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Visit Florence: 5 Days to Enjoy the City

Florence, Tuscany Region, Italy

When you think Italy, you do not immediately think Florence, that is one truth we know. You first think Rome, Pizza, Pasta, Venice, the Vatican and a couple of thoughts away there it is, Florence, but this beautiful European city is a must when in Italy and I am about to give us a tour around it. 5 Days might not be enough to see all the wonderful things in this region of the country. Let us begin.

Day 1

Palazzo Vecchio

Location: Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Facts about the place:

  • The building is Florence’s city hall but most of it is a Museum.
  • This town hall overlooks the Piazza della Signoria (Pretty much translating to: Ruler’s Square, or so you could assume since it’s named after the Signoria of Florence, this is the main square in the city). Here in this Piazza you will see Michelangelo’s David statue (a copy at least).
  • In the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi you will find a gallery of statues, so make sure to be prepared to take some photos.

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Day 2

Florence Cathedral

Location: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Facts about the place:

  • This Cathedral is at the top 10 largest in the world, the most impressive one being St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and the second most is Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil. Though Florence’s has the “Largest brick and mortar dome in the world”.
  • Formally known as The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
  • The works in this Cathedral started in 1296 with the Gothic style design of Arnolfo di Cambio.
  • The structure was completed in 1436.
  • Filippo Brunelleschi designed the dome we see today.

Day 3

Giotto’s Campanile

Location: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Facts about the place:

  • It first opened its doors in 1359.
  • It has both a Gothic architecture and an Italian Gothic architecture.
  • It is part of the buildings that form the Piazza del Duomo.
  • The works of art that you will find in the campanile today are copies. Between 1965 and 1967 the originals were moved to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

Giottos-Campanile

Day 4

Boboli Gardens

Location: Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Facts about the place:

  • It is a Park.
  • The Boboli Gardens hosts a collection of sculptures that go back a few centuries, 16th to the 18th, and more.
  • It is home to some Roman antiquities.
  • You will find two large and prominent fountains in the gardens: The Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean.
  • A single ticket to enter the Gardens is: 6€

Day 5

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

Location: Piazza del Duomo, 9, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Facts about the place:

  • It is home to most of the original work of arts that were at the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.
  • You will also find original construction tools and mock-ups of the Cathedral facade.
  • Top works to see: Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti, Penitent Magdalene by Donatello and The Deposition by Michelangelo.
  • It is one of the most expensive museums in the city.
  • It is less populated than other places.
  • Entrance fee: 18€

Museo-Opera-Duomo

And then we are done with our trip, we can cram some of the visits into one day and keep on including places and ideas to the list, but the best is to have a list of the places and where they are so we can plan better. Of course meals and traveling to the sites will take time in our schedule, but it can all be done.

The history, the art, the food and all in between it is part of the Tuscany region and after our time in Florence it is done, we will be leaving with a smile. If you have visited Italy before let me know, I would love to know how it truly is before going. Do not forget to enjoy the adventures and to share your experience with others.

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