Florence
Florence

“Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.” Henry James

Attracting millions of visitors each year, Tuscany's capital Florence, is one of the most visited cities in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, the Italian city is known as the cradle of the Renaissance, the residence of t...

“Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.” Henry James

Attracting millions of visitors each year, Tuscany's capital Florence, is one of the most visited cities in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, the Italian city is known as the cradle of the Renaissance, the residence of the Medici family, famous for its architecture, culture and history. The layout and structure of Florence was designed as an army camp in the Roman era, but the majority of the city was built during the Renaissance. Its well-known bridge Ponte Vecchio, carries the elevated Vasari Corridor, connecting the famous Uffizi Gallery and the Old Palace to the world-renowned museum complex and former Medici residence, Palazzo Pitti. The palace is home to several galleries, including the Modern Art Gallery, the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Museum, the Carriage Museum and the Costume Gallery displaying famous frescoes, paintings, sculptures, jewelries, porcelains and other luxurious items. Its famous garden and outdoor museum, the Boboli Gardens behind the palace, is one of the first and largest royal European gardens planned in 1550, offering a collection of 16th to 18th century sculptures with an exceptional view of the city. Florence has numerous other famous historical landmarks as well, including the Bargello National Museum, the San Marco Museum, the Accademia Gallery, the Chiesa di Santa Monica, and the Romanesque fortress-palace, town hall and art museum Palazzo Vecchio, on Piazza della Signoria, a historical site of world-famous statues.

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