Just because of its artistic wealth, is important to plan well in advance your visit of Florence, and choose what to see based on your preferences without forgetting anything.
Beyond personal tastes, among the many highlights of the city, there are two places that every visitor must absolutely include in a tour of Florence: the Cathedral and the Ponte Vecchio.
The view from the dome of the Florence Cathedral is something you will not forget: Santa Maria del Fiore, the actual name of the Church, is a monumental complex with several buildings of great beauty. It could be a good idea to climb the top of the large dome that Brunelleschi built in the 15th century, which soon became one of the great Renaissance masterpieces.
From the top of the dome you can admire a great panoramic view over Florence. Right in front of the aforementioned facade of the Duomo there are the Doors of Paradise of the Baptistery of St. John. Although you will actually see a replica, it is a great artistic gem built in bronze in the fifteenth century by Ghiberti, which took more than 20 years to finish his work.
Palazzo Vecchio, on the other side, is the historic center of the Florence government, built in Piazza Signoria, and is now the seat of the municipal council. A guided tour of this Palace is strongly recommended, as it is definitely the best way to know its history and discover its corners.
Later, this quick tour of Florence will let you discover Ponte Vecchio, which is one of the iconic images of Florence and undoubtedly one of the most visited places for tourists visiting the Tuscan capital.
The walk along the bridge that crosses the Arno River will give you the feeling to relive the medieval past of the city. Romantic and suggestive, it’s better to be here at sunset or in a night with stars.
But you cannot leave Florence without seeing the city from above. Piazzale Michelangelo is the best place to be: this landmark, located on the hillside on the southern shore of the Arno river, will give you the most famous panoramic views of the tuscan capital. Here, you can also see the impressive sculpture of David, by Michelangelo.
Although there are several copies of the Michelangelo’s David spreaded in the city center, head to the Academy Gallery to admire the beauty of the original sculpture.
Better book in advance to avoid queues to enter the museum, or take part to a guided Academy Gallery Tour.
Finally, in Florence you will find the tombs of many people that made the history of Italy, such as Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo and Machiavelli. You can see them inside the church of Santa Croce.
And if you like Italian painting, don’t forget to visit the Uffizi Gallery, even if you need to wait in line for some time: queues can be long, but one you’ve entered the museum you’ll be able to visit the splendid and unique Florentine collection.