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Florence, Italy – Best things to do in a Day

Fabrizio
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The cradle of the Renaissance, timeless, breathtaking, stunning, and culture and art center like no other. This is Florence, a thrilling city that will make your heart dance with joy. Former home to the powerful de' Medici dynasty which their political power influenced the course of the city, and Europe's history for centuries. This is the city where great and brilliant artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli worked, and their masterpiece artworks scattered all over the city. There are 72 museums in Florence, and it's on the travel wish list of every art lover in the world.

Many words have been written and said about Florence's beauty, the winsome lanes, the romantic atmosphere, and the city's charm. It is all justified and true, and your travel to this wonderful city will make you fall in love with all it has to offer. This itinerary efficiently maximizes your experience and makes sure you will not miss any must-see, based on the time you have to explore Florence.
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Start your adventure in Florence at Via de' Bardi, an enticing street named after one of the wealthiest families in Florence, the Bardi family. The street, which suffered great damages during the Second World War and was re-built after, is a lovely way to start your journey in Florence and will take you to the magnificent Ponte Vecchio.

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Ponte Vecchio

  Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
The colorful medieval bridge, Ponte Vecchio, is one of Florence's most known landmarks. Ponte Vecchio, which was built during the Middle Ages, is an entrancing arch bridge that connects the banks of the Arno River. The bridge's uniqueness is driven by the fact that as not as most bridges, stores, and shops were built on it.
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Uffizi Gallery

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  Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Florence is an international art center, with 72 museums that contain an exceptional amount of masterpiece artworks. Visiting the Uffizi is an absolute must to anyone who loves art. The Uffizi Gallery dwells in a remarkable building from the 16th century which was designed by the notable Italian artist and architect, Giorgio Vasari.

The Museum contains a stunning collection of paintings and sculptures that begins with the Middle Ages. Including, of course, the Renaissance days which were characterized by an unprecedented amount of masterpiece artworks and artistic creativity. Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Verrocchio, are a few of the fantastic artists that their artworks are exhibited at the Uffizi.
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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  Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral) is the largest church in Europe and the third-largest in the world after San Pietro in Rome and San Paolo in London. The red-brown dome of the cathedral is one of the most iconic images of Florence. The outstanding Roman Catholic cathedral is UNESCO World Heritage Site and is mesmerizing, in and out.
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Piazza del Duomo

  Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral Square, is an embodiment of Florence. Timeless beauty, captivating, popular, with rich history and exceptional architecture. As part of the historic center of Florence, Piazza del Duomo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The square contains some of the most iconic places in the city. First and foremost is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore which its dome is one of Florence's most recognizable symbols. Another landmark you can find at Piazza del Duomo is the Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni). The Baptistery resides in a magnificent antique Romanesque building with an exquisite interior and contains the Tomb of Antipope John XXIII. Also, Piazza del Duomo includes Campanile di Giotto, Giotto’s Bell Tower, a wonderful 85 meters bell tower from the 14th century.
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Accademia Gallery

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  Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Galleria dell'Accademia is another must-visit museum in Florence. It is mostly known for the phenomenal marble statue of David, by Michelangelo.
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From Galleria dell'Accademia, continue at Via Ricasoli, and turn at the lovely Via Cesare Battisti Street and then at Borgo Pinti.

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Move forward at Borgo Pinti, pass through Via dei Pilastri and turn at Via Fiesolana.

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Continue at Lungarno Generale Diaz, until you will reach Piazza Mentana, where you will be able to see the Monument of Piazza Mentana. A statue dedicated to the fallen fighters at the Battle of Mentana. At the little square, you will also find restaurants and it is a good opportunity to eat and relax before you continue to your next point of interest, Ponte alle Grazie.

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Ponte alle Grazie

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  Lungarno delle Grazie, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Ponte alle Grazie is a lovely bridge and a perfect place to end your travel day. The original bridge was built during the 13th century but was destroyed during the Second World War. The new bridge was built after the war and it connects the banks of the Arno river and provides a beautiful view of the river and the city.
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