Florence – Tuscany

December 23, 2020

Distance: 55 km

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, one of the most beautiful and richest cities of art in the world, in fact a real open-air museum. Even visiting it for just one day, you can admire and discover some of the most significant points of interest.All located within a few hundred meters and easily reachable on foot.

The “obligatory” stops for those who visit the city from morning to evening, are undoubtedly the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, both a stone’s throw from the central station. Continuing towards the center, you cannot “avoid” the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, on which stands the famous Brunelleschi’s Dome; Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni.

Continuing on via Roma you can also quickly reach Piazza della Repubblica, famous for its historic cafes (Caffè Gilli, Caffè Paszkowski and the Caffè delle Giubbe Rosse) and the carousel located in the center of the square. Leaving the square, you cut onto via degli Speziale, turn right onto via dei Calzaiuoli and after a few meters you will come to Piazza della Signoria.

Here then is Palazzo Vecchio, seat of the Municipality of Florence, the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Fountain of Neptune. Behind the square is the Uffizi Gallery: a unique opportunity to admire some of the most important paintings in the history of art.

The visit can only end by visiting Ponte Vecchio, another symbol of the Tuscan capital: in addition to being the oldest bridge in the city, it has the particularity of being almost completely closed on the sides. Only in the central part is it possible to enjoy a romantic view of the Arno, while the rest of the view is covered by the famous goldsmiths and craftsmen’s shops.

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