Departure from Rome, where our driver will be your service will take you on tour on the Florence, a tourist destination known throughout the world.
Home to famous figures such as Dante, Boccaccio and Machiavelli, who contributed to the birth and development of the Italian language and culture, Florence is full of places, churches and museums to visit. It is like a precious diamond necklace of resorts in Tuscany.
Works great and esteemed artists such as Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello, make Florence one of the cultural capitals of the world. Despite the flooding that struck in 1966, the city retains a heritage of inestimable value, accumulated above all between the fourteenth and sixteenth century, the period when it experienced its greatest growth.
The first place where you will be taken once you arrive in Florence, is the Piazza del Duomo, in the city center. Here are some of the most important religious buildings in Florence: the Baptistery, the Duomo, or cathedral, S. Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower.
A few steps from the church of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell will, bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Maria del Fiore.
The bell tower is 5 storeys high 82 m. wide and 15 m and has been decorated with the same colored marbles that decorate the cathedral. It was begun by Giotto in 1334, at the invitation of the Lord and, after his death, the project was continued by Andrea Pisano until 1348 and completed in 1359 by Francesco Talenti, who built a large terrace, where you can admire an enchanting panorama.
From the Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Signoria Tour will continue, dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, and where you will find some of the most important works of the city of Florence, the splendid Loggia della Signoria, the great fountain of Ammannati Bartholomew (1563-1575) with the center of the imposing figure of Neptune, called "Il Biancone", the equestrian statue of Cosimo I, excellent work in bronze by Giambologna (1598), and the famous "David" by Michelangelo (1503) located to the left of the Palazzo Vecchio (the 'original work is housed in the Accademia Gallery), while the right is the marble group of "Hercules and Cacus" by Baccio Bandinelli (1533).
Old Palace of the Signoria, or is the Town Hall since 1872 and was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio (1298-1314). Over the centuries has always been the political center and has therefore become the symbol of the city. The interior is richly decorated by the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance.
On the right of the Palazzo Vecchio opens the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most prestigious museums in the world, built in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari was commissioned by Grand Duke Cosimo I de 'Medici to house the administrative and judicial offices of the Florentine state. The museum now an immense artistic heritage, including thousands of pictures ranging from medieval to modern times, a large number of ancient sculptures, miniatures and tapestries. Among the masterpieces to admire: the "Birth of Venus" by Botticelli, the "Holy Family" by Michelangelo, and portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and his wife, works of Piero della Francesca. Important are also the collections of German, Dutch and Flemish, including Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens.
Behind the Palazzo Vecchio, the city's east end, is the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the most important Franciscan churches in Italy. Inside it retains, as well as beautiful frescoes by Giotto and the tombs and monuments of illustrious Florentine and Italian artists, including Michelangelo, Ugo Foscolo and Rossini. There is also a cenotaph in honor of Dante Alighieri, whose remains, as is known, is located in Ravenna, where the Florentine poet was in exile.
Along the banks of the Arno, returning to the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio encounter. The bridge remained unscathed by the bombing of World War II, is the oldest in Florence. It was built in 1345, at the narrowest point of the Arno River that runs through the city, by Taddeo Gaddi and is also a symbol of Florence. Ahead could see the gleaming windows of the old Florentine goldsmith shops. At the center of the bridge is a square the sides of which there are two terraces: one is facing the Piazzale Michelangelo, the hill of S. Illuminated and the Uffizi, and is closed at the top of the Vasari Corridor that connects the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace, the other overlooking the bridge of S. Trinity, the center has a bust of Benvenuto Cellini created by Raffaele Romanelli and placed here in 1900.
To continue your tour in Florence you should visit, depending on your interests: the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Bargello, which are collected in the original versions of the most important sculptures, or the National Museum of the History of Science (in square de 'Giudici) a collection of works, projects, inventions and ancient tools of the scientist Galileo.
Finally, for your shopping in Florence we suggest in addition to the Ponte Vecchio and the numerous boutiques that dot the city: the New Market said the Pig, the famous sculpture depicting a boar by Tacca and artisan market in San Lorenzo.