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The capital of Tuscany, Florence,or “Firenze” in Italian, is the most populous and visited city in Tuscany. Florence attracts travelers from all over world and is one of the top destinations in Tuscany, and in Italy as well. Those exploring Tuscany can make Florence one stop between surrounding Pisa, Lucca, Chianti, and Siena.
Referenced to as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is well known for its history, culture and impressive architecture. A city so remarkable, Florence has even been included as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Magnificent cathedrals and rich museums attract tourists to this bustling city. Some of the top attractions in Florence include the museums Galleria degli Uffizi and Galleria dell’Academia, as well as the intricate and breathtaking Duomo.
Due to the impressive collection of Renaissance art that it houses, the Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the top museums in Florence. With over 150 rooms, and 1,500 pieces, visitors may advantage from mapping and planning their visit in advance. By booking tickets in advance one can avoid long lines, and by predetermining which pieces to see, visitors can avoid being lost in the commotion. For a break from the bustle of this Florence museum and for a fantastic view of Piazza della Signoria make your way to the roof-top café for a light snack and refreshing drink.
Another top attraction in Florence, and one of the most famous museums in Italy, is the Galleria dell’Academia. As home to Michaelangelo’s statue, David, and other impressive pieces Michaelangelo’s art, such as Prigioni and San Matteo, Galleria dell’Academia remains a high priority to travelers in Florence.
Last but not least is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, better known simply as the Duomo. You cannot travel to Florence without visiting the Duomo, and the long lines wrapped around the church prove that fact. The Duomo is one of the largest cathedrals in Italy. Originally designed in Gothic style by Arnolfo di Cambio, Fillipo Brunelleschi later completed the Duomo in 1436. In the Piazza del Duomo you will find some of noteworthy attractions of Florence, Giotto’s Campanile and the Florence Baptistery.
Although there are many attractions within Florence, visitors to Florence also enjoy taking a trip to the nearby wineries in Chianti. As one of the top wine regions in Italy, Chianti attracts many visitors who come to enjoy the scenery, food, and, of course, the Chianti. Most wineries in Chianti offer tours and many have accommodations available as well. A trip to Chianti is an excellent excursion while in Florence, or as a stop on your Tuscany tour.
While in Florence, travelers have full access to explore and travel around the surrounding cities in magnificent Tuscany. An endless dream of possibilities, Florence is the ideal stop in Italy for any traveler. With bountiful history, museums, and architecturally beautiful monuments, like the Duomo, it is no wonder Florence is one of the top destinations in Italy.