Florence (Firenze) is the capital city of the rich region of Tuscany. The city counts 370’000 inhabitants and the metropolitan area about 1.5 million. It is a busy and rich city in multiple ways: history, architecture, culture, fashion and industry.
They are many important museums in Florence but they can’t be covered in one day; so essentially I will share with you a sightseeing tour that will take you through the streets of city centre and to a viewpoint that will give you a sense of the overall town.
1. The city centre: a collection of churches, palaces and market places
Whether you arrive by car, by train or by plane an easy starting point is the central train station. From the station walk over to the first landmark the church of Santa Maria Novella, enjoy the wide open Piazza before you walk East towards the narrow streets of Via del Giglio, then on to Via Canto dei Nelli, and finally turn on to via del’Ariento and walk up towards the old covered market. Enjoy a tour around the colorful food stalls.
As you walk out the market stroll around the streets of Via Gori and Via de Martelli, all the way to Piazza del Doumo. Circle around this masterpiece of architecture, if the queue is reasonable or if you feel like it get into the building.
As you exit the visit catch the via dei Calzaluoti and walk down towards the Piazza della Signioria and stop by the statue of David and his other naked fellows next to the Uffizi.
2. The Arno river banks and the Ponte Vecchio
Walk through the Uffizi and just as you walk to the banks of the river Arno, enjoy the view to the East on to the Belvedere hills and West to the Ponte Vecchio. Admire from the distance the lodges and the boutiques built on and around this iconic bridge,
3. The view over the city roofs from the gardens of the Bardini villa
Cross the bridge and walk up the Costa dei Magnoli, enter the gardens of the Bardini villa and reach out to the tea house for a well deserved break with a view North over the city roofs. Then walk back down through the gardens to the city centre for dinner.
Enjoy the day…