Duomo, Bell Tower, Baptistery and the Dome of Florence
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly known as the Duomo of Florence, is the symbol of the Tuscan capital.
Started in 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio, its construction has been interrupted and taken over several times by famous artists from all over the world, such as Giotto, Francesco Talenti, Giovanni of Lapo Ghini, Brunelleschi and many others.
The complex consists of Duomo, Campanile (Bell Tower), Baptistery and Dome which were finished in 1436.
The Brunelleschi Dome still remains the largest masonry dome ever built, with a height of 34 meters and a diameter of over 45 meters. The whole structure is roughly 117 meters high and is the tallest building in Florence.
The Ponte Vecchio in Florence
The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence, was reconstructed many times and is definitely one of the symbols of Florence. Its current shape was designed in 1345.
On the side of the Ponte Vecchio is the Corridor of Vasari, built in 1565 and over one kilometer long, connecting Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti, a private residence of the Medici at the time.
At the sides of the bridge there are two rows of jewelry ateliers in the closed porticoes: they offer an incredible sight thanks to the glittering of their jewels; In the middle of the bridge there are two amazing panoramic terraces.
It is even said that Hitler gave the order to save this bridge in the bombing of Florence just because of its beauty and uniqueness.
Old Palace in Florence
The Palazzo Vecchio dates 1314 and can be found in Piazza della Signoria in Florence: it’s the city’s town hall, and from 1865 to 1871 the headquarter of the Italian parliament.
To palace is made even more beautiful by the Tower of Arnolfo, 94 meters, with the flag of the Florentine Giglio on its peak.
In Palazzo Vecchio we find the Salone dei Cinquecento, one of the largest and most precious Italian salons, built in 1494 by Simone del Pollaiolo and later expanded by Vasari.
Between the first and the second floor there is path with extraordinary works of art, and always on the first floor are the "Monumental Quarters", open to the public and decorated with Renaissance frescoes.
The Uffizi Museum
The Uffizi Museum is the richest Renaissance museum in Italy, showcasing works of inestimable value.
It is divided into different areas:
The Salone delle Majestà, where we find the “Madonna on the Throne with the Child” by Cimabue, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Giotto.
Botticelli Halls, where we find the "Spring" and "The Birth of Venus".
We also find the room of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Titian, Caravaggio and of the Rosso Fiorentino, as well as many others.