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Here are some articles that you might find useful during your stay in Florence. Feel free to also ask your guides about any of the attractions of Florence during your tour.

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> December, 2020 10 Things to do in Florence
 

Florence is full of stunning places to visit, so we have chosen for you a mix of tourist and less tourist things to see and do in Florence.

Are you visiting Florence right now? Or are you planning to do it soon? Well whatever the case, this is the perfect list for you if you don’t want to miss the 10 things to do in Florence.

 

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> November, 2020 The Church of Santa Maria Novella
 

Considered the first great basilica in Florence, the Church of Santa Maria Novella is also the principal Dominican’s basilica (while the Basilica of the Holy Cross is the Franciscan one).

Located in the namesake square, the Church of Santa Maria Novella contains beautiful frescoes from Gothic and Early Renaissance, financed by the most important Florentine families.

 

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> October, 2020 The Bardini Garden magical silence and stunning architectures
 

Florence is well known especially for its historic past, outstanding art collections and beautiful architecture but behind this façade there is another Florence, there is the Florence of the gardens and parks.

The most famous are for sure the Boboli Garden and the Botanical Garden in the city center, but far away from the crowds there is the Bardini Garden, surrounded by a magical silence and stunning architectures.

 

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> September, 2020

The Basilica of the Holy Cross, a franciscan masterpiece in Florence

 

The Basilica of the Holy Cross (Basilica di Santa Croce) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence and the largest Franciscan church in the world, situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce (about 800 meters from the Duomo).

Inside the of the Holy Cross are buried some of the most illustrious Italians: Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the composer Rossini… and for this reason it is known also as the “Temple of the Italian Glories”.

 

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> August, 2020

The Church of Orsanmichele, an ancient grain market

 

Located on the Via Calzaiuoli, the church of Orsanmichele takes its name from the contraction in Tuscan dialect of the word “Orsanmichele”, which literally means “Kitchen Garden of St. Michael”, and it comes from the fact that it was built in the same place of the kitchen garden that belonged to the ancient monastery of St. Michael, which no longer exist.

According to some sources, in Roman times here there was a building consecrated to the worship of Isis.

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> July, 2020

The Galleria dell’Accademia, David’s Museum

 

Located nearby the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence (Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze), the Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the most important Florentine and Italian art museums; despite the name it isn’t related (today) with the Academy of Fine Arts.

Compared to the Uffizi, the main art museum in Florence, the Galleria dell’Accademia is smaller and more specialized, having a large collection – mostly from the 14th to the 17th century – of paintings made by Florentine artists. It contains 7 Michelangelo’s sculptures.

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> June, 2020 The Basilica of the Holy Trinity, a variety of  styles over the centuries
 

The Basilica of the Holy Trinity (Basilica di Santa Trinita) is located in front of the Piazza Santa Trinita and traversed by the very famous Via de’ Tornabuoni, well-known for hosting the most important high fashion boutiques.

The Basilica of the Holy Trinity is also the mother church of the religious order of the Vallumbrosan, founded by a Florentine nobleman in 1092.

 

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> May, 2020 The Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria
 

The name “Piazza della Signoria” comes from the Florence’s town hall, the Old Palace, that was previously called “Palazzo della Signoria”. Piazza della Signoria has been and still is the political focus of the city, visited by million tourists (and Florentines!) every year.

Piazza della Signoria was already a central square when Florence was a Roman town called Florentia. At that time it was surrounded by Roman baths and a theater, later they built there a church consecrated to San Romolo....

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> April, 2020 The Old Palace, the town hall of Florence
 

At its origins the Old Palace was called “Palazzo della Signoria” due to the name of the ruling body of the Republic of Florence, the Signoria of Florence.

Over the centuries it was also given several other names such as: Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo del Popolo or Palazzo dei Priori. The name Old Palace was acquired when the Medici’s duke residence was moved to Palazzo Pitti.

 

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> March, 2020 The fascinating Old Bridge, crossing past and present in Florence
 

The Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio), is a medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno River in Florence. This bridge is famous for still having shops built along it, as it happened in the past.

At its origins the shops were occupied by butchers but the present owners are mostly jewelers and art dealers. The other bridges close to the Old Bridge are the Ponte alle Grazie and the Ponte Santa Trinita.

 

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