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Florence Pass

Destination(s): Florence

This one day itinerary is a great way to get the most of your brief time in Florence. With so many points of interest in such close proximity you will be able to truly see Florence on foot at a leisurely pace without feeling rushed. The city offers up its treasures at every turn and even if you wander from this itinerary you are sure to enjoy your time. read more about Florence Pass

Campanile di Giotto

Campanile di Giotto

Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi

  • Piazza Strozzi, 1
  • tel:+39 055 277 6461
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi

  • piazza della Signoria
  • Florence, 50122

The Loggia dei Lanzi or Loggia della Signoria is a wide-open gallery of great works of art and sculpture.  It brings together the piazza with the Uffizi Gallery flowing down into the Arno River.  As the Florentines adored this masterpiece, Michelangelo suggested having loggia encompass the whole Piazza della Signoria.  The artist or designer of the Loggia dei Lanzi was Orcagna.  He built it between 1376 and 1382 when Benci di Cione and Simone Talenti took over.  The name Loggia dei Lanzi came from the years the Grand Duke Cosimo I was in power, it was used to keep his Lanzichenecchi(Italian) or Landsknechts(German).  Shortening it to Lanzi, these were German mercenary pikemen.  As the Uffizi was nearly complete, the Loggia's roof was constructed as a terrace for the Medici so they could watch ceremonies in the piazza away from the peasants.  The Loggia's roof was designed by Bernardo Buontalenti. Today, the sculptures of divine beauty that are located inside are Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus, Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Woman and the Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi.  Loggia dei Lanzi is gorgeous at night.  Take a stroll after dinner to see the Loggia light up.
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Badia Fiorentina

Badia Fiorentina

  • via del Proconsolo 3
  • Via Dante Alighieri and Via del Proconsolo
  • tel:055-287-389
  • Florence, 50122
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, 50125

You can't miss the most recognizable landmark of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio.  Constructed in 1345, the Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge still standing in Florence, hence the name.  The multicolored structure bridge was first home to butcher shops. As the noble bankers would cross the Arno river to their offices, there was a rancid smell of pigs blood and rotted meat which extremely offended them.  In an effort to improve the area, the Medici stepped in and ordered the lower class shopkeepers out and moved goldsmiths and diamond-cutters in. Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge that escaped the bombing by the Germans in WWII.  Today, now a pedestrian bridge, the shops shimmer and shine with necklaces, rings and charms of the most expensive kind.  Tourists can enjoy an early morning walk over the bridge before the shops open or at sunset where lovers stare at the horizon as musicians sing and be merry.
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Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella

  • piazza Santa Maria Novella
  • Piazza Santa Maria Novella
  • tel:055-215-918
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50123
Cappella Rucellai

Cappella Rucellai

  • via della Spada
  • tel:+39 055 23 320
  • Florence, 50123
Carolus Hotel

Carolus Hotel

  • Via 27 Aprile 3
  • tel:39 0 55 264 55 39
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  • Florence, 50129
Sabatini

Sabatini

  • Via Panzani, 9a
  • tel:39 55 21 1559
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50123