10 Top Things to Do in Florence, Italy
Florence was mentioned by the Telegraph among top 12 cities in Italy worth a visit, together with Rome, Milan and Venice. Every year around 16 mln tourists travel to Florence every year. What are travelers looking for? Well, let’s name just a few reasons.
Florence boasts of being cradle to Renaissance art and architecture with artworks of such big names as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Botticelli found in galleries, museums and churches in the city. Nevertheless, the cultural heritage goes far beyond the classical art and opera, in Florence tourists can also indulge in vibrant nightlife and contemporary art. Coming to Florence, make sure you have more than one day for this city. You might also want to check out local spots where you can taste the genuine Florentine steak and different sorts of gelato created in family-owned shops.
1. Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Gallery houses the world’s greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art. The museum was founded in 1581 under the request of Granduca Francisco de’ Medici, and planned as judiciary and administrative offices. Open to public since 1765 Uffizi Gallery has been home to such world famous masterpieces as Venus de’ Medici, The Birth of Venus by Boticcelli, Bacchus by Caravaggio, Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael, and many more. Make sure you walk in the Vasari Corridor, which allows you to get from Uffizi Gallery to the Palazzo Pizzi on the other side of the river.
During high season, from May until September, it gets hard to buy museum tickets and stand in long lines, so it’s good practice to book museum tickets both for Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia in advance.
Opening hours: the Uffizi is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15 am till 6:50 pm. It’s closed on Mondays.
Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze, Italy.
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