Firenze: city of art
Here are a few inputs for visiting Florence, if you are staying in Monterosso al Mare, and you would like to go on a day trip to one of the most beautiful cities of art in Italy. Florence is about a three hour train ride from Monterosso. You will arrive in the center of Florence near the monuments, and the prestigious museums of the city.
After the middle ages Florence became the “Culla del Rinascimento” (crib of the Renaissance). In an area of a few kilometers, because of enlightened values, and brilliant artists, churches, buildings, bridges, etc. began to be built. In the artisans shops they created paintings that have changed the history of art and even today they embellish international museums. In Florence there are so many things to see that it is not easy to choose what to see in one day.
Surely a visit to “Piazza del Duomo” in the historic center is a must. Dominated by the grandness of the cathedral “Santa Maria del Fiore and its’ correlative buildings like “Giottos’” bell tower, and the baptistery of “San Giovanni”
Other attractions not to miss out on: an authentic Monument park to stroll in.(about three hours).
The “ Giardini Boboli”(Boboli gardens) is really an outdoor museum encircling “Palazzo Pitti”.
Visiting the garden you can proceed onward to “Palazzo Vecchio”.
In 1565 Giorgio Vasari built for Cosimo I Dè Medici the “Vasariano” Corridor to unite “Palazzo Vecchio” with “Palazza Pitti” (Dè Medicis’ private house). The corridor is about 1 km. long, departing from “Palazzo Vecchio”, passing through the Galleria of the “Uffizi” , and passing by the shops on “Ponte Vecchio” , and from there continuing onto “Palazzo Pitti”. Jewelry shops and artisans had established here back in time, and they still exist today. Artisans and jewelry shops produce and sell fine jewelry keeping theme with their beautiful surroundings.
You absolutely must not miss the splender of “Piazza della Signoria” center of the Florentine life,civil and political, or “Palazzo Vecchio” where there is a good copy of the “David” by Michelangelo ( the original is in the “Galleria Dell’Accademia” in Florence).
For art lovers there is the Uffizzi, a treasure chest of Master Pieces from every century.
You can begin with the “Sala del Trecento” and the three altarpieces by Cimabue, Duccio di Buoninsegna, and Giotto. There are works by Botticelli, Leonardo, Signorelli, Perugino, Durer, Caravaggio, and many more. We recommend you dedicate a whole day for visiting the “Uffizzi”.