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The beauties of Florence are renowned throughout the world and around the historic city center is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The birth of Florence dates back to Roman times, but it's during 1400 that had the heyday. Recognized as the center where it was founded Humanism, has been called the cradle of the Renaissance. An incredible number of artists has helped build the city's image, including Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Masaccio, Sandro Botticelli, Beato Angelico, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Raffaelloand many more.Below are some of the main attractions and museums that are located in Florence.
The visit to the city could start from the Duomo, which includes the church of Santa Maria del Fiore with Cupola del Brunelleschi, the baptisery di San Giovanni, the Campanile di Giotto the Church of Santa Reparata and the Museo dell'Opera.
You can climb the Cupola e the Campanile and enjoy breathtaking views from here. Strolling on the Calzaiuoli street, you reach the Piazza della Repubblica the city center since Roman times, where there is the Colonna dell'Abbondanza. Going forward you will come across Piazza della Signoria, then enter in Palazzo Vecchio where you can climb the tower and walk along the walkway of Ronda.
Piazza Signoria offers of real works of art in the open including the Loggia dei Lanzi where there are some statues like that of Perseus with the head of Medusa, the Fountain of Neptune (or Biancone) and the statue of David by Michelangelo.
Next to Piazza della Signoria is the Galleria degli Uffizi leading to the characteristic Ponte Vecchio rich of its famous jewelers. Across the bridge you can visit the majestic Palazzo Pitti.
Florence is also known for its many markets, among them are the famous San Lorenzo Market and the Nuovo Mercato where is the Fontana del Porcellino: it is said to bring good luck to enter into his mouth a hand with a dime, if this falls into the grates at the foot of the fountain is a good auspice.
Other places worth visiting are Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can have a breathtaking view over Florence, and Piazza Santa Croce, where the tournament takes place in the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, traditional city event in which the four quarters of the city compete in a lively competition.