The best thing is the scenic drive with bus number 12 up to the Piazzale Micheangelo, where you get an amazing view over the city... The drive up there is wonderful too, cause it leads through the charming hills that surrounding Florence in the south!
Fondest memory: The thick stones the buildings are build of sometimes are great in a typical way. All houses are so beautiful. I also loved the copy of the 'David' statue on the Piazza del Signoria. I didn´t thought that it was that huge! And the view from the Giotto´s Tower was amazing, but the stairs up there were a lot!
What I miss most? The wonderful Italian food!!!!!!
It is obvious why painters have always flocked to Italy. The colors are remarkable. Watching this city in sunlight, dawn, dusk, rain... it is ever-changing and always breathtaking.
Fondest memory: Wandering around... the beauty, the food, the people.
Florence is the perfect place to discover the marvels of the Renaissance, the delicious Tuscany food or the elegance of a city full of colorful details. I can only suggest you not to loose any of those things.
Fondest memory: The colors of the nightfall over the river Arno. The view has an impossible beauty.
Walk along the embankment of the Arno, it's a pleasure!
Fondest memory: Here, on the embankment, round the corner from the Uffizi Gallery they sell the tastiest ice-cream I ever tried!
PHOTO : SUNSET ON PONTE VECCHIO....
UFFIZI PALACE...not in the photo. It was constructed in the mid 16th centuary in the period when Cosimo de' Meclici, first grand Duke of Tuscany. Built in the form of a horse shoe extending from Piazza Signoria to the River Arno and linked with Palazzo Vecchio by bridge over the street.
The Uffizi were intended to house the offices of the Magistrature.
Florence provides you with stunning views at every turn. This is a picture I took from the cupola of the Duomo of the Campanile.
The Gothic bell tower was designed by Giotto and has stood for hundreds of years in breathtaking, multicolored marble. There's no elevator though, so if you decide to climb to the top, be prepared for 414 stairs.
Fondest memory: Most likely my fondest memory of my entire trip was my time spent on the top of the Dome. The entire experience was incredible, beyond words. I just remember it was a partly cloudy day heading towards a clear night and we were one of the last sets of people to head up to the top. The setting sun breaking through the clouds iluminating different parts of Florence and the hills around it will be something I carry with me for the rest of my life. I will do my best to place the rest of this memory and my other Florentine experiences into a travelogue soon. This is a view from atop the Dome which is similar to my many pics... The church just left of center is where Michaelangelo is buried, if I remember correctly.
It's all on one place You can walk to see most important places in Florence: the Dome, Piazza Signoria and Uffizi Gallery, Pinte Vecchio.But You must see great panorama view from Piazzale Michelangelo not far from city and surrounding monasteries of Toscana and wineyards, of cource producing world famous Toscana Classic red wine.
Fondest memory: It was great night life on piazza della Republica.
THE CATHEDRAL AND BELL TOWER
One of my favourite buildings is the Brunelleschi´s dome, visible from anywhere and part of the magical Florence's skyline. The richly ornamental facades of the Duomo never fail to impress, and it is one of the richest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. The adjacent bell-tower, begun by Giotto in 1334, rises to 85 metres high and a climb up its 414 steps is rewarded with some splendid views (see photo).
I would say this is the best place to have a complete view of all the city of Florence and surroundings. It is a wide terrace from where it is possible to admire one of the most superb views of the city nestling in the Arno valley, surrounded by gently sloping hills. In the centre of the square stands the Monuments to Michelangelo (1875) with a bronze reproduction of the four statues depicting Day, Night, Dawn and Dusk, dominated by the statue of David. On the hill behind Piazzale Michelangelo stands the Church of San Miniato al Monte.
Favorite thing: Watch the sunset from the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. The shops on the bridge have housed various businesses for hundreds of years. Now they are the place to shop for gold jewelry. There are so many choices it is mind boggling. As I looked out the window from one of the stores I noticed a rather large brown creature swimming in the river. I hoped that it was a muscrat or a beaver, but I realized when it made its way to the bank that it was the largest RAT I had ever seen. Observe the Arno from a safe distance.
Fondest memory: Sitting on Ponte Vecchio in the evening listening to the buskers, watching the street artists and eating chocolate icecream! Each place we went to after Florence, we tried to find a 'Ponte Vecchio' - a special place we would end up at each evening. In Rome it was the Pantheon, in Naples the steps outside our hotel(!), in Siracuse the seafront and in Venice the bar near our hotel. Apart from the PAntheon (maybe) nothing could compare to Vecchio!
Just outside the Palazzo Vecchio, next to the Uffizi gallery, runs the Via dei Leoni, named after the lions housed in this street - mascots of the Medicis, they were previously housed in the Piazza della Signoria, but Cosimo I didn't like the smell & moved the stables here.
The photo shows the street from the Palazza Vechhio.
drive up to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo. You definitely won't regret it.
From here, you can see the finest views in all of Florence. Those with great stamina may even wish to walk/ stroll up to the top of the hill overlooking the River Arno. The Piazzale Michelangelo will then be a well deserved reward for you! For the art lovers amongst us, there's even a bronze copy of the real 'David' statue located in the center of the square!
Favorite thing: From the Piazzale Michelangelo you also have a great view of the citywalls. And the surrounding green fields with the occasional cypress.