Cathedral of Santa Maria


  • Florence as a center of world culture. Ground Florence
  • The wealth of Florence: the brilliant work of art
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria - the pearl of Florence
  • Piazza della Signoria - the most beautiful place of Florence
  • The most popular attractions Florence
  • Travel Tips, wanted to meet with Florence close

Italy is famous for many of its cities, and one of the most beautiful is in Florence, is situated at the northern foot of the Apennines, the Arno River. Florence is considered a world center of tourism and the most beautiful Italian city, where there are interesting sights, which is the birthplace of the Renaissance: it is here that were created by the best of the best works and the works of famous artists, musicians, architects and sculptors.

All the attractions of this city Italy and other countries of the world belong to the classics. The wealth of the city in great cultural and, accordingly, architectural monuments, which are a delight to all tourists and visitors at a glance.
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Florence as a center of world culture. Ground Florence

Florence is a part of Tuscany (former province of) a rich history which goes far back into the past. Quite a long time in these places lived the Etruscans, evidenced by the excavations carried out as a result of which have been found quite priceless works of the people. The city itself was founded by the Romans in 59 BC.

These places are famous for their picturesque. Especially beautiful Florentine nature in the spring months, when the green hills surrounding the city bloom beautiful flowers. This "highlight" and gave the city its name.

In all, the city had to endure a lot of different events: change of religion, an emerging new culture, decay, war, change of power and building management. But all of this has made the city even better.

The flowering of Florence came up with the rule of Cosimo de 'Medici, lasted from 1434 to 1737. It was the kind of governor who during his government has not taken any title until the end of his life was just a citizen. He always maintained republican form of government (Signoria - the government of 8 people). He loved art, collected various works, books. His orders to architects, sculptors and artists supported and patronage of talented people of art.

 Piazza della Signoria
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The wealth of Florence: the brilliant work of art

Florence, like the rest of Italy, is the greatest cultural center, which is simply impossible to imagine without the works of brilliant talents, like Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo. They are now considered masterpieces adorn the various buildings, the area being a hallmark of the city. At different periods in the city we lived and, accordingly, created Galileo, Dante, helping our compatriots Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky.

Inspect all of the attractions of the city is simply impossible, not enough, not only weeks, but months. To review all the museums, galleries, architectural structures, you need quite a long time to remain or reside in the city. And to see everything you need to just move there to live.
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Cathedral of Santa Maria - the pearl of Florence

Italy has the most beautiful temples in the world. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is without doubt the jewel of Florence. The building towers over the city. In its construction the active involvement of famous architects and artists. The foundation of the cathedral was laid in 1294 by the architect Arnolfo di Cambio, important and active part in the construction of the cathedral took other famous masters: Brunelleschi, Francesco Talenti, Andrea Pisano, Giotto.

A notable part of the cathedral is its facade, designed in the 19th century Florentine Gothic style, and the bell tower (14th century), which is decorated with statues, medallions, although at the moment are used instead of their copies, with originals everyone can be found in the cathedral museum. Inspiring is the interior of a cathedral: the magnificent statues and sculpted tombstones. The cathedral museum exhibits the richest collection of cultural treasures, among which are statues of Pollaiuolo, Donatello and Michelangelo delightful.

 Ponte Santa Trinita
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Piazza della Signoria - the most beautiful place of Florence

Sure, Italy is famous for its beauty, and the most beautiful place is considered to be the Piazza della Signoria. This place is iconic sights of the city, so guests arrived should definitely read them. The main building on the square is the Palazzo Vecchio, which was built by Arnolfo di Cambio created project. This is a significant building in its power and massiveness in appearance more like a fortress topped with a clock tower.

Entrance to the Palace decorated with the inscription "King reigns, and God reigns", placed in a medallion with figures of lions and the monogram of Christ. It was made at the behest of K. Medici. Apart from the palace, the square there is a fountain of Neptune (16th century), the statue of Cosimo de 'Medici, sculptures and other works of the best masters. Undoubtedly, all the statues are only copies, the originals are in a museum for their better preservation.
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The most popular attractions Florence

Italy will be remembered for guests of the country and other popular attractions. For example, Florence is famous for the Church of Santa Croce. This is one of the great works by Arnolfo di Cambio, is Gothic. Work on its construction was started in 1294, but the church was consecrated only after 250 years.

In addition, with great pleasure vacationers visit famous museums: the Palatine Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery, which presents the best works of Italian, Venetian, Florentine schools. It is worth to note that the galleries are works by Flemish authors.

The Uffizi Gallery was built by order of the Medici family in the 16th century, after which it was donated to the city of Florence. The exposition of the gallery are works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Piero della Francesca, Giotto, Cimabue, Leonardo da Vinci.

 Giotto's bell tower
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Travel Tips, wanted to meet with Florence close

Italy offers a variety of places that are definitely worth seeing.

Where to recover, and what sights to see in the first place?

In order to avoid confusion, it is best to create a route. For example, most travelers enjoy guidebooks, which is just a brief course of acquaintance with the city of Florence and the main attractions:

  1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo di Firenze). It is a masterpiece of the Renaissance. It is considered a symbol of the city of Florence. Created by engineer and architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Attention is drawn to the amazing watches that go in the opposite direction. An interesting fact is that since the mid-15th century to the present time, the clock is running without a single failure. This attraction is public domain. Tourists have the opportunity for 6 euros to climb the 464 steps to the top of a wonderful red dome. To avoid huge queues, it is best to choose the morning to visit.
  2. Giotto's Bell Tower. Located 30 meters from the cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo. It allows you to see the panorama of the city. Steps are 414, the entrance to the bell tower for an extra charge - 6 euros.
  3. Baptistery of San Giovanni. Best of the oldest buildings in the historic center of Florence, dates back to the 5th century. The highlight of it considered the eastern gate, decorated with 10 gilded bas-relief panels, made on biblical themes. Particular attention is attracted and the southern and northern gates, which are decorated with bas-reliefs (28 on each gate) and a mosaic dome, which was made by Byzantine craftsmen.
  4. Basilica of San Lorenzo. This is the best of the oldest churches in Florence, which was founded in the 4th century. In the church are the tombs of the Medici clan, made of marble.
  5. Basilica of Santa Croce. Attraction of the place are the tombs of the most famous inhabitants of the city. Peace is found Machiavelli, Dante, Galileo, Rossini and other celebrities. In addition to the Pantheon of Florence, the Basilica is famous frescoes by Giotto and multicolored stained glass located in the interior.
  6. Palazzo Vecchio. Not only that, it is a repository of the best masterpieces of sculpture and painting, which is rightly proud of Italy itself is an architectural gem of the palazzo together with the rich interiors. Tourists get a chance to review a copy of the sculpture "David" by Michelangelo.
  7. Piazza della Signoria. Located in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, it is located on a wide variety of sculptures, ranging from "David" by Michelangelo, and the last track, "Judith and Holofernes" by Donatello.
  8. "Old Bridge" (Ponte Vecchio) and Korridoyo-Vazariano. This is the oldest bridge located in Florence. The most popular images on the postcards with views of the city. Around the bridge there are numerous jewelry shops that originated since the time of the Medici. Giorgio Vasari engineered a secret corridor, which is located above shops and connects the Palazzo Pitti and Palazzo Vecchio.
  9. Ponte Santa Trinita. Is the old arched bridge, not only in Florence, but also in the world. Sleek bridge city history started in the 13th century.
  10. Church of Santa Maria Novella. The fame of the Church gives light tracery facade that resembles a box. The interior includes numerous works of art: it is the Greek frescoes, marble tombstones. Here is the famous crucifix by Brunelleschi.
  11. Piazzale Michelangelo. Suffice vast space located on a hilltop. From here you can see all of Florence, offers a special beauty in the early evening. Climb to the area may be on the stairs of San Nicolo.
  12. Boboli Gardens. In the gardens you can breathe fresh air and rest after a long visits to museums. There are numerous statues, monuments. Besides all this, there is a splendid view of the Cathedral and the quarters of the city. In the neighborhood are the Bardini Gardens, a visit which is available at 7 euros.

And this is only part of what can please Italy and, in particular, Florence its tourists, vacationers, travelers. It is no secret that even permanently residing in the city residents do not always have time to see the sights of the city.

 Interesting sights of Florence