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Monuments, Palaces and Piazzas to see in Florence

Florence is considered by many to be an open-air museum. If you are interested in architecture, for example, you don't need to visit any museums: many of the palaces and squares are masterpieces of their own.
Designed by Michelozzo, Andrea di Cambio and Brunelleschi, among many others, many of the great palaces and piazzas in Florence are spectacular to behold. The main squares often display statues by Giambologna or Michelangelo. Ponte Vecchio, Old Bridge, is a treasure to admire.

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Panoramic View from Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo is the place to go to get all those beautiful panoramic views of the city and catch a stunning sunset. The viewpoint is to the south of the historical center, here's how to get there either by foot or bus!

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The Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower

With fortress like castellations and a 311 foot high bell tower, Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio conveys the message of political power supported by military strength. A beautiful museum today, a must-see in Florence hiding extraordinary treasures!

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The Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge

No visit to Florence is complete without at least some time spent dawdling on the Ponte Vecchio, looking at the glittering jeweler’s shops along the bridge and admiring the view.

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Piazza della Signoria

Standing in the Piazza della Signoria with the shadow of the forbidding Palazzo Vecchio, it is impossible to escape the sense of Florence’s past political might.

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3 Towers in Florence with Amazing View from Above

Love panoramic views? Follow our recommendations on your visit to Florence and climb the Tower of Arnolfo, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Tower of San Niccolò! Enjoy some of the most extraordinary views of Florence from above and create even more special memories of your time in Florence.

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Piazza della Repubblica

The square and Column of Abundance mark the center of the city of Florence since Roman times. Today, with its many cafes and street artists, it is an important piazza for downtown strollers.

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Piazza Santa Maria Novella

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a beautiful square, recently cleaned up and fixed up, that stands before the beautiful church of Santa Maria Novella.

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The Medici Villa at Castello and its Beautiful Italian Garden

Visit the Medici Villa at Castello and its splendid Italian garden. Designed by Tribolo, the same architect of the famous Boboli Gardens in Florence, the garden's many statues and fountains, the Cave of Animals, secret gardens and more are a delight to enjoy a quiet day during your trip to Florence. Just a bus ride away, and entrance is free!

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