Rome may get most of the press but the sights and activities in Florence are equally as good from your Tuscan villa. Spending time in Florence is ways feels as if you are walking around in an outdoor museum. At times literally you are in an outdoor museum walking through Piazzale Michelangiolo looking at amazing sculptures out there in the open air. The city of Florence is the dream vacation for anyone who is a lover of art and culture as activities involving each are the course of the day. Some of the best things to do in Florence are.
Visit the Duomo
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, known simply as the Duomo, is the centre of religion in Florence and the city’s most recognizable landmark. Situated in the Pizza del Duomo this massive gothic cathedral was built in the 14th century. A joke made about the cathedral is that it was made inside out as the exterior is amazing ornate while the interior by comparison is some what plain. One of the best reasons to visit the cathedral is to climb to its top reaches for a wonderful view over the beautiful city of Florence. It is free to walk around Duomo, but if you choose to climb the 463 stairs to the top of the Dome there is cost of around 8 Euros.
Not only a beautiful square itself, the Piazzale Michelangiolo also provides fantastic views over the city too. What the square is most famous for is the replica of Michelangelo’s David. Represented in the views over the city are breathtaking vigils over the Tuscan hills surrounding the city as always drowned in the warm sunshine from above. A great idea is to bring a picnic lunch to the Piazzale and sit down, perhaps with a bottle of wine, and soak in the atmosphere. Another great idea is taking in a sunset at one of the outdoor cafes that surround the square. In order to best avoid the crowds the square is best visited either early in the morning or later at night.
Galleria del’ Accademia
Certain art museums have iconic pieces of art that are truly must sees. The Galleria del’ Accademia is one of them with the Michael Angelo’s master work David. These days be warned though that David is not crowded and attacked by Goliath, but rather tourists. While waiting for your chance to get close to the statue take the time to see some lesser known works such as the unfinished Slaves and Prisoners. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15 am until 6:50 and costs 6.50 Euros.