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Travel Guide to Florence, Italy

Florence is the capital of the beautiful and very popular Italian province of Tuscany. This place is situated on the banks of the River Arno. This city has given birth to the Renaissance style. Florence is a city of Michelangelo and Machiavelli, a precious place full of works of art, culture and history. The majority of palaces, churches, museums and historical buildings in Florence are made in the Renaissance style. For centuries this wonderful Italian city was ruled by the Medici family, famous as bankers. Many works of art that tourists will find in Florence appeared in the city because of them. The interest of the family to various visual arts, architecture, sculpture, and literature was simply enormous. At that time, Florence had the status of a city-state, and so its power and independence were truly great.
Habits and lifestyle of Florence inhabitants
Perhaps, temperament is the main national feature of local people. They are also quite expansive and are very sociable. Local residents are very flattered when visitors are interested in sightseeing,...
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Nowadays, the population of the city is approximately 356,000 people. Florence is a unique and unforgettable city, a kind of a museum in the open air. This city is not the best choice for travellers who are searching for diversified nightlife. However, Florence would become the best choice if you want to feel the atmosphere of the past and the charm of a truly unique culture.
Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio).
The old bridge over the Arno River named Ponte Vecchio (show on map ) is known as one of the main places of interest in Florence. The image of the bridge can be found in almost all the postcards featuring Florence and its sights. This bridge is one of the main tourist places of interest of the city. By the way, Ponte Vecchio is also the oldest bridge in Florence, on either side of which visitors will see rows of medieval buildings. One can notice the bridge only when standing directly on it. At that time, there was so little space inside the city walls that houses were built everywhere, even on bridges. Ponte Vecchio is the best proof. Nowadays, this is the place where visitors can buy gold, silver, and jade, and enjoy the view from the bridge to the Arno. In the centre of the Ponte Vecchio, visitors will find a monument dedicated to Benvenuto Cellini, a famous sculptor and jeweller. He was considered the person who embodied pride and glory of Florence.
Florence attractions & nightlife
All sorts of celebrations and festivals remain the main recreational activity that never leaves citizens and visitors of Florence indifferent. Thus, each June here takes place a special annual...
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Uffizi.
The National Museum of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Uffizi is widely known as one of the most important museums in Florence. . The museum is situated on the top floor of the Palazzo degli Uffizi Palace, built in the XVI century by order of Cosimo Medici. Initially, the building was occupied by the banking office of the Medici family. Later, the family started bringing the works of art, which belonged to them, to the palace. The family made the palace free to enter, so the public could watch these works of art. Nowadays, the collection covers the period from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance to the Baroque.
The central hall of the museum features Greek and Roman sculptures. However, these are not the most famous items in the museum. Its true diamond is a number of valuable paintings, such as "The Battle of San Romano" by Paolo Uccello, "Madonna and two angels" by Fra Filippo Lippi, "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli, "Madonna and Goldfinch" by Raphael (by the way, the Uffizi Museum also exhibits the self-portrait of the master), "Bacchus" by Caravaggio and "Self-Portrait in Old Age" by Rembrandt. These items are just a small share of the precious works exhibited here. In this museum tourists will find masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Rubens. The exposition is so large that it can hardly be seen at one go. Therefore, visitors are recommended to take a break and relax in the cafe adjoining the terrace. From here they will be able to enjoy the magnificent view of the Palazzo Vecchio. The Uffizi Museum is very popular with tourists, so long queues at the entrance are often here. In summer months people in the queue sometimes have to wait for 5 hours to enter! Therefore, purchasing or booking a ticket in advance is a good idea.
Cuisine of Florence for gourmet
The restaurants of national cuisine in Florence serve all most popular Italian dishes. Pasta is one of the main national dishes of the country. Here you will find pasta of various shapes and tastes....
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Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore.
Without a doubt, this magnificent cathedral is one of the greatest attractions not only of Florence, but also of the whole of Italy. The construction of the cathedral was started in 1296; in 1995 it was completely renovated. The word «fiore» means “lily”. This flower is depicted on the emblem of Florence. A solid belfry stands near the cathedral. The façade made of green and white marble of the XIII century looks absolutely unreal and fascinating, as if this is a backdrop to a film. This surreal place creates a nostalgic and historical atmosphere. If you stand in front of the Duomo, it seems that the facade of the building is about to collapse right away. For centuries, the grand marble cathedral has become a source of inspiration for numerous artists. Nowadays, it attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. The beautiful ceiling above the font will leave a particularly indelible impression. This masterpiece is the result of work of Venetian masters. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore , as well as the Campanile and the Baptistery located nearby, is the center of the city, the heart of Florence.
Galleria dell’ Academia is the place where visitors will find a unique collection of world-famous works by Michelangelo. The famous statue of David is also exhibited here. Get ready to stand in a long queue before you get a chance to view the treasures of the world culture, but, you can be sure, your suffering will be repaid by a hundredfold. All works of art exhibited here are the originals.
Cultural sights in Florence
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...
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Palazzo Vecchio.
is a famous ancient palace located in the heart of Florence. The palace was built in the early XIV century. Initially, the palace was named Palazzo della Signoria. The beautiful building has been called Palazzo Vecchio since 1559. Nowadays, the palace is the location of the city council of Florence.
Palazzo Pitti was once the residence of the famous banking family of Pitti. Later, when the family went bankrupt, it was purchased by the Duke Cosimo Medici. By the order of the Duke the palace was rebuilt, and then became the residence of the Medici dynasty. Currently, the building houses several museums, galleries and various collections.
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