TTOSCANA IN TOUR // Via Della Faggiola, 41 PISA // Via Ponte alle Mosse, 154 FIRENZE
With a single day at your disposal you will want to see the chief monuments and walk around the heart of the city centre. Piazza del Duomo, facing the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, his dome is the symbol of Florence, from the top of which you will get a wonderful panoramic view of the city, and also of the interior of the cathedral. Beside the façade stands another giant, Campanile di Giotto, and opposite the façade of the Duomo is the more ancient Battistero di San Giovanni, with its famous bronze doors.
Piazza della Signoria is the political heart of Florence. Here rises the late 13th-century Palazzo della Signoria or Palazzo Vecchio, which is the seat of the Comune of Florence as well as being a museum. Entering the inner courtyard you will notice the fountain of the putto by Verrochio and frescoes by Vasari. Flanking the piazza is the Loggia dei Lanzi with the statues as Benvenuto Cellini’s Perseus and the Rape of the Sabines. Adjoining Palazzo Vecchio is the Galleria of Uffizi, one of the most important museums in the world. The Gallery houses paintings ranging from Cimabue, Giotto and including works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Ponte Vecchio is one of the symbols of the city, the bridge has survived the ravages of war and the flooding of the Arno, and has been home to famous goldsmiths shops.
Near Ponte vecchio brings you to Piazza Pitti, dominated by the majestic façade of Palazzo Pitti old residence of Medici who had previously resided in Palazzo della Signoria. Inside a marvellous park, the Boboli Gardens. Palazzo Pitti is the seat of numerous museums, and the garden itself is one of them.