Florence is the capital and the largest city of Tuscany. Florence is the most popular city in Tuscany, it attracts over a million visitors every year. Tourists come to Florence to admire its many treasures in shape of statues, museums, churches, cathedrals and countless beautiful buildings decorated by big artists out of the renaissance age. Many famous artists were born in Florence or spent part of their life here. Florence owes many of its treasures and beauties to the Medici-family: a rich family that commissioned many churches and palaces throughout Florence. Florence is known worldwide because of this family and still remains one of the most culturally rich cities all over the world.
Monuments and attractions
The Duomo of Florence is something you don’t want to miss: this beautiful marble cathedral is huge, it can accommodate 30,000 people. The Duomo of the cathedral protrudes above the rooftops of Florence. The Duomo is covered with marble in the colours white green and pink. There are so many beautiful details to see that you do not know where to look. In any case, don’t forget to look at the most beautiful door, the so-called Porta Della Mandorla (Door of the Almond) on the side of the Duomo, where the stairs to the Duomo start. In 2012, the door was restored to its original state after a 12-year restoration. Ponte Vecchio is an historical bridge over the Arno-river The bridge is home to jewellers from major brands such as Rolex. The bridge dates back to the 13th century and is very popular among photographers and tourists. Palazzo Vecchio used to be the home of the Medici family, nowadays the building is used as a museum. The museum exibits the art collection of the Medici family. In addition to the furnished rooms, even various paintings and sculptures can be seen. The Boboli Gardens are also a must see its part of the Palazzo Pitti originally the private residence of the Medici family and later the Lorena and Savoy dynasty. It was built between the 15th and 19th centuries. Everywhere in the gardens is a huge range of images scattered ranging from the Etruscan period to the present. There is also an amphitheatre, coffee house, various lakes and fountains, winter greenhouses, temples, caves and beautiful paths.
Florence isn’t only known by its culture but also as a great city for shopping, it has many big brands such as Gucci and Rolex in combination with many small shopping alleys filled with nice and interesting shops makes this city a shopping paradise. Florence is well known because of its leather shoes, bags and jackets. In the historical centre of Florence you will find many restaurants and of course many ice-cream cafe’s.
There is always something going on in Florence, from large exhibitions to concerts and special events. Every third weekend of the month (except in July) a large antique market is held at Fortezza da basso. The last weekend of May all wine cellars in the city open a nice tradition to experience and of course to score a nice wine.