When you walk through Firenze, also called Florence, you simply breathe in culture and history. Not only will you find the highlights such as Michelangelo’s David or the numerous paintings in the Ufizzi, but you can also enjoy the beautiful gardens that hide behind the many palazios. Step around the city of the Medici’s and experience Florence. What else is there to do in Florence? What if you want to escape the city for a while?
Florence: the architectural wonders
Source: MonicaVolpin, Pixabay Ponte Vecchio The Ponte Vecchio is the most famous bridge in Florence. When you cross this bridge, you will find numerous jewelry stores. The Medicis also had their influence here because originally butchers lived there who dumped their waste in the Arno. When the Medicis moved into their Palazzo Pitti not far away, they thought it was absolutely inappropriate and replaced the butchers with jewelery shops. Now you can stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere.
The Palazzo Pitti was not only the residence of the Medicis. Napeleon also used this building, albeit as an army base, and even the Royal family stayed there for about 10 years in the 19th century. That is why you can find quite a lot of furnishings from that time. However, the decoration is almost all from the heyday of the Medicis. Pitti was the first resident of this palazzo. This wealthy merchant had it built after Brunelleschi designed it. It is the largest palace in Florence and you can find seven museums in it. Of course, one museum is more interesting than the other, but 2 of them are absolutely recommended. This is the best way to visit the Appartementi Reali and the Galleria Palatina. But what you will definitely enjoy is the Boboli Garden. This garden has been redesigned by various designers and that makes it just as much fun to walk around in it. You go from one surprise to another. There is an obelisk, an amphitheater, a pond, various statues, the grotte grande, in short, a must!
A palazzo that towers above it all is the Palazzo Vecchio. This structure has been used by quite a few administrative bodies for many years and now houses works by Donatello and Mantegna. However, you will mainly notice that the attention of quite a few tourists is focused on the David that stands just in front of the palace. However, this David is a replica of Michelangelo’s David. Source: Pcdazero, Pixabay Duomo Santa Maria The Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, however, is the image you will most often find on postcards. The exterior of this building is especially dazzling and provides a beautiful view of the city. The dome is the first thing you notice and has a whole history in which architect Brunelleschi played a leading role. He designed one of the first domes that was not traditionally supported by any other structures. You can view the designs of the dome in the Museo dell Opero del Duomo. The facade of the building cannot possibly escape your attention and then there is the clock tower that stands just next to it, so you will certainly take a number of photos of this building home with you.
Art, art and more art
David by Michelangelo
To admire the real David you have to go to the Galleria dell Accademia. When you enter this museum, you will first find a number of other works by Michelangelo that are a bit more robust but also have their charm. These works were commissioned by Pope Julius II, but due to quite a bit of financial discussion between Michelangelo and the Pope, they were never placed on his tomb, which was originally the intention.
Uffizi: an oasis of beauty
Don’t be discouraged by the long line of tourists waiting at the entrance to the Uffizi. Here you can admire many important works of art from the Renaissance. Big names such as Botticelli, Raphael, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, but also Memling and many others hang on the walls here.
What if you want to relax?
When you are satisfied with all the art and architecture that came your way, a walk through the olive groves can offer you the necessary peace. To do this, climb north and walk away from the city for about 15 minutes. You end up in a completely different world. Olive groves surround you during your walk with the lives of the locals taking place in them. Children playing, men working, women shouting, a pleasure to see. If you walk a little further, you often come to quiet villages where you can enjoy their rhythm of life.
Conviviality is an asset
If you want to relax after all that beauty and overload of culture, you can do this on the cozy Piazza della Signoria. This place is known as the meeting place for tourists and Florentines. And the way Florentines interact with each other can also be seen as art, only as folk art.