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This famous bridge is built over Arno, and history enthusiasts would be interested to know that it is the only Florence bridge that survived WWII. The literal meaning of Ponte Vecchio is “old bridge.” It has a line of shops, most of which are jewelers from the Medici days. Vasari corridor passes over Arno and goes over Ponte Vecchio, connecting Uffizi to Pitti palace.
Address: Ponte Vecchio, Florence 50125
Phone: +39 055 290 832
Located in Oltrarno, this large palace was constructed in the 15th century. It was home to the Medici family, the rulers of Florence till 1919, after which the Italian state took over it and transformed it to a museum. There are numerous museums in the palace, the tickets for which can be bought along with the tickets for Boboli Garden. The tourist can visit the other museums in the Palazzo Pitti, by entering it through the courtyard.
Address: Piazza Pitti, 1 Florence 50125
Phone: +39 055 23885
Installed in the Galleria dell’Accademia, this masterpiece by Michelangelo is perhaps the most famous statue in the world. David’s sculpture is 17 feet (5 m 17 cm) tall. The Florentine republic saw David as a biblical hero who slew Goliath and commissioned it. Initially installed in front of Palazzo Vecchio, the statue was later moved to the Gallery and a replica was installed opposite the Palazzo.
Address: Via Ricasoli, 31 N, Florence
Phone: +39 055 213707
Basilica Santa Maria Novella is the first great basilica in Florence and its main Dominican church. The ‘Novella’ in the church is for the new church that was to be build by the Dominican Order on the site of Santa Maria delle Vigne, the 9th century oratory. The church’s interior is based on the basilica plan with a Latin cross, a nave, a short transept and two aisles having stained glass window.
Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 219257
Constructed between 1059 and 1128, the Baptistery, also known as Battistero di San Givanni, is located in front of the Duomo. It is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. Alternations were made to the original Baptistery and the current building is Florence’s spiritual heart. Once, all the children born in Florence were baptized inside the stone font. It has bronze doors that are so beautiful that Michelangelo called them 'Gates to Paradise.'
Address: Piazza Duomo, Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 230 2885
This Basilica was once the parish church of the ruling Medici family. Tourists can access the chapels from Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini via a staircase that leads to Cappella del Principi. The front of the Basilica is still not complete, though a marble design was created by Michelangelo. Two bronze pulpits, created by Donatello, are placed close to the altar.
Address: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 216634
The palace was constructed between the years 1445 and 1460 for Cosmio de Medici. The original name of the palace was Palazzo del Pepolo, renamed as Palazzo della Signoria. Under Duke Cosimo I, the palace was given a new name – Palazzo Ducale, and later, Palazzo Vecchio after he moved to Palazzo Pitti. The palace was finally sold to the Riccardi family (1659) and came to be known as Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
Address: Via Camillo Cavour, 3, 50129 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 276 0340
San Miniato al Monte is a basilica standing atop one of the highest points in the city. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most beautiful churches in Italy.
Address: Via delle Porte Sante, 3450125, Florence
Phone: +39 055 234 2731
This beautiful arched gallery was constructed in the 14th century in front of Palazzo Vecchio. The loggia is famous and has been a model for many later loggias that were constructed all over Europe. It was originally built for shielding dignitaries from natural elements during ceremonies and public meetings. Now, it is home to numerous statues, the most popular being the statue of Perseus after the killing of Medusa.
Address: Piazza della Signoria, 50121 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 23885
The Porcellino is the biggest attraction of the Mercato Nuovo. The Fontana del Porcellino has a statue of a wild boar that was constructed in the 17th century. It is, in fact, a Roman statue’s replica. If you place a coin inside the boar’s mouth and rub its snout when the coin falls in the water, you are sure to return to Florence one day. The money in the fountain is later on collected and given to charity.
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