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1. The cathedral
Our tour begins in the Piazza del Duomo, the heart of Florence. The magnificent Cathedral (L), or the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is situated here, with the famous dome by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery (L) with the bronze Porta del Paradiso and the Giotto bell tower, from which you can enjoy an incredible view of the city. If you have enough time, it is worth visiting them all, otherwise you may choose to visit the interior of the Cathedral and the Dome, limiting yourselves to viewing the other monuments from the outside.
2. Piazza della Signoria
Continuing towards via Calzaiuoli, you arrive at the beautiful Piazza della Signoria (L), for centuries the centre of political life in Florence. Here the imposing Palazzo Vecchio is located (L), current seat of the city municipality and museum. To the right of the Palazzo Vecchio (L) you can admire the charming Loggia dei Lanzi, where a number of famous statues are located, such as Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini. The Fontana del Nettuno by Ammannati and the Giambologna equestrian statue by Cosimo I are located in the Piazza della Signoria. Along the way, in via Calzaiuoli, you will recognise the Chiesa di Orsanimichele (L), from its particular architectural structure and the statues adorning its façade, works by great artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio.
3. The Galleria degli Uffizi
A short distance from the Palazzo Vecchio you will find the Galleria degli Uffizi (L VF), one of the most visited and popular Italian museums, famous for its extensive collection of Renaissance works such as the Allegoria della Primavera and the Nascita di Venere by Botticelli, to mention only two of the most famous masterpieces. If you intend visiting the Uffizi, particularly if your time is limited, you should definitely purchase entrance tickets (L) to the museum in advance, allowing you to avoid wasting precious time in the long queues at the museum entrance. Consider spending at least 2 hours in the Galleria degli Uffizi: you can read the itinerary for a short visit here (L). The Ponte Vecchio is one of the landmarks of Florence, halfway between the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Palazzo Vecchio (linked by the magnificent Corridoio Vasariano which passes directly above the heads of tourists looking over the bridge).
4. Ponte Vecchio
Crossing the Ponte Vecchio, while admiring the spectacular jewellers display windows, you arrive at the Oltrarno quarter and the first attraction is the Palazzo Pitti (L), where there are several museums, including the Galleria Palatina, the Galleria dell’Arte Moderna and the Giardino di Boboli. Visiting the museums takes a while and time permitting, we suggest you also visit the gardens.
5. The Palazzo Pitti and the Giardino di Boboli
If the Boboli gardens have not tired you out too much, head to the nearby Piazza Santo Spirito and the Santo Spirito Church. Built by Brunelleschi, the Church overlooks the piazza with the same name, noted for its yellow façade, yet inside it conceals priceless treasures. Around the piazza there are a number of restaurants and coffee bars where you can sample excellent Tuscan cuisine and wines and enjoy a little relaxation after an intense first day in Florence.
6. Santo Spirito
The second day of our tour begins in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, recently renovated, which overlooks one of the most beautiful churches in Florence: the Chiesa di Santa Maria Novella (L). The façade of the church is in green and white marble and was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, while the beautiful Cappella Tornabuoni (not to be missed!) was frescoed by Ghirlandaio.
7. Santa Maria Novella
The Piazza Santa Maria Novella, recently renovated, which overlooks one of the most beautiful churches in Florence: the Chiesa di Santa Maria Novella (L). The façade of the church is in green and white marble and was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, while the beautiful Cappella Tornabuoni (not to be missed!) was frescoed by Ghirlandaio.
8. San Lorenzo
In the Piazza San Lorenzo, if you wish, you can make a brief visit to the Chiesa di San Lorenzo (L) or the majestic Cappelle Medicee (L), where members of the Medici family were buried and where you will find a beautiful marble statue by Michelangelo, located in the Nuova Sacrestia.
9. Santa Croce
Returning to the Cathedral, head towards the Piazza Santa Croce. Here you can visit the magnificent Chiesa di Santa Croce (L), where a number of famous figures of Florence and Tuscany are buried, including Michelangelo and Galileo.
10. The Galleria dell'Accademia
The Galleria dell'Accademia is one of the most popular and visited museums. The original marble statue of David by Michelangelo was placed here. A copy of the work is located in front of the Palazzo Vecchio and yet another in the Piazzale Michelangelo.
11. The best view of Florence
If you want to enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the city at sunset, head to the Piazzale Michelangelo (L), located on the first hill after the area of Oltrarno. From here you can view from a distance, the places you have visited during your two days in the historic centre of Florence. If time is available, you can always take in more by visiting the sites mentioned in this itinerary which offers an overview of the 10 main attractions of Florence. There is so much to see in the city, we hope that these tips can help you to plan your visit to Florence
Siena is without doubt another wonderful city in Tuscany. Famous for its thrilling Palio which takes place twice a year. Siena offers many attractions to see. Here are our suggestions for spending a day in Siena and for visiting the most beautiful and evocative places. First on the list is the Piazza del Campo, where in fact the Palio takes place, with its unusual shell-shape and where many a number of stately and important buildings are located. These include the magnificent Palazzo Comunale, in red brick and white marble, where the Civic Museum is also situated. It houses many masterpieces by Sienese artists, including the beautiful Maestà by Simone Martini and il Buono e Cattivo Governo by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Next to the Palace stands the majestic Torre del Mangia, one of the highest towers in Italy and from the top, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city and the Sienna countryside. At the other end of the square, the monumental Fonte Gaia by Jacopo della Quercia, can be found. The city's skyline is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral of Siena, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. The sumptuous interior in a Romanesque-Gothic style features a beautiful floor made of marble depicting 56 different scenes. Inside there are important works of art, including the beautiful pulpit by Nicola Pisan, with its unusual octagonal shape. From the left nave, you can also admire the fascinating Libreria Piccolomini with frescoes by Pinturicchio. Near the Cathedral is the great Baptistery with a large hexagonal shaped baptismal font, finished by famous artists including Donatello. There is also the imposing architecture of the Chiesa Cateriniana di San Domenico, which houses the Sacra Testa, the venerated relic of St. Catherine of Siena, the museum Complesso of Santa Maria della Scala, which brings together the ancient and modern city with great works of art. Among the museums to visit in Siena is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo which exhibits the Maestà by Duccio, a unique masterpiece in the history of art, the Pinacoteca Nazionale which houses works by Simone Martini, Duccio di Buoninsegna and other important Sienese artists. Walking through the streets of Siena is particularly pleasant and evocative. Each quarter represents an area of the Palio, whose coat of arms is often hung on the windows and doors of the houses and shops. The passion for the Palio in Siena is felt throughout the year and in every place. Indeed, if possible, it is worth visiting the museum of a particular area in order to understand its character.
Arezzo is a beautiful city in Tuscany. Among the richest in the region, it stands proudly on a hill at the intersection between four valleys. Situated along the Via Cassia, it has always played an important and influential role in the history of Tuscany. There are many monuments, churches and museums to visit in Arezzo. Here are some tips and advice on what to see in this beautiful city. The main attraction of the town is undoubtedly the Basilica di San Francesco, located in the city centre. The famous Cappella Bacci inside the Basilica houses the wonderful Leggenda della Vera Croce series of frescoes, a masterpiece of Renaissance painting by Piero della Francesca. Continuing along Corso Italia, you arrive at the Pieve di Santa Maria, characterised by an interesting Romanesque façade with colonnade. Housed inside are a polyptych by Pietro Lorenzetti from 1320, the Madonna and Saints and a wooden cross by Margarito from the thirteenth century. On the ancient façade you can admire the stunning medieval series depicting the twelve months. The next attraction is the Piazza Grande, flanked on one side by the Loggia del Vasari and by the Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici with the Madonna della Misericordia by Bernardo Rossellini in a lunette on the façade. The piazza is famous for being the set of the film "Life is Beautiful", by Roberto Benigni. In the upper part of the city, the majestic Duomo di Arezzo is found, dedicated to San Donato. Built on an early Christian church, the cathedral is famous for its beautiful stained glass windows. The seven windows, a masterpiece of glass, were created in the sixth century by the French master, Guillaume de Marcillat. Inside there is also a small fresco by Piero della Francesca portraying Magdalene and a number of terraccottas by Andrea della Robbia. Also worth a visit is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo which houses three wooden crucifixes from the twelfth or thirteenth century, the Annunciation by Rossellino and a number of paintings by Vasari. Other works by Vasari are preserved in the Casa Vasari, which he built in 1540. His other works can be seen at the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, also famous for its wonderful collection of majolica. Arezzo has much more to offer which would be quite difficult to absorb in just the one day. These are obviously just a few tips for a day touring Arezzo.