Florence - FURTHER INFORMATION
Florence - Florence visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Florence' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Tuscany.
Florence (Firenze) is the most visited destination in Tuscany, receiving about 10 million tourists each year. Built on the banks of the River Arno, Florence is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, becoming one of the most powerful cities in Europe during the Middle Ages and, between 1865 to 1870, the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic center of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 and is classed among one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A roll call of notable citizens includes many of the most influential people of Europe in their time.
This Florence map shows some of the sights and attractions in the city. Here you will find 360° panoramas linked to the map of Florence showing the places of interest. Each is accompanied by local and travel information providing a growing virtual tour of the city.
Florence - AttractionsFlorence has too many important historical sites, museums and works of art to list completely. It is hard to walk through the center of the city without coming across a major work of importance or notable historical building on the way. Among the top attractions in Florence are:
- Cathedral (Duomo) - with Neo-Gothic, stunning marble floor and Brunelleschi's Dome with viewing area at the top.
- Campanile (Tower) - 85m tall tower next to cathedral clad in white, green and pink Tuscan marble.
- - oldest building in Florence, octagonal in shape with stunning 13th century mosaic ceiling.
- Bargello - town hall built in 1255 housing many important works of art.
- Santa Croce Church - Gothic church with the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo. Also contains Cimabue's 13th century Crucifixion masterpiece.
- Piazza della Signoria - most important city square containing Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture, Cellini's bronze 'Perseus', the Neptune fountain and other major statues.
- Pallazo Veccio - finely decorated palace with museum, paintings and frescos.
- Uffizi - 16th century offices for Duke Cosimo I, now the oldest art gallery on earth with works like the Venus of Uribo (1538), Birth of Venus (1485) and countless others. Lan Lorenzo Church - 15th century parish church of the Medici family with highly decorated family tombs.
- San Marco Convent - founded in the 13th century now a major art gallery and museum.
- Piazza della Republica - largest square in Florence and popular meeting place.
- Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) - oldest bridge in Florence with workshops built on it.
- Santa Trinita Church - 11th century church built for the Vallombrosan monastic order. Santa Maria Novella Church - Gothic 13th century church containing some of the most important works of art in Florence.
- Palazzo Pitti - 15th century palace built for the banker Luca Pitti, then brought by the Medici family and containing many of their collected works of art.
- Boboli Gardens - 16th century formal gardens and park laid out for the Medici family.
- Branacci Chapel - famous for the 'Life of St Peter' frescoes.
- Piazzale Michelangelo - on a hill south of the center of Florence with good views over the city and a bronze of Michelangelo's David. San Miniato al Monte Church - 11th century Romanesque church with Byzantine mosaic in the apse and crypt.
- Numerous other churches with various works of art.
- Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence - with the synagogue founded in 1882 and the museum containing many Jewish artefacts from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Florence - Travel Tips
- Staying in Florence apartments instead of a hotel can give you greater freedom and luxury when visiting Florence.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) and Ataf-Sita 'Vola in Bus' (Fly by bus) service. Low cost airlines to Pisa and then rail or bus to Florence.
Train: Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Firenze Campo Marte and Firenze Rifredi with many fast Eurostar trains to other major Italian cities.