Tour Florence in a Day
By Ana Torres |
Fall in love with one of the most beautiful cities of northern Italy: Florence!
FLORENCE, A CHARMING CITY IN ITALY
Italy is much more than the Coliseum! The cultural wealth this country has is so impressive that, according to local tour guides, you’d need more than 900 days to be able to visit everything it offers. Italy is one of DINKtravelers’ favorite destinations, because apart from being the country with the greatest number of cultural heritage sites listed by UNESCO, it has one of the most exquisite and nutritious cuisines in Europe. Try its salads with extra virgin olive oil dressing paired with a glass of limoncello!
This time our compass takes us to the third most visited city in Italy, after Rome, its capital, and after the archipelago of Venice; we’re talking about the city that has the fleur de lis as its emblem. Do you know which place we refer to? Of course, it’s Florence.
WHAT TO SEE IN FLORENCE
If you visit this city, we suggest staying near Duomo Square, because from there you’ll get the chance to make a tour on foot that will take you to beautiful architectural treasures that characterize this small city. Begin your route at Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica and make sure you have enough space in your camera’s memory card because you won’t get tired of capturing its majestic dome, designed by Brunelleschi; St. John’s Baptistery –a fine example of Florentine Romanesque–; and the bell tower with its paintings by Giotto.
After entrancing your sense of sight with this beauty, head to Piazza della Signoria, known for its Fountain of Neptune and a meeting point for locals nowadays. There you can visit the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) and then take a selfie with the famous replica of Michael Angelo’s David, located just outside this building.
The cultural adventure doesn’t end there, because nearby you’ll find the Uffizi Gallery, where you’ll get to admire works by Botticelli, Michael Angelo and, of course, Leonardo da Vinci, who was born in this city in 1452.
If you want to continue your trip with good fortune, head to the Loggia del Porcellino and look for the statue of the wild boar. They say that whoever rubs it will have their wishes come true.
OPERA IN FLORENCE
At the end of the day, enjoy a breathtaking sunset at Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). In the ariaOh mio Babbino caro! By Giacomo Puccini they mention this bridge as the place where a tragic love story took place. We recommend listening to this melody sung by María Callas while watching the sun setting in the horizon behind the Arno River.
Enjoy Florence and share the best memories of your experience with us!