The capital of Tuscany is considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. And there is gorgeous art and architectural beauty to be seen all over the city as you meander around, from its legendary museums to its piazzas. This post doesn’t cover the “usual suspects” in Florence such as the Uffizi Museum, Michelangelo’s David or the Palazzo Vecchio. However, if you do plan to visit all these places, other museums and main sights, make sure you buy the Florence Card – it will save you a lot of money on admission fees as well as the trouble of having to stand in extraordinarily long queues. Plus, public transport is free with the card.
Now, on to my top 5 in Florence!
1) Piazzale Michelangelo
The panoramic view of Florence in both the photographs above was shot from the other side of the Arno River – called Oltrarno. Piazzale Michelangelo is located on a small hill in the Oltrarno district. The climb itself is lovely, with lots of greenery to be seen. Then, bit by bit the famous red Duomo of the Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) comes into view and the whole city is spread out below.
The ‘terrace’ is dedicated to Michelangelo and there is a bronze replica of David here. There are a few stalls selling souvenirs and knick knacks. Turn your back to them and look out over the city – you can see many of its landmarks. The Duomo, of course, Ponte Vecchio, the bell tower of Badia Fiorentina church and the Basilica of Santa Croce.