Travel post #5 | Planning the days for Florence

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OMG guys in just 18days I will be in FLORENCE 🙂 Yassss 🙂

Florence can very well be considered one of the art and cultural centres of the world. So before my first visit to Florence, I started searching and browsing around the internet to see what Florence has to offer to be sure to make the best out of the full six days and pretty much the week in the city is filled to the brim with all the museums, galleries, restaurant, gardens and old shops it has to offer. To be all honest this is fairly overwhelming to say the as you know once there once wants to make sure to see everything , so rather than fill myself with stressful thoughts because I am picturing myself and the boys frantically darting around trying to see everything, I sat down and started jotting down some notes so hopefully once we arrived in Florence we will have at least a well–planned trip.

For the to-do list I started first with the highlights in order not miss anything truly important, right? While everyone’s list of “must-see” sights in Florence contains the really big-deal attractions, those lists are also going to have as many differences as they do similarities. So even though I’m delivering my Top 10 Things to Do in Florence below, however it is obviously up to you especially if you have already been to Florence before you can tailor list to suit your own needs.

As a rule of thumb, like we did for Rome we opted for the Fireneze Card, which allows you to enter in as many museums as you wish.  If I am not mistaken there are a total of 75 to see excluding the Gucci one (which you know I have to go and see and be mesmerised).  The card is open for 72hrs (3 days from time you first use it when you first enter any museum).

So let’s get creating this list of the top 10 things I want to do in Florence and in all honesty I have working on this post for months now and I kinda knew that it was going to be so hard to compile, but I had no idea how hard. Florence is a city that isn’t easily condensed into a short to-do lists. I could probably change this list in a few different ways and be as content with it as I am now – so if your top 10 list looks different than mine, I just might agree with yours, too.

1. Uffizi Gallery
The Galleria degli Uffizi holds the world’s most important collection of Renaissance art. In the museum one can see works from Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Raphael.

2. Accademia Gallery
Florence’s Galleria dell’ Academia, holds Michelangelo’s David, easily the most famous sculpture in the world.

3. Boboli Garden
Situated on the other side of the Arno River, you will find Giardino di Boboli, a beautiful and sprawling English style garden on a hillside behind the Pitti Palace. It is a lovely place to slow down and enjoy the greener side of Florence.

4. Palazzo Pitti
Palazzo Pitti, is Florence’s largest palazzo, once owned by the Medici family. It has 8 different galleries in the palace.

5. Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria, is the historic and political center of the city, just off of the River Arno and next to the Uffizi Gallery. Here, you will find statues including the Fountain of Neptune and a replica of the Statue of David.

6. La Basilica di Santa Croce
Protected by an imposing statue of Dante, it sits with its beautiful facade in front of a modest piazza. The Santa Croce was built for the common citizens of Florence, just a 15-minute walk from the much more grand Duomo.

Florence keeps the empty tomb of Dante in hopes that one day it shall be filled with his decayed remains. They are currently housed in the city of Ravenna, his final resting place, after being exiled from Florence.

7. Piazzale Michelangelo
I heard that this is a must to see the sun setting over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo! The most famous view overlooking the city and has been reproduced on countless postcards and photographs. You will also find a bronze replica of David that is thought to be safeguarding the city.

8. The Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio was Florence’s first bridge to cross the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days. Lined with shops selling gold and silver jewelery, you’ll have a great view of the city along the Arno River.

This bridge is a true landmark of the city of Florence. At night, it can be quite romantic to take in a local musician busking at the center of the bridge, while gazing upon the city lighting up the river.

9. The Bargello
The Bargello is the national sculpture museum, located in Florence. The castle-like building was built in 1255–1350 as the original seat of government. It contains the greatest collection of Renaissance sculpture in Florence and is one of the best collections in Italy. What you must see here is the huge room filled with Donatello’s masterpieces.

10. Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence and it is one of the most visited places in Europe.  The square contains the Florence Cathedral with the Cupola del Brunelleschi, the Giotto’s Campanile, the Florence Baptistery, the Loggia del Bigallo, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Arcivescovile and Canonici’s palace.

Any of you guys been to Florence and wants to share some awesome places you visited please make sure to let me know in comments.  I would love to hear about the places you have been too 🙂

Until next time,

XOXO

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