Best of Florence, Italy | Private jet charter
Florence is one of the most majestic cities and with good reason. The city’s dazzling array of Renaissance art and architecture is breathtaking, and its cultural and historic legacy is beyond compare. With historic palaces, churches, squares and museums, there’s much to be explored in this magical city.
Possibly Florence’s most iconic monument, the famous Ponte Vecchio is a scene that has been captured in paintings for hundreds of years. Once home to the city’s goldsmiths, Ponte Vecchio is now home to mainly tourist emporiums. Look above these shops and you’ll see the Passageway of the Prince (Corridoio Vasariano) which was used by the Medici families to cross the Arno. On its walls hang priceless portraits from the likes of Michelangelo, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Velásquez.
Regarded as one of the world’s most important museums, the Uffizi is simply outstanding. The artists represented here were single-handedly responsible for creating a new form of art in 14th to 16th century Florence as the style changed from formal Byzantine to Renaissance realism. Housed in a former Medici riverside palace, visit the Tribuna which was created specifically to showcase the family’s most valuable jewels and paintings.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the culture, then a walk in the Boboli Gardens at Pitti Palace will soothe your senses. Manicured terraces lead visitors to stunning panoramic views of Florence, alongside grand fountains and statues; a grotto and maze and surprisingly an amphitheatre created out of the local quarry that provided stone for the Pitti Palace. This Medici masterpiece is open to the public and offers a museum, lavish rooms and royal apartments as well as art from Raphael, Rubens, Titian and many more.
Galleria dell’Accademia (Gallery of the Academy of Florence)
No visit to Florence is complete without seeing Michelangelo’s sculpture David. Although this iconic marble sculpture is now encased in protective glass, its dimensions and sheer majesty remain palpable. The artist’s four unfinished slaves are also here and Botticelli’s Madonna is also unmissable among the thousands of artefacts. Allow at least half a day here to take in this extraordinary temple to the genius and creativity of Italian Renaissance artists.
The Duomo and Florence Cathedral
You could spend weeks in Florence and still not see a fraction of its treasures… so head for the Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Some of the city’s most splendid works of art and stained glass are on show here inside the cathedral, its museum and the bell tower. Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Giotto and more leave their legacies behind the exquisite inlaid marble exteriors.
Florence Food Market – Mercato Centrale
Food is a passion in Italy, and there’s no better way of seeing this in action than at the Mercato Centrale. This gigantic food market is a treasure trove of flowers, local produce, herbs, olives, oils, nougat and much more. And is just as popular with locals who shop here regularly.
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