Things to do in Florence
Florence Cathedral/ Duomo
The Florence Cathedral or the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower is
locally known as the Duomo di Firenze. Construction of the Gothic style
building started in 1296 and was completed in 1436. The Duomo is the mother
church of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence and among the largest
Italian churches. Marble polychrome panels grace the exterior of the church
and the 19th century elegant facade has elements of Gothic
Revival style. The dome of the church offers panoramic views of the city.
The Piazza del Duomo, center of tourist activity in Florence, comprises the
Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile in addition to the Duomo.
Gallery of the Academy of Florence
Gallery of the Academy of Florence, locally known as Galleria dell’
Accademia di Firenze is among the most visited art museums in the country.
The gallery has a vast collection of paintings from the 14th to
the 17th century by many Florentine artists including
Botticelli, Ghiraldino and Michelangelo. The most famous piece here is the
original David sculpture by Michelangelo.
The Michelangelo Square was built as a terrace with a panoramic view of the
River Arno and the city. The cityscape includes the Belvedere Fort, Santa
Croce, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and the hills of Fiesole and
Settignano. The square is dedicated to its namesake, Renaissance artist
Michelangelo, and has bronze copies of his artworks found all over
Florence. The square can be accessed via cars as well as public transport.