Giotto decorate the walls where one of the earliest Renaissance tombs is located. Important personalities are buried here. Among them are Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli.

Continue your visit on to the Church of San Lorenzo. This is the oldest religious structure in Florence. Its construction dates back to 400 AD. The church of Santo Spiritto is a must among Florence attractions. Its elaborate interior is a masterpiece of the Renaissance credited to Brunelleschi.

Important Icons
The Baptistry is among the most important Florence attractions. This beautiful building boasts an impressive door built in the 5th century by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Its façade however is from the 11th century. It’s said that the structure is a representation of birth, death, and resurrection.

The world comes to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece the David. This tall marble sculpture stands in the center of Accademia gallery. It’s the most visited gallery in Europe and at the top of Florence's attractions.

Piazza Del Duomo is perhaps another one of the most important Florence attractions. In the midst of it you’ll find the Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence’s cathedral el Duomo. This set of monuments stands out above the city. The magnificent cathedral’s dome is another design by Bruneleschi.

The Palazzo Vecchio was the main palace of the city. It was built in 1299 as the main site for the Signoria. These were a group of men who ran Florence’s Republican government.

A recognizable icon and Florence attraction is the Ponteveccio. It’s the oldest bridge in the city. It’s truly remarkable that it still remains intact. The Nazis bombed the city destroying everything on both sides of the bridge. Today it’s a beautiful landmark lined with jewelry stores selling Florentine gold.

Important Homes and Palaces
The Casa di Dante was the home where Dante resided. Today it’s a museum that displays portraits and accounts of his works, life and exile from the city.

Of the most important palaces and Florence attractions is the Pitti Palace. It’s a collection of art museums that house celebrated gems of art.

Another must is the Palazzo Corsini an example of Florentine Baroque houses. It’s home to the largest private art collections. There are paintings and sculptures by Signorelli, and Bellini.

Galleries
Galleries and museums house treasures of art. Of the most renowned is the Galleria degli Uffizi. It was built in the late part of the 16th century. It’s the home of the greatest collections of all times of Italian and Florentine artists.

Florence attractions are beyond description. You have to see them for yourself.
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