Popular Attractions in Florence, Italy

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.

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Isabel Harris Eide

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.

Florence – An Early Epicenter of the Renaissance

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An independent city-state with a population of 60,000 in the early 15th century, Florence achieved its wealth through the manufacture and trade of wool and other cloth. Since the 14th century, the city state had been organized into a dozen artist guilds. These commercially focused trade organizations were underpinned by a robust banking system, with the gold florin accepted as standard coinage across the Continent.

The rise of Florentine culture came after the threat from the Duke of Milan was vanquished and the Medici family came into their own as benevolent rulers who supported the arts. Committed to a new form of humanism, leading thinkers and artists drew inspiration from the achievements of earlier Florentine notables, including Dante Alighieri and Giotto.

Over a period of a century, elaborate paintings and sculptures were commissioned for churches, commercial buildings, and private residences throughout the city. Key figures in this vibrant emergence of the arts included Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli.

 

About the author

 

Isabel Harris Eide

A psychology student at the University of Miami, Isabel Harris Eide has had the opportunity to travel to diverse countries spanning the globe, from Southeast Asia to Italy. While in Florence, Isabel Harris Eide took Italian culinary classes and studied art history. Florence was at the epicenter of the Renaissance, which involved a rebirth of arts and learning throughout much of Europe.