Florence: discover its wonders with Antiche Mura

Florence : every corner of the city is a treasure to be discovered, from the magnificent Duomo complex, with Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower, to the Ponte Vecchio, a symbol of beauty and history. The Uffizi Gallery holds masterpieces by legendary artists, while the Accademia Gallery is home to Michelangelo's David. No less fascinating are the Pitti Palace and its museums, the Boboli Gardens, and Palazzo Vecchio, the center of Florentine power.
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In Canto XXVI of Inferno Dante Alighieri describes Florence as a place of such splendor that it echoes even in the abysses of hell. The city, famous since antiquity, is distinguished by the elegance of its historic buildings and artistic richness ranging from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The Renaissance, in particular, enshrined Florence as its global epicenter. However, Florence’s history begins much earlier.

The city’s origins date back to the Villanovan period of Etruscan times, with an area inhabited since prehistoric times. The name Florence derives from “Florentia,” a Latin term that evokes an auspiciousness of future prosperity.

With a millennial history culminating in the flowering of the Renaissance, Florence offers a myriad of wonders to discover. Every alley in its historic center holds a precious treasure, story or legend. From the central location of B&B Antiche Mura in Arezzo getting to Florence is easy and convenient. It is for this reason that we offer some ideas on things to see in Florence. This city is not only a jewel of Tuscany, but a universal heritage of immeasurable value. You cannot miss the opportunity to visit this enchanting place . For insights and suggestions, consult our guides and plan your itinerary to the best of your ability!

Piazza del Duomo : an open-air museum in the center of Florence

The famous Piazza del Duomo has been described by Florentine authorities as an “open-air museum” deserving, perhaps, of a guidebook all to itself. Indeed, this spectacular square is home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which alone is worth a thousand artistic masterpieces. From here you can view Brunelleschi’s majestic Dome, an emblem of the grandeur of human ingenuity, and Giotto’s enchanting Campanile. You can also explore the wonders of the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Crypt of Santa Reparata, not to mention the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

All these artistic gems are now integrated into a single museum complex, de a single ticket will give you access to every building in this square. Let’s face it: just walking around Piazza del Duomo justifies a trip, even if you come from the opposite end of the globe!

Ponte Vecchio: one of the most beautiful wonders of Florence

The Ponte Vecchio is undoubtedly one of the most famous bridges in the entire world. Its breathtaking beauty is such that, at the end of World War II, it captivated even German troops. Although they were ordered to demolish the Florentine bridges to hinder the Allied forces, they decided to spare the Ponte Vecchio in particular. You will realize its uniqueness as you walk over this structure overlooking the Arno River: it is an unparalleled setting.

One of the distinctive features of the Ponte Vecchio is the Vasari Corridor, designed in the 16th century by the renowned Arezzo architect Giorgio Vasari at the behest of Cosimo I de’ Medici. This passageway allowed the Florentine elite to pass over the bridge while avoiding the common people. Today more than 1,000 paintings from the Uffizi collection can be admired inside: a truly unique sight.

The Uffizi Gallery: treasure trove of World Art

After telling you about the Ponte Vecchio and the Vasari Corridor, it is a must to mention the wonderful Uffizi Gallery. Already by looking at the Uffizi from the outside, one can grasp the artistic importance of this place. The Piazzale degli Uffizi is adorned with majestic statues immortalizing emblematic figures of Tuscan history. You can admire effigies of illustrious figures such as Lorenzo De’ Medici, known as the Magnificent, Guido d’Arezzo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Dante Alighieri and many others .

However, the Uffizi Gallery represents something even more grandiose: it is, along with the Vatican Museums in Rome, one of the most visited museums in the world. The list of artists with works on display inside leaves you breathless. Indeed, you can appreciate masterpieces by Leonardo, Cimabue, Caravaggio, Raphael, Giotto, Titian. We can continue by listing Mantegna, Rembrant, Botticelli, Pontormo, Bronzino, Andrea del Sarto and many others.

Uffizi is therefore an unmissable treasure for those visiting Florence.

The Academy Gallery: the Florentine wonders never seem to end

Accademia Gallery will deeply surprise you, just like the more famous Uffizi. Artists of the caliber of Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Pontorno have their creations displayed in this Gallery. However, the centerpiece of the Accademia is undoubtedly Michelangelo’s David. This extraordinary marble sculpture, which stands over 5 meters tall, has a unique history and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

The Boboli Gardens and the Pitti Palace

The fascinating Pitti Palace, once the home of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, houses several important collections. In fact, inside the palace you can admire the Palatine Gallery, the elegant Royal Apartments, a fine Modern Art Gallery and the Museums dedicated to Silver and Porcelain. Also not to be missed is the Costume Gallery, an essential reference point for the history of global fashion.

The adjoining Boboli Garden is a true treasure trove of scenic and architectural beauty, which alone requires at least three hours to explore.

Here we come to Palazzo Vecchio : the heart of Florentine administrative power.

The ancient Palazzo Vecchio, in addition to housing various government offices, is also home to the office of the Florentine mayor. This historic building is part of the Florentine civic museums and is among the prestigious collections of the Google Art Project. Inside you can be fascinated by the Salone dei Cinquecento, the detailed maps in the Sala delle Carte Geografiche and the Sala delle Udienze. Not to be missed is the Chapel of Duchess Eleanor of Toledo. As if that were not enough, archaeological evidence of a pre-existing Roman Amphitheater, dating from the period between the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C., surfaced in 2010.

The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

Inside the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria Novella you can admire a Crucifix made by Giotto, another wooden one carved by Brunelleschi, and Masaccio’s fascinating Trinity. Its imposing exterior facade places it among the architectural gems of the Florentine Renaissance. We cannot fail to mention the Strozzi and Tornabuoni Chapels, the adjoining museum and the imposing Chiostro Grande, unfortunately accessible only at particular times.

Discover the beauties of Florence with Antiche Mura!

We conclude our overview of the wonders to be discovered in Florence, but certainly not because we have run out of topics. We could potentially fill entire volumes on the beauties of this fascinating city. Thanks to its proximity to Arezzo, Florence is then easily accessible from B&B Antiche Mura, making it one of the main points of interest in the surrounding area. In fact, taking a train from Arezzo to Florence is a breeze, with round-trip departures that are hourly.

We at B&B Antiche Mura would like to make a recommendation :do not miss a stop in Florence during your Tuscan stay! We are convinced that it will leave you breathless with its unparalleled charm and compelling and special history. The undisputed world capital of the Renaissance awaits you, just a stone’s throw from Arezzo and B&B Antiche Mura!

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