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Florence, Fountain of Neptune

Florence travel guide

Vacationers from around the world flock to the capital city of Tuscany in Italy called Florence. With about 370,000 people it’s the largest population in Tuscany. Home to the birth of the Renaissance it’s a city with so much history under it’s belt it’s no wonder they have such a thriving tourist industry.

Florence

Florence

Florence was the center of art, politics and intellectual thought during the Renaissance period. It is the most popular tourist attraction in the Tuscany region. Things to See in Florence Italy:

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Visitors will want to spend some time in the Salone dei Cinquecento. Once a grand hall of the Grand Duke Cosimo I, they offer modern viewers a look at some of the Pallazzo Vecchio’s finest frescoes. Scenes depicting The Taking of Siena and Pisa Attacked by the Florentines are only two among many extolling the ruler’s military adventures.

Uffizi Gallery in Florence

The Uffizi occupies a building originally intended as office space for the Grand Duke Cosimo I (1519-1574). ‘Uffizi’ in Italian means ‘office’. The gallery itself was completed in 1581 from a design by Vasari, under the sponsorship of Cosimo’s son, Francisco. Gradually, the Medici transferred more and more works here, creating the world’s first public art museum in 1591.

Shopping in Florence

The market offers food that are works of agricultural art, while providing an atmosphere that is itself a stellar combination of architecture and social display. Vendors here sell everything from simple meats and fish to an array of cheeses. Check out the wild boar salami for a very different tasting sandwich.

What to do In Florence

Where could you look to start sightseeing? You might begin by visiting the Duomo – getting there early offers a great opportunity to avoid the crowds. Climb the campanile (bell tower) and you can get a great view of the city. Time for a stroll down towards the Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge across the Arno.