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  1. Piazza de' Pitti
  2. Ponte Vecchio
  3. Bardini Museum
  4. Basilica of Santa Croce
  5. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  6. Costa San Giorgio
  7. Porta San Frediano
  8. Santa Maria Novella
  9. Stibbert Museum
  10. Uffizi Gallery
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The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the world. The museum hosts an extraordinary collection of masterpieces organized in chronological order from the 13th to the 18th centuries. It houses some of the most important pieces by Cimabue, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, as well as one of the world’s largest collections of masterpieces by Botticelli. Visit the official website >

Basilica of Santa Croce

Dedicated to the Santa Croce, the Holy Cross, the Basilica is the site of famous tombs such as the one of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Foscolo. The church is known also as “the Temple of the Italian Glories”. It is placed on its named after square Piazza Santa Croce. Visit the official website >

Santa Maria del Fiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church of Florence. In 1296, the building of the biggest basilica of the world began and was only finished as late as 1436, requiring five architects.  The Cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the baptistery and the Giotto's steeple, a magnificent tower standing right next to the façade. Visit the official website >

Santa Maria Novella

The piazza was once the site for the Palio dei Cocchi races; horse drawn carriages were racing in a competition around the two obelisques. The same named Basilica Santa Maria Novella overlooks the square. It is a home church of the Dominican Order. The construction started in 1278 but was not finished until as much as 70 years later, by Leon Battista Alberti. Visit the official website >

Ponte Vecchio

At the most narrow part of the Arno River stands the oldest bridge of Florence. The bridge has been continuously destroyed by floods. Every time, it has been rebuild to be stronger until 1345, when it collapsed for the last time. Today, the Ponte Vecchio houses leather and jewelry shops, and the many musicians, portraitists and other entertainers create a suggestive atmosphere.

Piazza de'Pitti

Piazza Dè Pitti is one of the most famous square of Florence; it is dominated by the imposing Pitti palace. It was a design by the architect Brunelleschi, on request of the Pitti family. When the Medici gained the ruling power of the city, the the Pitti went bankrupt and left its palace to become the most prestigious residence of the Medici family. Today it houses a total of eight museums.

Giardino dei Boboli

Behind Palazzo Pitti, lies Giardino dei Boboli, a beautiful example of Italian garden. A really open-air museum, with fountains and waterfalls, false cave entrances, marble statues and sculpted tress. From many points it is possible to enchant an extraordinary view of Florence.

Bardini Museum

The museum was donated to the Municipal Administration of Florence by Stefano Bardini, the most authoritative italian antiquarian. The museum is located in the old monastery building and today it hosts an incredible collection of sculptures, paintings, ceramic pieces, tapestries and musical instruments of different periods. Learn more about the museum >

Stibbert Museum

The house-museum was founded by Frederick Stibbert, an English citizen born in Florence. Located on the hill of Montughi, the museum houses a total of 60 rooms with a vast collection of armour from Eastern and Western civilizations, paintings, furniture and porcelain from around the world. Visit the official website >

Porta San Frediano

Borgo San Frediano is on the Oltrarno, full of shoemaker and goldsmith workshops. This district takes its own name from Porta San Frediano, one of Florence’s last remaining ancient doors alongside the city walls. Right next to it there is a marble marker showing the Arno’s highest watermark during the devastating flood in 1966.

Costa San Giorgio

Costa San Giorgio is a hilly road located between Piazza Santa Felicita and Via San Leonardo; its name comes from the church of San Giorgio alla Costa. In ancient times there was a  monastery that later became the school of Military Health. Porta San Giorgio rises at the top of the hill along with a “Crowned Virgin Mary with Saints” and a bas-relief from the painter Andrea da Pontedera representing San Giorgio (St. George) slaying a dragon.

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