It does not always appear on the lists of best destinations, but from our point of view it is one of the most beautiful places in Europe. We are referring to Florence, an Italian city that for centuries was the center of the artistic culture of Italy and, even, of the continent. For this reason, we can find in its streets numerous palaces, museums, churches and all kinds of monuments.
Situated between two hills and crossed by the Arno river, the also known as "City of Art" has managed to preserve its heritage like few other places. In fact, its historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site by the Unesco. There are many places in Florence that are worth knowing, so today at Hard Hobbit To Break we are going to make a selection of the essential visits in case you do not have much time. Would you like to join us?
Considered one of the world's cradles of art and architecture, it is not surprising that museums are among its main attractions. Among them, the Uffizi Gallery stands out, a palace that began to be built in the 16th century and which houses one of the oldest and most famous art collections on the planet. The works referring to the Renaissance Italian, with samples of geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rafael, Titian or Botticelli.
Another museum that you should visit if you have the opportunity to travel to Florence is the Accademia Gallery, which is dedicated to sculpture and painting. Although there are many works that you can discover here, highlights the famous David by Michelangelo, a sculpture of marble representing David before facing Goliath. Its size (5.17 meters) is surprising. The collection began in 1784, when the Academy of Fine Arts, created in 1563, wanted to offer study material to drawing students.
One of the most emblematic places in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge located over the Arno river. Although it was initially built by the Romans in wood, in the 14th century it was rebuilt in stone. In fact, it is considered the bridge of stone oldest on the continent. Its hanging houses stand out, which for years have been occupied by goldsmiths and jewelers; and the padlocks that visitors have been hanging for love for years.
Piazza del Duomo
As it could not be otherwise, we also have to talk about the Piazza del Duomo, another of the characteristic images of Florence. Located in the middle center Historical, it houses the Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore) and other buildings such as Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery of Saint John. There are also notable places such as the Loggia del Bigallo, where exposed children were exposed; and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
Piazza della Signoria
Another square in Florence worth visiting is Piazza della Signoria, which is like a kind of open-air art gallery. Created in the 13th century, it has a symmetrical shape and houses important buildings, such as the Palazzo Vecchio, which today is the headquarters of the city council; the Loggia dei Lanzi, which houses some important sculptures; the Fountain of Neptune; and the Equestrian Statue of Cosme I, among other monuments. In addition, it is important to note that it is one of the liveliest places in the city.
Piazzale Michelangelo viewpoint
Finally, we want to tell you about the Mirador Piazzale Michelangelo, the place in Florence from which you will enjoy the best views. In addition, you should know that here you will find a bronze replica of Michelangelo's David, as well as dried fruit, a restaurant and a cafeteria.
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