Discover the Cradle of Renaissance
The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the world. The museum hosts an extraordinary collection of masterpieces organized in chronological order from the 13th to the 18th centuries. It houses some of the most important pieces by Cimabue, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, as well as one of the world’s largest collections of masterpieces by Botticelli.
Santa Maria Del Fiore
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo is the cathedral church of Florence. In 1296, the building of the biggest basilica of the world began and was only finished as late as 1436, requiring five architects. The Cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the baptistery and the Giotto's steeple, a magnificent tower standing right next to the façade.
At the most narrow part of the Arno River stands the oldest bridge of Florence. The bridge has been continuously destroyed by floods. Every time, it has been rebuild to be stronger until 1345, when it collapsed for the last time. Today, the Ponte Vecchio houses leather and jewelry shops, and the many musicians, portraitists and other entertainers create a suggestive atmosphere.
Santa Maria Novella
The piazza was once the site for the Palio dei Cocchi races; horse drawn carriages racing in a competition around the two obelisques. The same named Basilica Santa Maria Novella overlooks the square. It is a home church of the Dominican Order. The construction started in 1278 but was not finished until 70 years later, by Leon Battista Alberti.
Basilica of Santa Croce
Dedicated to the Santa Croce, the Holy Cross, the Basilica is the site of famous tombs such as the one of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Foscolo. The church is known also as “the Temple of the Italian Glories”. It is placed on its named after square Piazza Santa Croce and truly worth a visit.
The museum was donated to the Muicipal Administration of Florence by Stefano Bardini, the most authoritative italian antiquarian. The museum is located in the old monastery building and today it hosts an incredible collection of sculptures, paintings, ceramic pieces, tapestries and musical instruments of different periods.
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