Florence is the capital of Tuscany in Italy. In current times, it is a fashion hub in Italy and over the world. The city is also known for its art galleries, museums and architectural buildings of the past. Forbes has ranked it as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Following are the top attractions in Florence that you must visit to have a great time with your family and beloved ones.
1. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower
Begin your holiday in Florence by a pious visit to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower which has one of the largest domes in the world. You can climb up through the 450+ steps to reach the top and shoot the beautiful city landscape.
2. Green Boboli Gardens
The Boboli Gardens are near the Pitti Palace and has been in existence from the times of the 16th century and covers an area of close to 45000 Sq. Mt. Currently, it is a public park with classical sculptures, exotic trees and plants all around the garden. Look out for the ‘Boboli Obelisk’, a well designed sculpture from Egypt. The gardens are a fine location to spend a quiet evening with family.
3. Wander Florence Through Biking
Take a bus ride or hire a bike and ride your way in the city at a nominal charge. Head down to the Arcetri-a medieval area and then to the highest center in the city- San Miniato al Monte Basilica for a unique sightseeing. Inquire and cycle down to the Porta Romana, believed to be the primary Florence gate. Take your DSLR along to capture some nice candid and landscape shots of the city.
4. Stop Over at Giotto’s Bell Tower
The Giotto’s Bell Tower in Florence is a 275 ft. high bell tower situated in the central city’s Piazza del Duomo. It was built in the early 14th century and has distinct mark of different styles and designs on it. Nearby is the Duomo, from where one can have a spectacular panoramic view of Florence.
5. Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular square in Florence that is definitely an admirable view for the first timers. You will effortlessly notice the large statue of Michelangelo’s David standing tall.
6. Marvel at the Open-Air Museum
A 14th century open air museum awaits you at the Della Signoria Piazza. The museum known as the Loggia dei Lanzi is a concept of an artist-Orcagna and has numerous beautiful sculptures such as the Cellini’s Perseus notable for their designs and arches.
7. Learn at the Museums
Art lovers in Florence should have the Galleria degli Uffizi in their bucket list for sure! This gallery houses the greatest collection of pre and early Italian Renaissance art in the world. It was built between the years 1560-1580 and now has a collection of rare portrait paintings by Piero della Francesco and Sandro Botticelli, art work by Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti’s Madonna painting from the 1340’s and other flawless pieces of art.
Finally, visit the Stibbert Museum to view a vast collection of weapons from the times gone by with armors and suits.
8. Have Some Peaceful Time in Florence
Even if Florence is bustling with activity, one can spend some calm moments with family in the city. Take a slow walk along the banks of the Arno River or row a boat in the river and plan your next vacation moves.
9. Relish the Italian Flavors
Florence has every dish and dessert to savor the Italian food. Start with naturally tender Gelatos with chocolate flavor. Craft beer and Chianti Classico wine are a specialty of Florence that goes down easy on your appetite.
10. Go Shopping in Florence
If you have been a fashion faithful, you can go on a shopping spree in Florence. Light up your looks at the famous brands as you purchase clothing from Armani, Louis Vuitton, Versace, etc sewn to a standard of perfection.
Don’t delay! Book your flight tickets and spend a fantastic holiday season in Florence with family.