Florence is a beautiful city situated in Tuscany on the river Arno. It is a very popular destination on the backpacker route and it is easy to see why. In a city like Florence, one could easily spend a week exploring, but if you’re on a time constraint and want to visit the main sights here are your must sees.
Piazza Del Duomo
This Piazza is home to one of the most recognisable cathedrals. The magnificent building stands tall with its terracotta roof and whitish walls. The dome of the cathedral is synonymous with Florence and climbing to the top of it will offer spectacular views across the city.
The Ponte Vecchio is more than just a bridge. It is a bridge which houses a variety of goldsmith’s shops, some which have been there since 1500. Take your time to stroll over this bride and browse the shops. As the sun sets the bridge provides the keen photographer with an ideal photo opportunity (as long as you can muscle your way through the crowds). Take in the sounds of the musicians who often line the bridge and relax with a gelato.
Piazza della Signori
This piazza is known as the political heart of Florence. Whilst here, you will also see the Palazzo Vecchio. The ‘L’ shaped piazza houses a reproduction of Michaelangelo’s David statue and leads onto Uffizi gallery which is home to many more historical pieces in a building which is itself fascinating and well worth a visit.
This is one destination you won’t find in many guidebooks or on websites, however it is definitely not to be missed. Fiesole is a town and commune in the Italian hills looking down onto Florence. If you thought the views from the Duomo were good you haven’t seen anything yet. Simpily make your way to Piazza San Marco and buy a ticket for about 1euro 20. Take the number 7 bus straight into Fiesole which leaves every 15 minutes.
Fiesole has a beautiful little monestary as well as great walks providing spectacular views of the whole of Florence. It also claims to be the place of Michaelangelo’s first flight and houses an ancient amphitheatre and Etruscan archaeological sight with a great museum that is well worth the price.