Florence is one of those cities that I find myself awe-struck! The history, art, restaurants, Ponte Vecchio, and the Statue of David all make Florence so romantic and fascinating.
In the middle of my cycle trip thru the Dolomites and Tuscany, we stopped in Florence for a day to explore. I must say, a day in Florence was awesome, but it would be easy to spend a week or more exploring!
Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and is home to museums, palaces, and churches that house some of the world’s greatest Renaissance masterpieces. Art and creativity from hundreds of years ago is everywhere! The Galleria dell’Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s sculpture of David and the Uffizi Gallery is has Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and da Vinci’s Annunciation on display.
The architecture in Florence is also very impressive and rich in history. There is architecture ranging from the Middle Ages and all the way up to the time of Italy’s independence and unification during the second half of the 19th century.
Some noteworthy architectural masterpieces in Florence Italy include:
- The Florence Cathedral, The Duomo – Fillipo Brunelleschi’s breathtaking cathedral took 140 years to finish it is definitely as stunning as it was almost 600 years ago.
- Basilica of San Lorenzo – One of the oldest structures in Florence, the original church features a bare stone façade that has been left untouched. Famous additions boast some of the most impressive examples of Renaissance architecture in its symmetry and harmony.
- Basilica of Santa Maria Novella – The Santa Maria Novella Church is one of the oldest Basilicas of the Dominican Order in Florence, dating back to the late Middle Ages. Today, the church is situated right next to the main train station under the same name, and it is home to Masaccio’s masterpiece The Holy Trinity.
The center of Florence has a vast heritage of craftsmen and when it comes to shopping there are many tempting shops filled with the flavors, clothing, jewelry, artwork, perfumes and colors of the Tuscany region in general.
Of course, a trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without enjoying great food and excellent wine! There are guidebooks full of recommendations of great restaurants but really, you just need to walk down any street in Florence and select a trattoria, enoteca or restaurant and you’ll surely enjoy an amazing meal!