Recognized as one of Italy’s centers for art and architecture, Florence is home to a wide range of tourist attractions. Some of the city’s most popular cultural sites include:
– Palazzo Pitti. The former residence of Florence’s rulers, Palazzo Pitti is a 15th-century palace that overlooks the city from the banks of the Arno River. It was given to the Italian state in 1919, at which time it was turning into a museum.
– Uffizi Gallery. The first modern museum in Europe, the Uffizi Gallery was created in the late 1700s by the Medici family. The gallery is housed in the former palace of the city magistrate offices and features art from such masters as Sandro Botticelli and Tiziano Vecellio (Titian).
– Boboli Gardens. Also created by the Medici family, the Boboli Gardens house numerous fountains and statues interspersed through an Italianesque garden. Over the years, the gardens have been expanded and restructured several times and are now a well-known outdoor museum of garden sculpture.
About the author
A psychology student at the University of Miami, Isabel Harris Eide has traveled extensively around the world. Isabel Harris Eide has visited such places as Vietnam, Thailand, and Italy, where she visited Florence and took cooking and art history classes.