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Map of top 10 attractions in Florence
The typical top ten attractions are listed below. You can find the detailed locations of these places on the maps above.
- Marvel at the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) and Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia).
- Visit the Duomo Cathedral and get to the top of the Cupolone.
- Walk along the Arno River and listen to a street musician on the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
- Shop for locally grown fruits at the San Lorenzo Market.
- Sit down at the Loggia dei Lanzi and soak in Scenery at Piazza Della Signoria.
- Pay respects to Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Dante and light a candle for art at the Basilica of Santa Croce.
- Rub the snout of Il Porcellino for good luck and a future return to Florence. Il Porcellino is the statue of a wild boar located under the loggia of the Mercato Nuovo, near Piazza della Signoria.
- Hear Benedictine monks sing in Georgian chant at the church of San Miniato al Monte.
- Take a stroll through the leather markets at the San Lorenzo street market (Piazza del Mercato Centrale) and Scuola del Cuoio.
- See the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo.
What are some interesting facts about Florence?
According to UNESCO, almost a third of the world's art treasures reside in Florence - not bad for such a small city. The main viewing galleries include the Uffizi, the Bargello and the Academy.
A monument of architectural genius in its time, the Cathedral of Holy Mary of the Flowers, known as the Duomo, dominates the Florence skyline and is the second largest church in Italy after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. You can climb 463 stone steps into the cupola for a close-up of The Last Judgement and a sweeping view of the city.
In 1817, French author Henri Stendhal staggered around the streets of Florence emotionally overwhelmed at the aesthetic beauty of the city. His symptoms of dizziness, palpitations and panic attacks on seeing so many exquisite works of art gave rise to the condition, medically diagnosed as recently as 1982, known as Stendhalismo.
Michelangelo's statue of David was originally commissioned to adorn a buttress of the Duomo but now stands in the Gallery of the Academy. A copy also attracts the camera-clickers in the Piazza della Signoria.
The centre of the city is split by the River Arno and whilst most of the principal attractions lie north of the river, a number are scattered in the more artisan district to the south, an area known as the Oltrarno – literally translated as 'beyond the Arno'.
The Galleria degli Uffizi is the single most visited building in Italy with some one and a half million admirers passing through each year. It's housed in what used to be the administrative offices of the city's most famous family, the prosperous Medicis.
The Ponte Vecchio, now occupied by goldsmiths, was the only bridge spared by Hitler as the Germans retreated under the advance of the American 5th Army in 1944 in Europe. Hitler said it was too beautiful to destroy.
When it comes to eating, the Fiorentini definitely know good food. Tuscany, the region where Florence is located is home to the best wine and cheese; so you can just imagine what the rest of the food is like. Some typical regional dishes include: Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a large rare T-Bone steak cooked over charcoal; Crostini Toscani, sliced pieces of crunchy bread with chicken pâté spread on top; and the Tagliata, sliced rare beef served on a bed of arugula, topped with slices of Parmesan cheese.
Did you know that some of Italy's finest and most famous artists and celebrities came from or made Florence their home? The artistic inspirations of the great sculptor Donatello and painters Rafael and Michelangelo were born in Firenze. Other important historic figures who lived in Florence include Amerigo Vespucci the explorer, Niccolo Macchiavelli the philosopher, Galileo Galilei the astronomer and haute couture fashion designers such as Guccio Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Florence Nightingale, famous for revolutionizing the field of nursing, was born in and named after the city of Florence.
Via Chiantigiana is arguably the most beautiful road in all of Italy. Winding through the vineyards and woodlands surrounding Florence connecting to Siena.
Florence is the capital city of the province of Florence and the Italian region of Tuscany.
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