The capital of the province of Tuscany, Florence is the center of concentration of Renaissance art and architecture, as during the Renaissance, Florence served as a rich and important center of medieval trade and commerce. Florence is one huge open-air museum. It attracts millions of tourists every year.
1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore or Duomo Cathedral in Florence, the most famous landmark of the capital of Tuscany. The Duomo Cathedral is the end result of many years of work that span more than 7 centuries of history. The main architectural project was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio at the end of the 13th century, the dome, which has become a symbol for the whole of Tuscany, was created by the genius of the Renaissance Filippo Brunelleschi.
In 1293, the Florentine Republic decided to build a magnificent cathedral. The project was directed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1294, and he solemnly laid the foundation stone on September 8, 1296. It was here that on the morning of April 26, 1478, Giuliano Medici was killed, and his brother Lorenzo the Magnificent managed to escape death at the hands of assassins.
2. Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio is one of the oldest and most photographed bridges in Florence. The famous three-arched bridge was built by the Etruscans and then rebuilt in the 14th century.
The footbridge is often teeming with tourists and street musicians, portrait painters and other street performers, creating a vibrant holiday atmosphere. There is a line of high quality jewelry stores on the bridge . Many tourists come here for shopping and photography. The night time is a stunning view as the lighting from the bridge reflects on the water. To visit all the sights of Florence, be sure to book a city tour.
|Ponte Vecchio Landmark of Florence|
3. Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery, a must-see attraction in Florence. The Uffizi Gallery today, regarded as one of the greatest museums in the art world, the Uffizi Gallery is located at the Piazza della Signoria.
The Uffizi Gallery began to be built under the architect Giorgio Vasari in 1560, for Cosimo I de Medici , to house the offices of the Florentine judges, hence the name Uffizi “offices”. The construction was completed in 1581. When the ruling Medici dynasty gave up their power, the palace housed a museum that houses a magnificent collection of treasures of Renaissance art. The Uffizi Gallery, as a museum, was opened to the general public in 1765 and houses thousands of works of art by such masters as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and Michelangelo
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