We can visit Artemio Franchi Stadium of Fiorentina when we are in Florence. Though, we must never ever miss the historical tour while we are there. Visiting cathedral, historic sites, famous sculpture, and beautiful garden should be in the travel itinerary. The beauty of Florence can be seen from the Renaissance buildings, and natural sites and views. The art work from the Renaissance artist has attracted many people from around the world to visit Florence, then why should not we? The experience from visiting Florence cannot be got from other city. We recommend several iconic places to visit while visiting Florence.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – Brunelleschi’s Dome
Brunelleschi’s Dome which officially known as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is an iconic building in Florence. The Gothic design will leave us breathless with Renaissance sculptures as the ornament. When we are in the inside of the cathedral, we can see beautiful painting on the ceiling which seems telling us a story. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the heart of Florence, taking bell tower tour, so we can see the entire city from above. We can see the famous bronze door on the Baptistery. It is recommended to by the a single ticket which cover all the tour on this cathedral, which will bring you see the Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata inside Florence Cathedral and the Historical Museum.
For night tour, Plazza Vecchio is the best choice. The museum will show us the beautiful night city view from the top of the tower. The amazing view from the city light of Florence city and the Brunelleschi’s Dome which brighten at night are something that will make us the other side of the beautiful Florence. Furthermore, the crowds and the lines are not huge and long. We can explore the museum peacefully.
Ponte Vecchio is the bridge which built from the medieval era. The bridge is known as the first one which crosses Arno River. When we visit the bridge we will get some amazing experience in seeing the city from the river. While visiting the oldest bridge in Florence, we can go shopping. The bridge is lined up with silver and gold jewelry shops. Near Ponte Vecchio, there is Uffizi Gallery which we can visit. From that gallery, we can see the bridge on the whole, crossing the river. Stepping on the Ponte Vecchio while in Florence is a must. The beauty of the city on the side of the river will give us the Italian atmosphere, which cannot be got from other places. We can choose to get a quite strolling around the bridge at morning. Otherwise, we can explore the bridge and shopping at weekend when we can see some love music from local music. The crowds on the Ponte Vecchio is never low, therefore we should be careful from pickpocket.
The David – Accademia Gallery
Florence was the house of the Renaissance artists, who are very famous around the world. The Accademia Gallery exhibits the most famous sculpture of Michelangelo, one of the four famous Renaissance artists. As holding the most famous sculpture in the world, The David, visiting Accademia Gallery is recommended to use reservation ticket. The line to enter the gallery will take hours; it is not surprising because everybody wants to see the famous sculpture from Michelangelo. Besides seeing The David as the finished work from Michelangelo, we can see several unfinished ones. Other interesting exhibition from the Accademia Gallery is the musical instrument collections.
Other building from Renaissance era in Florence is Pitti Palace. This palace is beling to Medici family. The location of this palace is in the south of the Arno River and it is not far from the Ponte Vecchio. The function of the Palace has changed into museum without the name transformation. There are eight galleries on the palace. The main gallery of this palace is Palatine Gallery. We can see many Renaissance paintings from Raphael, Titian, Perugino, and etc in this gallery. The Pitti Palace which is famous the luxury interior of the palace is supported with strong building which designed from the huge stone on the walls. Behind this Pitti Palace, we are offered the beauty of Florence from the natural view.
The Boboli Gardens
Visiting Boboli Gardens after we visit Pitti Palace will rest our eyes from the city and old building views. The garden which designed in English style is good to be visited on the spring when the flowers bloom. When we are in Florence, it seems, we can see Renaissance sculpture in most of the places. The Boboli Gardens is filled with several sculptures as the garden’s ornament.
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria is like a town square. The location of this place is near Arnor River and in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. This place has held many important events of people in Florence from politic and history. Then, it is used as the meeting place for political event in Florence until this day. In the middle of the Piazza della Signoria, the Fountain of Neptune is placed with the replica of The David’s Michelangelo. Besides that, we find the sculpture of Perseus with the Head of Medusa. This place can be the place where we take a rest for a while and waiting the lines and the crowds of the Palazzo Vecchio become smaller.
Be prepared to be amazed with all the arts that exhibit in Florence. The city which is the house of some Renaissance artists will offer us many paintings and sculptures from that era. Besides that, the buildings which contrasted since medieval and become historical places are a must see on Florence. Seeing the luxury of the Medici family in the Palace will show different side of the Florence. Then, the natural beauty of Boboli Gardens and Arno River are the sight we should not miss while in Florence.