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Hello, florence

Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and stepping onto its historic cobbles, it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet, and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches, and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine, particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.

To Do & To See

Plenty of things to do and see

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy

Cattedrale Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence's main church stands in the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome, designed by Brunelleschi. The cathedral was built on the ruins of the 7th-century church of Santa Reparata. On its right side, you can admire Giotto's Bell Tower, whereas the Baptistery of San Giovanni stands opposite the cathedral entrance. This remarkable historic landmark can be considered a summary of the entire city as the point of convergence of the greatest artists of the glorious Italian Renaissance period.

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Palazzo Vecchio, Florence - Italy

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio – literally "the old palace" – was the ducal residence in Piazza della Signoria, but today it is the town hall of Florence. It houses a large collection of paintings and sculptures, and on the square just in front of the building, you can admire several amazing statues: one of them is a copy of the famous "David" by Michelangelo. In fact, this was where the original sculpture was located before it was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1873.

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David Statue by Michelangelo, Florence, Italy in the Galleria dell'Accademia.

Galleria dell’Accademia

This gallery is mostly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: The Prisoners, St. Matthew and, above all, the magnificent statue of David. Accademia houses works by the greatest Italian artists, such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, and many others. A great part of the collection belonged to the powerful Medici family, who, at the end of their domination, donated it to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany so that this treasure could be preserved and enjoyed by everyone.

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Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence

Galleria degli Uffizi

Uffizi Gallery is one of the biggest museums in the world. It houses important masterpieces dating back from the 13th to the 19th century. Among its works, it boasts Botticelli's "Birth of Venus", probably the most famous painting in the history of art, after the Mona Lisa. The museum is also historically important for being one of the first to open its doors to the public during the 18th century.A reservation far in advance is necessary.

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Museo degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy

Museo degli Innocenti

Museo degli Innocenti – Hospital of the Innocents – is the headquarters of a charitable institution that has provided care for children and infants for more than 500 years. The structure houses a gallery and a museum exhibiting famous paintings of Italian artists, such as "Madonna with Child" by Botticelli and "Adoration of the Magi" by Ghirlandaio. Even the building itself, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Discover Florence's most famous landmarks on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city's top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and much more.

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