Travel and Culture in Tuscany
The central old part of Firenze is formed by Piazza del Duomo
Describing Firenze from the artistic point of view in a complete way is really a great achievment, because of the extent of its wealth, which represents a treasure not only for Italy, but for the whole world. What we would like to do is to give at least a general picture of its wonders.
The central old part of Firenze is formed by Piazza del Duomo, the church St Maria del Fiore, with its famous dome by Brunelleschi, and the Campanile (bell tower) by Giotto, which is 85 m high. This square (Piazza) contains the Battistero, with its famous bronze doors and the Museum of the Opera del Duomo, where you can find some peaces belonging to the Dome, but that have been removed from the exterior throughout the years.
Then you meet Palazzo della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, whose original role was that of town hall, then you find the David statue by Michelangelo and the Uffizi art gallery, with all its precious works of art.
On the East side of the town stands the Gothic basilica of Santa Croce and, on the West side, Santa Maria Novella, with its front rebuilt by Leon Battista Alberti.
If you cross the Arno you reach the Santo Spirito church and Palazzo Pitti, which was the old seat of the Medicis.
Very important are also the church Santa Maria del Carmine, with the frescoes of the Cappella Brancacci, the Spedale degli Innocenti by Brunelleschi, then Palazzo Strozzi and Palazzo Ruccellai, with their architectures of great value.
We recommend you to visit the Bargello museum and the collection of Palazzo Pitti, besides the already mentioned museums Uffizi and Opera del Duomo.