Inspired by Italy: Guide to Florence & Assisi

Italy, Florence Guide (B): Inspired by Italy: Guide to Florence & Assisi

The historic centre of Florence contains so many masterpieces that it is difficult to separate the city from its art works. In 1982 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the motivation being that it encapsulates the whole history of the city. With its extraordinarily beautiful churches, its museums and art collections, gardens, piazzas, quaint streets and ancient palaces, Florence can justifiably be defined as an “open-air museum” – a work of art in its own right and a must visit when heading to Italy. After spending some time here, I have narrowed down my top 10 recommendations in this quick guide to Florence, with a lovely afternoon spent in Assisi.

The Piazza della Signoria has been the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century with the prominent Palazzo Vecchio overlooking the square. Incredible statues dominate the area, especially in the open air Loggia dei Lanzi, though most are drawn to the reproduction of Michelangelo’s David. I highly recommend spending some time here in the evening when the historic buildings are beautifully lit and the locals are gathering to start their fun (this square is often a meeting point before going out for dinner or the discos). ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Inspired by Italy: Guide to Florence & Assisi
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Kristina Hoyle
Read it on author's website: http://www.inspiredbylynne.ca/inspired-by-italy-guide-to-florence-assisi/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Mercato Nuovo
  • Il Porcellino
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Duomo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Basilica of San Lorenzo
  • Le Cordon Bleu

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