3 Unforgettable things to do in Florence Italy. Visit Florence!

Visit Florence – In Italy there is a lot to visit and it isn’t easy to decide which city to visit. Florence is famous in the world but you may wonder: Is Florence Italy worth seeing? Should I visit Florence?The answer is yes for more than one reason. Let’s see 3 unforgettable things to do in Florence Italy.

3 unforgettable things to do in Florence Italy

In Florence you can:

  • admire art
  • shopping
  • enjoy the delicious food

Things to do in Florence: visit Florence and admire art

Florence is worth of a seeing just for the city itself. Its monuments make the city different from all the others. Its old bridge, the white well decorated cathedral, the shape of Palazzo Vecchio and the white famous statues in the square make Florence unique.

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The museums

Florence is worth seeing especially for those loving art. Art is visible all around the city, but the most precious artworks are located in the museums.

The Uffizi

When you visit Florence visiting the Uffizi is one of the things to do in Florence. The Uffizi museum is very important for its history and for what it preserves. In this museum you can find artworks of Raffaello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Caravaggio and many other famous artists.

A very famous Raffaello’s artwork, the “Portraits of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi”, is an iconic painting of the artist. It’s a revolution on the thinking in the world of the portraits.

In the Uffizi are exhibited some Leonardo da Vinci works too. The most famous are: The Baptism of Christ, The Adoration of the Magi and The Annunciation.

The baptism of Christ is an artwork of Leonardo’s master, Andrea del Verrocchio. In fact Leonardo has done the profile of the angel, the shaded background and the Christ’s body.

The Adoration of the Magi and The Annunciation are instead completely done by him. The first one was never completed entirely, in fact the characters in the painting are partially done.

The Announcement is the only artwork entirely made and completed by the artist, it represents the announcement from the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin in a Renaissance palace. It was made for a lateral altar in a church.

The most famous work exhibited in the Uffizi is the Birth of Venus by Botticelli. It was made after the request from Lorenzo the Magnificent. There’s represented Venus in the centre, Zefiro on her left and Ora on her right, while she was giving her a dress.

The unknown meaning of the painting is the celebration of the birth of a new humanity.

Another important artist is Piero della Francesca, who made the “Double portrait of the dukes of Urbino”. The artwork can be dated between the 1465 and the 1472.

The Accademia Gallery

The Uffizi is not the only important museum in Florence. When you visit Florence you should visit also the Accademia Gallery. This is the museum where you can see the magnificent original statue of David made by Michelangelo.

It’s the same statue you can see in Piazza della Signoria in front of Palazzo Vecchio. The only small and big differnce is that in the square where it was placed at first there is now only a copy.

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Things to do in Florence Italy

The Statue was removed from the square in 1872 to preserve it. When it was in the square it was too exposed to the dangers. During its history the statue had to be repaired more than one time. The David of Michelangelo is too precious to allow something to demage it. That’s why they decided to move it from the square and plce it in a safer place.

The David of Michelangelo is important not only because is masterpeace work of art but also for its meaning.

The David is a young man who has to fight against the giant Golia. In his hand he has the sling because he’s rapresented soon before his fight. The young man well rapresents the new republic instituted in Florence. The David was made in fact a few years before the new republic was instituted. The republic took the place of the dominiom of De Medici’s family. This young republic had to fight against big giants. An example could be the papacy of that time.

Another curiosity is that the David had originally to be placed on the Duomo as one of its decorative statue and not in the square.

Shopping and food

Art has always a great value but the food and the shopping can make us very happy. When you visit Florence you can also relax and enjoy the food.

In Florence in fact there are a lot of good restaurants and you can have very good food. The salami, the pasta and the meat are delicious and are even better with a good glass of red local wine. The main speciality is the famous “bistecca alla Fiorentina” for those very hungry. If you like truffle there are many restaurants that have dishes with it in their menu.

After all this food you can go through the streets and find out all the shops where you can buy very cute leather bags and clothes. Shopping is one of the best things to do in Florence before leaving.

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