Italy is packed with stunning sights to see and experiences to be had, but there are certain cities which are synonymous with history, architecture, culture, and beauty. Florence is one of those cities.
There are few destinations on the planet which can claim to be such a huge open-air museum, but Florence is certainly one of them.
In order to see the best of the city, you need to get your comfortable walking shoes on, and you need to be prepared to spend long hours checking out the amazing architecture on offer. Get up early and fuel up at breakfast, and then head off to pound the pavements. There are many sightseeing tours you could book onto also, which will take some of the effort out of planning your itinerary and getting around on your own steam.
Of course, Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region of Italy, and as such you will see beauty at every corner. As the birthplace of the famous Italian Renaissance, as well as the site where opera was invented, this is basically a cultural delight for anyone who even has the slightest bit of interest in history. There are countless museums, far too many to mention, as well as art galleries and sculptures to gaze at in wonder. Art is everywhere, and residents, and indeed visitors, consider the city itself to be the biggest gallery of them all.
Where to see? Well, you’ll need a lot of time to see everything, so it’s best to do your research ahead of time and pinpoint the places which call out to your main areas of interest. For example, most people head to Ponte Vecchio at least once during their visit, as this is the oldest and most famous bridge in the city, spanning over the mighty Arno. This is also the only bridge in the city which managed to survive the onslaught of World War II.
For an amazing panoramic view, head to Giotto’s Tower. You’ll need to climb just over 400 steps, but the view from top is more than worth the effort! Additionally, you can’t visit Florence and not check out Santa Maria del Fiore, the iconic cathedral of the city. Palazzo Vecchio is also a great spot to head to, with a replica of the famous David by Michelangelo sat outside.
Put simply, Florence is a city that will more than fill up your camera memory card!