Santissima Annunziata square is a marvellous square, where you are surrounded by some beautiful ancient buildings that were so important for the city of Florence: the church, dedicated to the Holy Annunciation, and the “Foundling Hospital”, built by Brunelleschi.
The most famous (and the oldest) bridge in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio! The shops that you can see on it today originally housed butchers, but were eventually replaced by jewelers and goldsmiths, who are there today! It is the only bridge that was not destroyed during the second world war.
The Strozzi Palace
The Strozzi Palace is one of the most elegant buildings you will find within the city. Unfortunately it was never finished, because the head of the Strozzi family was taken prisoner by Cosimo I Medici and committed suicide. Some of the most distinguishing features of this “palazzo” are the wrought iron objects on the facade.
The Santa Croce church is an epicenter of Florentine history and culture. The church is a place of burials: many important Italians were buried inside the church. For example, you can find the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolò Machiavelli inside. There is, also, the empty tomb of the “Divine Poet,” Dante Alighieri.
Piazza Santa Trinita
Piazza Santa Trinita (Holy Trinity square) is a small and minor square, but there you can find a very particular museum…inside you won’t find any paintings or sculptures, but only pair of shoes and bags…it is the Salvatore Ferragamo museum! Do you know who he is?
Santa Maria del Fiore
The Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore (Holy Mary with Flower) is the main church in Florence and the fourth largest church in the world. In fact, when it was built, in 1296, it was the largest one! The beauty and the brightness of its facade will leave you speechless. It is completely decorated on all sides by three colours of marble, red, white and green, and many statues.
Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica (Republic Square) is a very elegant and aristocratic place, a center of Florentine life, and is the square where the Roman forum once stood. Today in the side of the square there is still a column upon which stands a copy of “Abundance”. This column marks the precise geographical centre of Florence.
Signoria Square has always been the focal point for the Florentine political life. The “Old Palace” is where the Medici family lived for 10 years and today it’s our town hall. The square is an “open air museum” because the majority of the statues you see there are original, not copies.
Old Market Portico
The “Old Market Portico” is where a typical souvenir market is held every day. But this market is called also the “Porcellino” or little pig, because there is a bronze sculpture of a wild boar. If you touch its muzzle and you throw a coin in the water, you will come back to Florence again soon!
The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important art galleries in Italy and the world! The name comes from “uffici”, meaning offices, because at first it was not a museum but the building where the Grand Duke Cosimo I decided to have his offices join together! It was built by Giorgio Vasari, who demolished a whole quarter of the city to make space for the Uffizi building!