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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 Piero della Francesca Frescoes (Basilica di San Francesco) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Francesco I - 52100 Arezzo

    Painted on the walls of the chancel of the basilica (typical in Gothic Franciscan churches), these frescoes are considered a milestone in Tuscan Renaissance painting. Illustrating the Legend of the True Cross, as related by Jacobus de Voragine, these..

  • 10 Public Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Campo I - 53100 Siena

    This is one of the most attractive civil buildings in Italy. Its harmonious and light size is dominated by the elegant Mangia tower from which there is an admirable view over Siena and over the countryside. On a visit to the apartments you will see s..

  • 11 Art gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. San-Pietro 29 I - 53100 Siena

    This museum will take you on a fabulous journey through four centuries of Siena painting, from the first Primitives, much marked by the priestly manner of the Byzantine style by Sodoma, grand master of Siena painting from the 16C and, even if the two..

  • 12 Piazza dei Miracoli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    The most famous square in Pisa is (despite the crowds) an architectural ensemble of exceptional unity. Four remarkable monuments make up this universally known group. Bordered by a narrow encircling wall of crenellated red brick, this vast enclosed s..

  • 13 Leaning Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    This 58m-high bell tower is the symbol of the city of Pisa. Although its famous tilt has granted it globally renowned status, the sheer beauty of its architecture should not be overlooked. The very essence of Pisan Romanesque, its six storeys of gall..

  • 14 Baptistry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    Built over a period of more than two centuries following a project of Diotisalvi, this circular building merges Romanesque elements which have an echo in the cathedral with early Gothic influences. Inside, as well as the vocal performances of the att..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Piazza del Campo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Campo I - 53100 Siena

    This is one of the world's most famous squares, composed of a series of monuments in unsurpassed harmony. This slightly sloping "shell" or "fan" in pink and white tones is a fine example of those "open-air drawing rooms"..

  • 18 Duomo Santa Maria Assunta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 53100 Siena

    Begun in 1339, the original plan for this cathedral was vast but only free-standing pillars give an impression of how vast; the actual structure makes up but one transept of the original design. It is however magnificent; the façade, a harmony of mar..

  • 19 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 ..

  • 20 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 ..

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