Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the stunning city of Florence is steeped in a rich legacy of art and culture which attracts visitors from all over the world to marvel at its palaces, squares, chapels, galleries and museums.
For some 250 years, between the 13 and 1500s, Florence enjoyed a reputation as Europe’s most politically, economically and culturally important city. This importance is reflected in the breathtaking architecture and historic art treasures that form the backdrop and majestic skyline of this most cherished Tuscan town.
Below are just some of the wonderful sights and Florence tourist attractions you can expect to discover on a visit to this city. They are within easy access of the castle accommodation in Chianti. For more information the staff at Castello del Nero will be more than delighted to give you the benefit of their in-depth local knowledge about Florence’s landmarks and tourist attractions.
Galleria degli Uffizi – Housing an outstanding collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures – including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, the Galleria degli Uffizi is considered one of the world’s most famous fine art museums.
Santa Maria del Fiore – One of Florence’s top landmarks, this magnificent domed cathedral symbolises Florence and is testament to the engineering prowess of the Renaissance artisans. Be sure to climb to 464 steps of the dome to marvel at the spellbinding views over the city.
Church of San Lorenzo – For pure, neo-classical grandeur, the interior of this wonderful building is hard to beat. Take time to see the sacristy and the princes’ burial chapel.
Boboli Gardens – Located on the south bank of the Arno behind the Pitti Palace, these ornately landscaped gardens are peppered with fascinating sculptures and offer fantastic views across the city.
Ponte Vecchio – Spanning the river Arno, this Medieval crossing point is the oldest of Florence’s six bridges. Designed by Taddeo Gaddi, Ponte Vecchio is today occupied by a number of jewellers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.