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  • 1 Piazza del Duomo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Duomo I - 50122 Firenze

    At the heart of the city, the duomo together with the campanile and the baptistry form an extraordinary white, green and pink marble ensemble, bearing witness to the evolution of Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Built in the mi..

  • 2 The Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 50122 Firenze

    The Romanesque church of St Reparata (the substructure, built on Paleo-Christian vestiges, can be seen in the Duomo crypt) was deemed too modest for such an important city as Florence. Consequently, work on a cathedral began in 1296 to plans by Arnol..

  • 3 Campanile Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 50122 Firenze

    Standing 82m high, Giotto's slender bell tower illustrates the originality of Florentine Gothic and the significance given to horizontal lines and geometric decoration. While the plans and decorative scheme were Giotto's work, it fell to Andrea Pisan..

  • 4 Baptistry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 50122 Firenze

    "My handsome St John": such were the words of Dante in describing the baptistry dedicated to St John the Baptist, patron saint of the city. During the Middle Ages St John the Baptist's image featured on the famous gold florin coin. Clad in ..

  • 5 Palazzo Vecchio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza della Signora I - 50122 Firenze

    Topped by a fine 94m-high bell tower, this huge building dominates its square. Built between 1299 and 1315 to designs by Arnolfo de Cambio, this uncompromising Gothic structure was initially seat of the Signoria. It became Cosimo I's residence in the..

  • 6 Palazzo del Podestà and Bargello National Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. del Proconsolo 4 I - 50122 Firenze

    A fine example of medieval architecture, the 13C Palazzo del Podestà has a remarkable courtyard, one of Italy's finest with a striking décor in the form of the coats of arms belonging to Florence's senior magistrates (whose residence this was). It is..

  • 7 Church of San Lorenzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza S. - Lorenzo I - 50123 Firenze

    Begun by Brunelleschi in 1420 close to the Palazzo Medici (this was the illustrious family's parish church and place of burial). Inside, the architect's break from Gothic tradition and inauguration of the classic Florentine Renaissance style can be s..

  • 8 Church of Santa Maria del Carmine and Brancacci Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Carmine 14 I - 50124 Firenze

    The main focus of interest in Florence's Carmelite church (damaged by fire in the 18C) is an extraordinary series of frescoes decorating the walls of the Brancacci Chapel, situated at the end of the south transept (which luckily survived the fire). D..

  • 9 Galleria Palatina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Accès par l’escalier d’Ammannati I - 50010 Firenze

    Located in the heart of the Palazzo Pitti, the Galleria Palatina houses an extraordinary array of 16C-18C paintings including a fine collection of works by Raphael (the Veiled Lady, the Madonna of the Grand Duke, the Madonna della Seggiola) and by Ti..

  • 10 Galleria degli Uffizi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazzale degli Uffizi 6 I - 50122 Firenze

    This is one of the world's greatest museums. Its collections trace the evolution of Italian painting from the earliest days to the 17C. The museum is located in the old Uffizi palace, the seat of Medici Florence's bureaucrats. Built by Vasari in 1560..

  • 11 Capellone degli Spagnoli Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza della Stazione I - 50122 Firenze

    This chapterhouse is covered with frescoes by Andrea Buonaiuto hailing the glory of the Dominicans (1365-1367). Comprising a series of allegorical figures and scenes, the frescoes were intended to be educational. On the left-hand wall the Triumph of ..

  • 12 Museo degli Argenti Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rez-de-chaussée et entresol, accès par la cour d’Ammannati I - 50122 Firenze

    The Silver Museum's collections are made up of the treasures of the Medici and Habsburg-Lorraine families: from Lorenzo the Magnificent's famous vases to Cosimo I's cameos; from François I's rock crystals to Marie-Madeleine of Austria's ambers; from ..

  • 13 Piazza della Signoria Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza della Signoria I - 50122 Firenze

    Historically and to this day the political heart of Florence, with a backdrop formed by the Palazzo Vecchio, the loggia della Signoria and the Uffizi beyond, the square traces its origins to the 13C, when the Guelphs defeated the Ghibellines and tore..

  • 14 Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za del Duomo 9 I - 50122 Firenze

    The cathedral museum is as essential a visit as the campanile, baptistry or cathedral itself, since many sculptures and objects from these buildings are displayed here. Art lovers will be delighted by its multiple masterpieces by great figures such a..

  • 15 Convent and Museum of San Marco Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za S. Marco 1 I - 50121 Firenze

    The convent was built for the Dominicans in the 15C by Michelozzo, on the orders of Cosimo the Elder. It has works by Fra Angelico (note the Annunciation gracing the staircase), who decorated each cell with a fresco. While the artist certainly incorp..

  • 16 Accademia Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Ricasoli 60 I - 50122 Firenze

    The Accademia is remarkable for its collection of sculpture by Michelangelo: four slaves intended to embellish the tomb of Pope Julius II in Rome, a Pietà known as La Palestrina (an early work) and, beneath a cupola, his great David, created between ..

  • 17 Church of Santa Maria Novella Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Maria Novella I - 50123 Firenze

    Begun in 1279 as part of an attempted reconciliation between Guelphs and Ghibellines, work continued on this Dominican foundation until 1360. Dating from the middle of the 14C, the lower section of the façade has white and green marble geometric patt..

  • 18 Church of Santa Croce Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Santa Croce 16 I - 50122 Firenze

    This Franciscan church was begun in 1295 to the designs of Arnolfo di Cambio, but the neo-Gothic façade dates from the 19C. The inside is composed of the chancel and ten elegant frescoed chapels. Note the Bardi Chapel, decorated with scenes from the ..

  • 19 San Miniato al Monte Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. del Monte alle Croci I - 50125 Firenze

    Slightly away from the city, the Hill Promenade offers superb glimpses of the city from the Oltrarno. Above Michelangelo Esplanade, the 11 and 12C Romanesque church of San Miniato is reached by a twisting, winding road. It was built in memory of the ..

  • 20 Sassetti Chapel - Church of Santa Trinita Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za S.-Trinita I - 50123 Firenze

    Created by Ghirlandaio in 1483, the decorative scheme of the Sassetti Chapel is Santa Trinita's main attraction. Relating the Life of St Francis of Assisi, the artist painted a series of portraits of his contemporaries. In the depicted scenes may be ..

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