Reasons To Visit Florence In Italy
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Reasons To Visit Florence In Italy by James Burrows
You can define Florence as
the city of "pleasance, elegance, excellence, opulence, magnificence".
In fact, you may need lot more beautiful adjectives to describe the city
completely. Certainly, Florence has floral pleasance, architectural elegance,
artistic excellence, cultural opulence, and renaissancial magnificence.
is one of the most fantastic cities of Italy. The heart of Tuscany resting
on the Arno River was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy from 1865 to
1870. Long ruled by the Medici family, Florence is often considered the
birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The city is known for its scenic
beauty and richness of its art and architecture. Surely, Florence gives
you numerous reasons to visit its exotic sites, but here are top rated
10 reasons to visit the city.
|Santa Maria del Fiore
(Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore), the iconic domed cathedral of
the city, is the best-known site and renaissance architectural gem of Florence.
The basilica, famous for its dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, is
also known as Duomo or Florence Cathedral. The magnificent cathedral has
literally become the symbol of the city.
Giotto's Tower, sited
adjacent to the Duomo, is one of the notable sites in Florence. The lofty
campanile tower is designed by Giotto, the eminent renaissancial Italian
painter and architect from Florence. The majestic tower has 414 stepped,
which you can climb to have magnificent 360-degree view of the Duomo.
of St John (Battistero di San Giovanni) is a splendiferous religious
edifice in Florence. It is believed to be the oldest building in the city.
The Baptistery is famous for its beautiful interior and three sets of magnificent
and artistically important bronze doors. Baptistery stands in the Piazza
del Duomo, just to the west of the Duomo.
Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi,
a palazzo in Florence, is one of the oldest and most renowned art museums
in the world. The museum offers marvellous collection of classic masterpieces,
renaissance paintings & sculptures, which include the works of the
masters, such as Cimabue, Duccio, Giotto, Simone Martini, Paolo Uccello,
Piero della Francesca, Fra Filippo Lippi, Andrea del Verrocchio, Hugo van
der Goes, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Piero di Cosimo, Albrecht
Dürer, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Parmigianino, and Caravaggio.
|Fountain of Neptune
or Bartolomeo Ammanati's Fountain of Neptune, in the heart of the
city, in the Piazza della Signoria (Signoria square), in front of the Palazzo
Vecchio, is a remarkable fountain in Florence. The fountain is a masterpiece
of marble sculpture at the terminus of a still functioning Roman aqueduct.
It was designed by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1563-1565) and some assistants,
such as Giambologna.
Bargello, also known
as the Bargello Palace or Palazzo del Popolo (Palace of the People),
is a famous art museum, located near Piazza della Signoria. Officially
known as the National Museum of the Bargello, the museum features the wonderful
works of renaissancial lords including Michelangelo, Donatello, Ammannati,
Bandinelli, Andrea and Jacopo Sansovino, Desiderio da Settignano, Giambologna,
and Antonio Rossellino.
Palazzo Vecchio, the
huge Tuscan Gothic crenellated fortress-palace, is one of the most significant
public places in Florence. The town hall of Florence is one of the most
impressive town halls of Tuscany. Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria
with its famous copy of Michelangelo's David statue, the Palazzo Vecchio
is a symbol of the commune of Florence.
Pitti Palace (Palazzo
Pitti), situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance
from the Ponte Vecchio, is a grand Renaissance palace. The palace was originally
the town residence of an ambitious Florentine banker, Luca Pitti.
|The Medici family bought
it in 1539. Presently, the palace exhibits the collection of the Medici
family's artistic treasures.
Boboli Gardens (Giardino
di Boboli), behind the Palazzo Pitti, comprise famous park of Florence.
The gardens are nice place for pleasuring, walking, and enjoying wonderful
views of the city and the countryside south of the city. The gardens are
known for their famous collection of sculptures dating from the sixteenth
through the eighteenth centuries, and Roman antiquities.
Ponte Vecchio, a medieval
bridge over the Arno River, is the oldest and most famous bridge in Florence.
Often the bridge is described as Europe's oldest wholly-stone, closed-spandrel
segmental arch bridge. The bridge is a great tourist trap, famous for jewelry
shops built along it, since the days of the Medici.