About Florence

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The Piazza Santa Trinita was once an isolated area outside of the city walls, but came to the forefront in 1175 after the founding of the church and convent of Vallombrosa. It has been named after the church of Santa Trinita which stands on the west side of the square. Standing in the middle of the square is an ancient Roman column known as the Column of Justice due to the sculpture of “Justice” on the top. This massive granite column from the east section of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome was the gift of Pope Pius IV in … Continue reading

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The Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence is a massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace overlooking the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo’s David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi. Above the front entrance door, there is a notable ornamental marble frontispiece, dating from 1528. In the middle, flanked by two gilded lions, is the Monogram of Christ. A replica of Michelangelo’s David stands at the entrance flanked by Baccio Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus. The first courtyard was designed in 1453 by Michelozzo. The second courtyard, also called “The Customs”, contains the … Continue reading

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The Giotto Campanile also known as the Giotto bell tower is part of the Piazza del Duomo complex, and serves as a bell tower tot eh complex’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Its construction was initiated by Giotto but was finished by Andrea Pisano and later Francesco Talenti. The tower is a sight to behold with its richly carved sculptures, polychrome marble adornments and further such embellishments. It has a Gothic structure and attracts a large number of tourists. However most of its original statues are not present here. They’ve been replaced by copies, while the originals are preserved … Continue reading

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Among the best tourist attractions in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio, or old bridge, which happens to be the oldest bridge crossing the Arno River. The bridge survived the World War II and it was reconstructed in 1345 after a flood and shops were added. Initially, the shops on both sides of the bridge were favored by butchers and tanners but later the shops were used to sell gold and silver and the place still holds fame as a top selling point for jewelry as well as tourist souvenirs. The Ponte Vecchio spans the Arno River from Via Por Santa … Continue reading

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Florence is a green city which offers many spots for people to step in and relax in the lap of nature, take a stroll around or enjoy with outdoor activities. Florence has parks ranging from large ones like the Cascine, to tiny ‘pocket parks’ in the neighbourhoods. Here is a list of some of the best known parks of Florence; Boboli Gardens and Bardini Gardens Boboli gardens stand at Piazza Pitti and is closed every first and fourth Monday of the month. The Entrance fee is €6 which includes admission to the Bardini Gardens. Bardini Gardens are a favourite of … Continue reading

In and around Florence