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Top 10 Attractions In Florence Italy

One of the most artistically beautiful cities in the world, Florence, Italy is the ideal vacation for anyone who appreciates art, architecture and culture. Even now, centuries past the Italian Renaissance, it's the Tuscany region of Italy, and Florence in general, where art is the quintessential attraction. For that reason, many of the top 10 attractions in Florence, Italy are based in the sometimes epic, sometimes subtle, but always visually stunning and impressive artworks of Italy's finest artists.

Florence's Top 10 Must-See Attractions

1.) The Galleria degli Uffizi
The Uffizi is tremendously popular and rightly so. As one of the most impressive collections of fine Renaissance art in the world, the Uffizi is one of the busiest attractions in Florence, Italy. In the Uffizi Gallery, visitors can see first-hand the mastery of Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and many other Italian masters.

2.) The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
The Duomo's (church's) dome was designed by Brunelleschi and is one of the most visited pieces of Italian architecture. Brunelleschi was awarded the job of designing the dome after a competition held in 1419 by the Arte della Lana. With the help of Donatello, Brunellschi was awarded the task. It also features the stunning Giotto's Tower.

3.) The National Museum of the Bargello
The Bargello is located near the Piazza della Signoria and houses some of the most incredible sculptures from the leading artists of the Renaissance era. Such noted works from Michelangelo, Donatello, Ammannati, Bandinelli and others grace the interior of this great museum.

4.) The Accademia
Home to Michelangelo's David, the Accademia is a popular tourist spot and can get quite busy. Leave your camera at the hotel, because no pictures are allowed inside. Call ahead for a reservation and save yourself an hour wait in line for one of the most amazing Italy tours.

5.) Pitti Palace
On the southern bank of the Arno, Pitti Palace houses the art collection of the former Medici family. Also, the included Boboli Gardens make an idealistic and beautiful walk behind the palazzo.

6.) Ponte Vecchio
The only bridge to survive World War II and the oldest bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio is a sightseer’s and shopper's delight as there is a number of fine jewelry stores located nearby the "old bridge."

7.) Santa Croce
Come and pay homage at the monumental tombs of some of the most noted and respected artists of Italy including Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Dante.

8.) San Lorenzo
No less than nine Michelangelo sculptures can be seen in the sacristy of this agrarian church. With a facade that was never fully completed, the church has a deceiving quality if viewed from the outside. But once inside, enjoy the Renaissance in all its glory.

9.) Santa Maria del Carmine
The Santa Maria del Carmine is most famous for its collection of inspired frescoes by such artists as Masaccio and Masolino da Panicale. It's also home to the Brancacci Chapel and the Corsini Chapel.

10.) Ponte Santa Trinita
This bridge, near the church Santa Trinita, is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world and was designed and constructed by famed Florentine, Bartolomeo Ammanati. The original bridge was destroyed by German troops in August of 1944, but was later rebuilt in 1958 with most of the stones coming from the original construction.

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