We took direct train from Venice Grand Canal to Florence SMN. It was a 2-hour journey and one can witness on both side mesmerizing green fields, remote villages and hills of Tuscany region which is most beautiful place in Italy. Our stay was adjacent to Pizzale Michelangelo. Pizzale Michelangelo, which is a major tourist attraction, situated on hill from where Florence city is visible and especially in night the city lights and its reflection on Arno River look hypnotizing. The hill is perfect place to stay. Many of Florence sights are among Italy’s most iconic places such as Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s Dome – and the whole city is perfect model of the Italian Renaissance, the humanist artistic movement that broke Europe out of the Dark Ages. The capital city of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence is globally admired for its great attentiveness of Renaissance art and style. We listed out must see places and visited most of them on foot.
Piazza della Repubblica
One of the oldest sections of Florence, the Piazza della Repubblica sits on the site of the city’s Roman forum. The chronicler Giovanni Villani reports an oral tradition that there was a temple to Mars on or near this site, and writes that Mars was the city’s patron god and so determined the city’s warlike character. The Colonna dell’Abbondanza, a monument built in 1431, marks the exact center of the ancient settlement. It has Neoclassical edifices, premium luxury stores and open-air eateries.
Loggia dei Lanzi
Renaissance art and architecture are on full display at this ceremonial building adjacent to a corner of the Piazza della Signoria. The Rape of the Sabine Women, one of the most attractive sculpture, was an incident in Roman mythology in which the men of Rome committed a mass abduction of young women from the other cities in the region. On the façade of the Loggia, below the parapet, are trefoils with allegorical figures of the four cardinal virtues (Fortitude, Temperance, Justice and Prudence) by Agnolo Gaddi. Benvenuto Cellini’s bronze statue of Perseus holding the head of Medusa is a star attraction.
Santa Croce Church
The world’s largest Franciscan church, Santa Croce is the final resting place for luminaries like Michelangelo, Rossini, Galileo and Dante. The original bell tower built above the apse of the Church fell down in 1512 however by 1800s it was finally completed. There are sixteen family chapels that help compose the Santa Croce Basilica, considered the largest Franciscan church in the world and legend tells us that that Santa Croce was founded by St Francis himself. No visit to Florence is complete without paying homage to the city’s most famous inhabitants, many of whom are buried within the church nicknamed the Temple of the Italian Glories.
The square, dedicated to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has bronze copies of some of his marble works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. The Piazzale Michelangelo is a large, partly pedestrianized square located across the Arno River from the center of Florence. From the square visitors have a magnificent view over the city. Although you can get a 360-degree panorama of Florence from the dome of the cathedral, only from this terrace can you fully appreciate how Brunelleschi’s dome dominates the city center.
Piazza della Signoria
The impressive 14th-century Palazzo Vecchio is still preeminent with its crenellated tower. Serving over the centuries as an important center for politics and the site of several historic episodes, the Piazza della Signoria is a beautiful square centered among some of the top attractions in Florence. It is here that tourists can visit remarkable places like the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Museum, the Palazzo Uguccioni, the Loggia de Lanzi and the nearby Ponte Vecchio bridge. This broad square has been the center of power in Florence since its 14th-century origins – and perhaps even before, as Etruscan and Roman remains have been found below its pavement.