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Culture of Florence. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Brunelleschi Of course, Duomo remains the most vivid architectural landmark of Florence. No monument of the past can match with the beauty of this great place. In addition to the magnificent cathedral, visitors of the city must see Baptistery, which facade is lined with delicate marble tiles. The baptistery’s facing was made yet in the 12th century and two centuries later the dome of the building was decorated with beautiful Byzantine mosaics. The gate in front of the building is also decorated with panels with bas-reliefs, which depict John the Baptist.
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The center of the city is the location of another prominent religious attraction - the Basilica of Santa Croce. This church was built in Gothic style, and its rooms are decorated with beautiful frescoes by Giotto. The basilica is the location of several tombs of great figures of the country. The beautiful church of Santa Maria Novella is located next to Grand Central Station. This place also attracts travelers with its unusual architecture and luxurious interior decoration. Dominican monks began to build the church in the 13th century, but the building ended with the erection of the shrine only 200 years later. Perhaps, Uffizi Gallery is the most famous and attractive cultural institution of the city. This place is certainly worth visiting regardless of the fact whether you are a connoisseur of art or just a tourist.
House of Dante is surely a vibrant cultural attraction of the city. A beautiful old mansion - the birthplace of the world-renowned poet – has been turned into a museum. Modern Art Gallery, which exhibits a collection of works by Italian artists of the Renaissance, can simply not be ignored. The gallery often hosts exhibitions by young artists. In the famous Palatine Gallery you can see priceless works of Botticelli, Van Dyck, Caravaggio and Rubens. The gallery is opened in the beautiful Pitti Palace, which is also a prominent landmark of the city. The project of the palace was developed by architect Filippo Brunelleschi - one of the best masters of the 19th century. Bargello Castle, built in 1255, is a no less impressive architectural landmark of the city. In 1859 it was decided to open the National Museum in the palace. Therefore, now its spacious halls exhibit the collections of ancient sculptures and paintings. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Florence Cathedral, Florence

» Santa Maria del Fiore means ‘the flower of St. Mary.’ The Cathedral is the most important in Florence and one of the largest churches in Italy.
» The Florence Cathedral is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
» At least six architects were employed in the development of the project and construction.
» A number of famous painters and sculptors, including Michelangelo, worked hard to decorate the Florence Cathedral.
» One of the most interesting features of the temple is the tower decorated with 16 statues of the patriarchs and prophets, as well as bas-reliefs depicting the creation of man and woman, the planet, human labor and inventions.
» The top-level tower offers the most stunning panoramic views of Florence.

Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence

» Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the largest and oldest churches in Florence.
» The last of the world-famous Medici family, Anna Maria Ludovico, rests in peace in the Basilica.
» Interior of the church is recognized as a true work of art.
» Works of the great master Donatello: two bronze chairs dating back to 1460 and the sarcophagus of Martelli family are notable.
» Basilica of San Lorenzo serves visitors every day except Monday. There is an entrance fee in the church. Access is free only on Sunday, when liturgy is held in the Basilica.

Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

» The Basilica of Santa Croce is located in the heart of Florence; that’s one of the most popular attractions of the city.
» About 300 famous figures of culture, science and politics are buried in the church. Among them Galileo, Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo and many others have to be mentioned. The tomb has a form of the marble box with the figure of the deceased on top of the sarcophagus.
» The Basilica of Santa Croce is famous for its frescoes by Giotto.
» Initially, all the walls of the church were decorated with frescoes, but during the plague in the 16th century, when the church was used as a hospital, the walls were whitewashed. Once, during restoration, the frescoes were found, and the works of the great Giotto were among them.
» The Basilica is famous for its 16 chapels.
» In 1452 Leonardo da Vinci was baptized in this church.

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

» Santa Maria Novella is the first basilica in Florence, built in the 14-15th centuries.
» In the temple you can see many works of art by Florentine masters of 14-16th centuries.
» The workshop of perfumery and pharmacy is situated at the Basilica. That’s one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe.
» The famous early Renaissance fresco Trinity (Masaccio) was created in this church.
» The Big Chapel is of particular interest in the church. There, behind the altar, you can see the unique crucifix and a large number of frescoes created by Michelangelo.

Palazzo Pitti, Florence

» The Palazzo Pitti is the largest Florentine palace. Today, the Palazzo Pitti is one of the biggest and most interesting museums in Florence.
» The Silver Museum and the Carriage Museum, the Palatine Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art can be visited within the walls of the Palazzo Pitti.
» The Silver Museum has a magnificent collection of vases. There are Roman amphorae, vases of the Sassanid Empire, samples from Byzantium and Venice of the 14th century.
» The Gallery of Modern Art has a unique collection of works by Italian painters of the 19th century.
» The Palatine Gallery is decorated in Barocco style; that’s an incomparable backdrop of artistic works. Here are the paintings of Raphael, Titian, as well as works of Tintoretto and Giorgione, Venetian masterpieces by Rubens and Van Dyck, Caravaggio and Murillo and many others.

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

» The Palazzo Vecchio is the Florence town hall. Now many rooms of the palace are converted into the museum.
» Before entering the palace you can see a number of beautiful statues, including a copy of Michelangelo's David, Hercules and giant Kakus, and works of Bandinelli.
» The first floor of the Palazzo Vecchio features a magnificent hall, Salon de Cinquecento (or Hall of the Five Hundred). This room is decorated with large murals, which tell about the famous battles of Florence, as well as painted scenes from the personal life of Cosimo I de Medici.
» Five-rooms of Hall of Elements emblematize five elements, fire, water, air, earth and ether.
» Despite the fact that a large part of the palace is now a museum, the Palazzo Vecchio is still the location of municipal authorities in Florence.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Florence

Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore
Where: Piazza Duomo, 17, Florence;
S. Maria Novella
Where: P.S.M.Novella, 18, Florence;
Basilica of Santa Croce
Where: P. Santa Croce, Florence; Telephone: +39 055 244 619;
Basilica of S. Lorenzo
Where: P. Madonna degli Aldobrandini, Florence; Telephone: +39 055 214 042;
Chapel Brancacci (S. Maria del Carmine)
Where: P. del Carmine, Florence;
Uffizi Gallery
Where: P. degli Uffizi, 6, Florence; Telephone: +39 055 238 8651;
Gallery of the Accademia
Where: Via Ricasoli, 60, Florence; Telephone: +39 055 238 8609;
Galleria dello Spedale Degli Innocenti
Where: P. SS. Annunziata, 12, Florence; Telephone: +39 055 203 7308;
Palazzo Vecchio
Where: P. Signoria, Florence; Telephone: +39 055 276 8325;
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Culture guide to Florence. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Florence: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Florence. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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