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Things to do in Florence

Florence is one of the world’s most famous cities: a little jewel with a lot of must-see that a week isn’t enough. Anyway you can spend here a shorter time visiting the main landmarks and enjoying the joyful Florentine atmosphere. Even if the list of things to do in Florence should be tailor-made according to your interests, we have made a selection of 3 activities that you cannot skip, above all if you visit Florence for the first time and you want to experience the essence of this city.

  1. DUOMO (CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE) The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (known simply as the Duomo) occupies the Piazza del Duomo in the heart of Florence and encompasses the city with its magnificent height and grandeur. It is not only the religious center of the city, it’s also one of its most important attraction. Many visitors like to climb to the top of the dome (the cupola, designed by Brunelleschi) or to the top of the bell tower (designed by Giotto) where you’ll find spectacular views of the city.
  2. PONTE VECCHIO The Ponte Vecchio is one of the most famous bridges in the world and one of Florence’s landmarks. This medieval bridge was built over the Arno river and it’s the only one that has houses, jewelers and souvenir shops on it. If you are traveling with your couple you cannot miss to visit it because it is also the bridge of the love locks: there are over 8 million love locks around Ponte Vecchio and you are supposed to lock a padlock on the bridge and throw your key into the water so your love will last forever.
  3. PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO If you want to have a wonderful view of Florence at the sunset without climbing to the top of the Dome or of the Giotto’s tower, you can also head to the hill of Piazzale Michaelangelo. On the top of the hill you may see also another replica of the statue of the David by Michelangelo (the real David is at the Galleria dell’Accademia), a stunning marble statue of the biblic David who killed the giant Goliah with a stone from his slingshot. Do you know why David’s right hand is larger than the left one? It’s becasue David was said to be of “manus fortis”-strong of hand. And do you know he was lefty? And finally, do you know that Queen Victoria in 1857 was shocked by David’s nudity?

As you can see, even if Florence is a small city, there are a lot of monuments and places that deserve to be visited. This is the reason why you should meditate about the duration of your stay and the accomodation.