The maximum number of World Heritage sites can be seen in Italy, and people from around the world wish to visit. Italian monuments have stood the test of time, and still manage to captivate and enthrall people of all ages groups.
Florence, which is the birthplace of Italian Renaissance, attracts a huge number of tourists every year. UNESCO declared the Historic Center of Florence as a World Heritage Site. Renaissance Art can be seen in the architecture of the monuments in Florence. Art Galleries like Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi, wield considerable influence in the field of Art and culture even today.
The following are the famous monuments located in Florence.
Built by Arnolfo di Cambio, Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most significant monuments in Florence. In 1300, this monument became synonymous with the Florentine Republic and today is the seat of Municipality of Florence.
A guide is recommended for a visit to this palace, who can take you through the rooms, secret passages, and corridors where the Medici Family once lived.
The Cathedral (Duomo)
Santa Maria del Fiore, to whom this Cathedral is dedicated to was also designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. He was considered to be the most celebrated architect of his times. It had a Gothic architecture and covered in colored marble.
Many sculptures can be found in the Museum ‘Opera del Duomo’ The beautiful stained-glass windows and wooden inlays on the Sacristy cupboards designed by great artists such as Antonio Del Pollaiolo, Brunelleschi, etc., can still be seen in the Cathedral.
The Cupola- This surprisingly modern dome can be seen distinctively against the Florentine Skyline. The Cupola was built by Filippo Brunelleschi, who started its construction in 1420. Brunelleschi used his knowledge of Roman architecture and developed a unique technique, which he used in the construction of this monument.
The ceiling of the Cupola has the painting of the Last Judgement, which was painted by Giorgio Vasari and later completed by Federico Zuccari.
Luca Pitti got this magnificent palace built to flaunt in front of the Family of Medici, but the palace fell into the hands of the Family of Medici when misfortune struck the Pitti family. Palazzo Pitti became the Medici family residence and was enlarged by Bartolomeo Ammannati, who also designed its famous Boboli Gardens. Today the Pitti Palace holds some famous Florentine Museums and Art Galleries.
Basilica of San Lorenzo
The Basilica was designed and built in Roman style by Brunelleschi. On the left side of the Basilica there is the Laurentian Library which holds the Medici family collection of the books and manuscripts. The library was designed by Michelangelo.
The Cappelle Medicee- This Church belonged to the Medici Family and later became their mausoleum.
San Miniato Al Monte
This is another beautiful church in Tuscan and Roman styles.
Florence never fails to amaze tourists who throng the place the year around. It is also considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world. Florence Engagements and weddings are very popular with couples in love.