Piazza della Signoria
Cradle of the Renaissance and nerve centre of modern Florence. Here you can visit fourteenth century Palazzo Vecchio (now the town hall) containing a copy of Michelangelo’s famous David, Loggia dei Lanzi next door, admire Fontana del Nettuno made out of Carrara marble and the equestrian statue of Cosimo I. Continuing your visit with a stop off in the square, you can visit the world’s most famous art gallery, the Uffizi, still a treasure trove of priceless art and culture heritage with work by famous artists such as Caravaggio, Donatello, Botticelli, Giotto, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
At the end of Corridoio Vasariano you catch a glimpse of one of the most famous bridges in Florence and Italy: Ponte Vecchio. Thanks to Cosimo I de’ Medici this has been site of the best jeweller’s and goldsmith’s shops in the town since the 1500s and later a meeting place for the Florentine aristocracy. Crossing Ponte Vecchio and the banks of the River Arno flowing beneath it takes you to an even more Renaissance suffused world, one which changed the town’s appearance radically. Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens are examples.