Florence is a stunning old city that some have likened to a giant, open air museum – and for good reason! Its history and culture are evident at every turn. There’s no way you can take in all the goodness of the historical districts in a mere matter of days, so hit up the Florence apartments directory and settle in for a relaxing week touring the districts of this grand old city.
The Duomo district is home to many of the top landmarks in the capital city of Tuscany, thus it is a pretty popular spot for tourists from all around the world. The Duomo cathedral is a stunning part of the Florence skyline, and the Piazza on the south side of the cathedral draws flocks of sightseers. Ancient churches and chapels throughout the district display the very best works by Michelangelo, Donatello and Ghiberti, among other famous artist who fell in love with this beautiful city. Stop by the Mercato Centrale to pick up some fresh fruits and meats before heading home.
From the Duomo, you can stroll down Via Ricasoli to the Piazza de San Marco. Every guest will want to pay a visit to the magnificent Accademia Galleria where Michelangelo’s famous statue of David is housed. From there, you should head over to the 14th century Convento di San Marco, which boasts a gorgeous sampling of paintings by early Renaissance artist Fra Angelico. The Spedale degli Innocenti (Massacre of the Innocents) was constructed in 1444 and is renowned as Europe’s first orphanage, while the Museo Archeologo a short distance away boasts a remarkable collection of Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and Etruscan artifacts, among many others.
This district is considered the most cultural center of Florence, and can be distinguished by its three tall medieval towers. While you’re there, stop in at the Bargello Sculpture Museum to take in works by such artistic giants as Michelangelo, Donatello and Giambologna. Next, drop by the Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s premiere art gallery and home to a stunning collection by Italy’s great artists. Before you head on to your next stop, toss a coin in the fountain of the Fontana del Nettuno for luck.
Just south of the River Arno lies the beautiful Oltrarno district. If you stop nowhere else, make sure you visit the amazing Forte di Belvedere, which dates back to the late 16th century and provides stunning views of the city of Florence. Next, take a stroll through the Boboli Gardens, which boast 11 acres of formal 16th century Italian gardens and a collection of gorgeous sculptures and Roman antiquities.
This district is home to the famous Piazzale Michelangelo, a square dedicated to the world’s famous Italian artist that offers second to none panoramic views of the city. While you’re there, take a walk through the lovely flower gardens and the rose garden near the known Piazzale. Finally, make sure you pay a visit to San Minato al Monte, which stands at the top of one the highest points in the city.