Florence is a city graced with so many advantages; over head is always the warm Tuscan sun, the city lives and breaths art, and the streets are out of fairy tale showcasing the best in architecture and classical design. Coming to Florence is an art lover and lover of cultures ideal location. The city has a number of activities, both paid and free, that people can do. Whether walking around the ancient Florentine streets or visiting the best art galleries Rome and the world have to offer there is never a dull moment. More things to do in Florence include.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of Europe’s first modern museums having been created by the Medici family at the turn of the 16th century. The modern museum stands today as an art lovers dream with such master works as Titian’s Venus of Urbino, Botticelli Birth of Venue, and Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch. The gallery is located at the top floor of Palazzo degli which is near to the Arno River. Taking the audio tour is a good idea with such a wealth of different art housed in this world famous gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15 am to 6:50 pm and costs 6.50 Euros.
The Baptisty is the oldest building in Florence and no building better illustrates the relationship between Florence and the Roman world. Originally used as a temple to Mars the Roman god of war historians date this building back to the 5th century AD. In present day this ancient building stands as a must see for lovers of art. The entrance is marked by the famous Gates of Paradise that was designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti which is a world famous piece of art in of itself. Inside the Baptistry crowds are always treated to fantastic artistry above on the ceiling which is decorated with intricate carvings and statues. Open seven days of the week entry into Baptistry costs 4 Euros.
Existing as a kind of marketplace on a bridge the Ponte Vecchio is a must see ancient attraction in Florence. Originally built in the 14th century to replace a previous bridge destroyed by flood this bridge ended up becoming a central cog in the cities renaissance gold and jewel trade. This identity as a hub of trade has stuck to the bridge ever since. The Ponte Vecchio traverses the Arno River in central Florence and has survived intact floods and even strategic attacks at it during World War 2. In current times the bridge is flooded with visitors to the city and you should be warned that prices reflect this.