The main square of the historic center of Florence. The heart of the religious life of the city since the Middle Ages, there are collected the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's bell tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. The latter is the oldest building (dates back to the XI-XII century) but the most imposing structure is definitely the cathedral dome, clearly visible across the plain of Florence. The architectural ensemble of the square was made by the likes of Filippo Brunelleschi, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Arnolfo di Cambio, Giorgio Vasari. These personalities were at the time the artists and architects the most popular and famous. Their works most brilliant and innovative are still being studied worldwide.
The Ponte Vecchio is one of the symbols of the city of Florence and one of the most famous bridges in the world. Cross the river Arno in its narrowest point, where in ancient times there was a ford. The Ponte Vecchio is composed of three large arched crossings. Another typical feature is the passage flanked by two rows of workshops. At the center of the bridge the shops are interrupted with two terraces: one to the east is topped by the Vasari Corridor, while the other has a monument with a bust of Benvenuto Cellini.
Vital core of public life in Florence as early as the Middle Ages. Imposing the center of the square is the thirteenth century Palazzo Vecchio. Much of the building was converted into a museum, but it is still home to the town of Florence as evidence of the political importance of the building since its construction. In the square you can also admire the Fountain of Neptune, the Loggia dei Lanzi, the statue of Hercules and Caco and the ancient Court of Merchandise.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the most famous museums in the world. Thanks to its extraordinary collections of paintings and sculpture is the main tourist attraction in Florence. The Uffizi houses a great artistic heritage, which includes thousands of paintings from medieval to modern, a large number of ancient sculptures and miniatures. Among the artists of the gallery we find Giotto, Simone Martini, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, Mantegna, Correggio, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Caravaggio.
Pitti Palace was the palace of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, inhabited by the Medici, from Lorraine and Savoy. Inside are housed several museums: the Palatine Gallery, with works by Raphael and Titian, the Monumental Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art (with the works of macchiaioli), the Silver Museum, dedicated to applied art, the Gallery Costumes, the largest museum dedicated to Italian fashion, the porcelain Museum and the Carriage Museum. The monumental Boboli gardens are one of the best examples in the world of Italian gardens.
Born with a private garden of the Grand Duke resident Pitti Palace, it is now a historical park in the center. It ranks among the most important examples of Italian gardens in the world, a real open-air museum. The original Renaissance style was enriched over the years with rococo elements (Kaffeehaus), artificial lakes, fountains, gravel streets, temples, statues and even caves. The largest is the one built by Buontalenti at the end of 1500.