You cannot leave Florence without walking across the Ponte Vecchio. It is the oldest Medieval bridge in Florence and the only bridge that wasn’t bombed during World War II. Butchers once had their shops there but today the bridge is full of jewelry, art and souvenir shops.
Built on top of these shops is the Vasari Corridor, the hidden passageway of the Medici family and other elites, which extends from The Uffizi Gallery to Pitti Palace. Today the Vasari Corridor holds The Uffizi Gallery’s massive collection of self-portraits.
Once the Florentine magistrate offices, today The Uffizi Gallery is a world famous art museum that holds artworks and masterpieces from Renaissance artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. It is a must-see!
Located in Piazza della Signoria is the Palazzo Vecchio, or Old Palace, which is the town hall of Florence. The Palazzo Vecchio was once home to the Medici family until Cosimo I de’ Medici moved house to Pitti Palace. Today the majority of the building is a museum.
Palazzo Strozzi or Strozzi Palace, was once the home of Filippo Strozzi The Elder, a banker whose family was banned to Naples for his father’s resistance against the Medici. Upon his return to Florence, Filippo ordered the building of Palazzo Strozzi. Today the palace is used as a center for contemporary art and culture showcasing international art exhibitions, events and activities.
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If you fancy a movie, Odeon Cinema is the place to go: weekly original sound screenings (with Italian subs) and periodical film festivals make this cinema one of the most interesting cultural venues in town.
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