HIDDEN GEMS OF FLORENCE

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Visiting the Uffizi Gallery museum is like taking a journey into the Renaissance. It holds some of the most important masterpieces of all time from Italian artists like Gioto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

Duke and Duchess of Urbino, from Piero della Francesca

Duke and Duchess of Urbino, from Piero della Francesca

The Sleeping Ariadne

The Sleeping Ariadne

Tondo Doni, from Michelangelo

Tondo Doni, from Michelangelo

The Birth of Venus, from Sandro Botticelli

The Birth of Venus, from Sandro Botticelli

Annunciation, from Leonardo da Vinci

Annunciation, from Leonardo da Vinci

Medusa, from Caravaggio

Medusa, from Caravaggio

The museum is organized in theme rooms about artistic periods or specific artists. So we made a plan to see certain rooms that house famous art pieces!
This is obviously the GO-TO museum if you only have a day in Florence!

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Next up is one of Florence’s oldest landmarks, the Ponte Vecchio. This special bridge runs through the Arno River that contains shops physically built into its structure, most of which sell jewelry and gold. However, artisanal goods of all sorts have been sold here since it was first constructed as far back as the 12th century.

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As we continue to make our way around the city, we stumble upon Piazza della Signoria which has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century. We got to see amazing statues of Hercules and Cacus, Loffia dei Lanzi is a free open air museum that had sculptures like The Rape of the Sabine Women or Perseus with the Head of Medusa.
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Since we didn’t have time to make it to the real David from Michelangelo (located in the Academy Gallery), this replica will have to do.

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We found this shop, Bartolucci by accident, while walking through various streets in Florence. I’ve always been a fan of Pinocchio and its many characters. This shop is overloaded with the guy, toys, figures and gift items, but all made from wood. The shop is really small, but magical!

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Since our hotel is right next door to The Church of Santa Maria Novella; there was no excuse not to visit one of the most important Gothic churches in Florence. The exterior is the work of Fra Jacopo Talenti and Leon Battista Alberti. The interior holds extraordinary works of art including Masaccio’s Trinità, Ghirlandaio’s fresco cycle in the Tornabuoni Chapel and Giotto’s Crucifix, among others.

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