Florence in Italy is one of the most popular cultural and art centers on the planet. A step into the city for most people feel like it’s a trip back in time. If being swept into the resonance while being surrounded by well preserved, architecturally pleasing historical structures and appealing art is right up your alley, then Florence should be next on your places to visit list.
Here are some of the places that you should definitely visit on your guided private tour of the Florence city:
Visit the Duomo
The Cattedrale de Santa Maria, usually called the Duomo, is a must visit and impossible to miss as it’s the skyline of Florence. The structure began on the large Gothic Duomo back in 1296 and was consecrated later in 1436. Inside the Brunelleschi’s Dome, you will come across one of the most eye-watering art pieces in the world. The structure is well worth the stairs as you will see the paintings up close and get a marvellous view of the city outside.
Florence’s Galleria dell’ Academia, holds arguably the most popular sculpture in the world- Michelangelo’s David, which certainly worth seeing. Another exciting part of this famous museum is the collection of musical instruments it exhibits. If you want the most out of the visit to Accademia Gallery, it is advisable to get reservations.
Galleria degli Uffizi
The Uffizi Gallery holds the most important Renaissance art collection in the world. Inside the museum, you will come across the works of Da Vinci, Giotto, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli. To avoid the long line, it’s also advisable to buy reservation tickets.
Once owned by the Medici Family, Palazzo Pitti or Pitti Palace is the largest palazzo in Florence. You will come across eight different galleries in the building, so be prepared as visiting all of them can wear you out.
Giardino di Boboli
Located on the other side of Arno River is Boboli Garden, a sprawling and breathtaking English style garden established on a hillside just behind Palazzo Pitti. It is an excellent place to breath nature, relax and enjoy the greener side of the city.
Piazza Della Signoria
Next to the Uffizi Gallery and just off river Arno is the political and historical center of Florence, known as Piazza Della Signoria. Here, you will come across various famous statues including a replica of the Statue of David and the popular Fountain of Neptune.
The Ponte Vecchio
This was the first bridge to cross the Arno River from Florence and it is the only remaining one from the city’s medieval days. The structure is lined with shops that deal with gold and silver jewelry. You will also get an excellent view of Florence city along river Arno. Ponte Vecchio is a genuine landmark of the city. During the night, it can be an excellent place to take a romantic walk while gazing at the city lights and the river.
Your trip won’t be complete without watching the sun set over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. By far, this is the most popular view overlooking Florence and it has been reproduced on numerous photos and postcards. You’ll also find a bronze replica of David, which is considered to be safeguarding the town.
La Basilica di Santa Croce
Just a 15-minute walk from grand Duomo is La Basilica di Santa Croce, a temple that sits with its eye-pleasing façade in front of a piazza. La Basilica di Santa Croce was constructed for the common citizens of the city, and it’s protected by a statue of Dante.
The Santa Croce houses tombs of Foscolo, Rossini, Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and the empty tomb of Dante. For this, Santa Croce is ideally called Tempio dell’Itale Glorieo or the Temple of the Italian Glories.
The city preserves the empty tomb of Dante as they hope that one day it will be filled with his remains. Currently, Dante’s remains are kept in the city of Ravenna, which was his final resting peace, following his exile from Florence.
As you can see, there is a lot to see and do in this amazing city located in Italy. If you love political and historical art, this is a destination that you should not overlook.