Florence, a jewel of the Renaissance

It is a destination that makes those who visit it fall in love. In Florence, art and cultural activities are extolled until they reach their maximum expression. It is also the place where the Italian Renaissance was born and its unique architecture reflects it perfectly. Great artists left their mark on different monuments of Florence, so it currently represents a museum in itself.

Three essential stops in Florence

1. The ancient Piazza della Signoria

This square is the most emblematic of Florence and houses the most representative monuments of the city.The Piazza della Signoria is today it is the quintessential symbol of civil power in Florence.

In ancient times, during the Roman Empire, Piazza della Signoria was a hot spring area That disappeared. Its place was taken by the artisans of the city and in the twelfth century the square was rebuilt.

Piazza della Signoria - R. Babakin / Shutterstock.com

The Palazzo Vecchio is the most important building in the square. It stands out for its castle shape and its imposing tower, 94 meters high. Built between 1299 and 1324, at its entrance you can admire two wonderful statues: a replica of the David by Michelangelo and the statue of Hercules and Caco.

Inside, its Cinquecento Hall marvels, with 54 meters in length, 22 meters wide and 17 meters high. It is the largest room in Florence and is still used as a place for official receptions.

Loggia dei Lanzi - Aleks49

Another of the buildings located in the square is the Loggia dei Lanzi or della Signoria, which is almost an open-air museum. Some of the sculptures that can be seen on this site are Perseus with Medusa's head and the Rapture of the Sabines.

Piazza della Signoria also houses the fountain of Neptune, designed by Bartolomeo Ammannati and his different disciples. All a masterpiece!

3. The mythical Uffizi Gallery

This is the most emblematic museum in Florence and one of the most famous in the world for having a collection of paintings and statues dating from the fourteenth century and many others from the Renaissance era. The artists who had the ingenuity to create these works are nothing more and nothing less than Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto, Paolo Uccello, Raffaello, Cimabue, etc.

Ufizzi Gallery - T photography / Shutterstock.com

This gallery opened its doors thanks to the passion for art that the Medici always professed, quintessential collectors of different objects, paintings and sculptures.

Later, the government extended this jewel in Florence and continued the legacy of the Medici dynasty preserving and collecting works that pay homage to the fascinating Italian art and even more, to the Florentine.

As time went by, works of Dutch, German and Flemish origin were added to the gallery's collections. Some of these created by Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Velázquez, which has given greater value to this magnificent stage.

The works that extend along a kilometer of corridor rather narrow and with windows with panoramic views.

«You have to measure each step
without urgency
If you go crazy like me
you will not want to breathe different airs
you will think as your own these voices
here you will dream of being born
And you want to die in this country.When do we return to Florence? »

-Sergio del Molino-

3. Ponte Vecchio, a unique architectural piece

The image of romanticism in Florence has its origin in this picturesque bridge. First built in wood by the Romans, in 1345 it was replaced by a stone one.

Vecchio pot - muratart

The most characteristic of Ponte Vecchio are the houses Hanging on this During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries they were occupied by slaughterers and butchers with their shops, which were later closed by Ferdinand I because of their bad smell. Currently these houses are jewelers and goldsmiths.

This was the only bridge in Florence not to be collapsed by the Nazi militia during World War II. Another unique feature of the Florentine monument (quite modern, by the way) is the locks that are exposed as a symbol of love. Although from time to time the city authorities remove the locks to preserve the safety of the bridge. The best part is staying to admire the sunset.