The Best Things To Do In Florence

If you are looking for a city that is filled with museums, galleries and an ambience that captures the imagination, Florence is the perfect choice for you. You can find priceless works from the Renaissance masters but there is much to offer you. Explore the city in all its glory, take a trip through history and find out why this little corner of Tuscany is well worth a visit.

Marvel at the Duomo

Taking six centuries to build, this stunning cathedral is famous for Brunelleschi’s massive 15th century terracotta-tile cupola, which is still the largest masonry dome in the world. Once you are inside, you will find Paolo Uccello’s famous fresco of the 14th-century British Mercenary, Sir John Hawkwood. The stunning mosaic ceiling will captivate you but you will soon realise just why this is such a special place.

Visit the Piazza Della Signoria

The Piazza Della Signoria is a large square that is overshadowed by the medieval town hall of Palazzo Vecchio, which is full to the brim with stunning artworks from the Medici dynasty. However, today it is full of tourists, with a bustling atmosphere, grab a coffee at one of the of the many cafes or grab some lunch looking out over the square. It is a great place to watch the world go by.

Go in Search of Sculptures in the Galleria degli Uffizi

This is the most celebrated art gallery in Italy located in what was once built as the Medici Whitehall, where the governing dynasty’s administrative centre was housed. Here you will find Gentile da Fabriano's Adoration of the Magi, Botticelli's Primavera as well as the Birth of Venus along with the twin portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino from Piero Della Francesca. One visit might not be enough but it is definitely worth a trip.

Michaelango’s David

The nude statue, known the world over stands proudly in the ‘tribuna' of the Accademia Gallery. Follow the crowds and you will eventually come across him. This amazing statue was created from one single, five-metre-high piece of Carrara marble, it really is a work of art.

Ride a boat down the Arno

It's not all about art or museums because you can see Florence from a different angle when you take a trip on a traditional wooden Brachetti. A 50-minute tour will take you around the many landmark buildings such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio and the Palazzo Corsini.

Borgo San Jacopo

Heading to Italy, you have to sample the wonders of Al Fresco dining and this is what the Borgo San Jacopo offers. You can try wonderful dishes accompanies by great views alongside the Arno. You will be able to see the Ponte Vecchio and many of the other impressive sights that this city has to offer. There are many restaurants to choose from but you will need to book in advance.

 

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Events In Florence

Holy Friday Reenactment – March/April

This play of the Passion of Christ takes place on Good Friday in Grassina, which is just a short journey outside of Florence. This spectacular area has its own Easter traditions and this is why they put on the Passion of Christ. It involves over 400 residents of the town where they recreate episodes from the New Testament ending with the crucifixion. Countless number of hours are put into preparing for this event, including the sewing of the stunning costumes which often takes place the year before. A lot goes into creating this event but that all helps to create that magical atmosphere that makes this play a must-watch.

Patron Saint Feast Day – June 24th

To conclude Florence's celebrations to St. John the Baptist, an impressive firework display takes place to embrace the patron saint of the city. However, during the afternoon, the historical football match known as the Calcio Storico takes place in Piazza Santa Croce, followed by a parade through the centre from Piazza Santa Maria Novella to Piazza Santa Croce. The game marks a similar match played by a trapped soldier in Florence in 1530 with teams from four neighbourhoods taking part. There is the Santa Croce, Santa Spirito, Santa Maria Novella and San Giovanni with the game being made up of a mixture of football, rugby and wrestling with all participants wearing 16th-century costumes. It is a spectacular event that brings the city together to celebrate and remember St. John the Baptist.

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