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Top 5 things to see and do in Florence

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    A view of Florence's Duomo Cathedral in Italy.
    Cathedral of Santa Maria del FioreFlorence's skyline (Firenze), Italy, wouldn't be the same without the stunning Cathedral or Duomo that so personifies the grandeur and elegance of the city. The Duomo, which translates to 'the Cathedral' or 'Dome Cathedral', has a long and regal history dating back to the end of the 13th century.The Duomo's ArchitectureNear the end of the thirteenth century, the government that oversaw the Republic of Florence decided to replace their under-sized, rather plain Santa Reparata with a more majestic worshipping house. Architect Arnolfo di Cambio was asked to design the building sans dome. Residents of the Florentine Republic were to help finance the cathedral's construction, as a tax was added to all estates of the deceased ...

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    Part of the Ponte Vecchio in Firenze.

    Along with the distinctive Duomo, or cathedral and the famous statue of David by Michelangelo, the Ponte Vecchio has become one of the symbols of the beautiful Italian city of Florence.

    The Ponte Vecchio – or Old Bridge – is the oldest bridge of several that span the River Arno and the only one to survive World War II. It was built in 1235 by the architect Taddeo Gaddi and replaced an older wooden version of the bridge, which had stood on the spot since Roman times.

    The present bridge has the distinction of being Europe's oldest segmented arch bridge, with the main arch spanning almost 100 feet and the two side arches spanning 88 feet. The innovative design meant that ships could navigate the river under the bridge more easily, and it also made the bridge more resistant to floods ...

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    An angled picture shot of a sculpture and dome at the Uffizi Gallery.

    Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery) is among the world's most celebrated, oldest, and renowned art museums. It calls the Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy its home. The Palazzo was originally built as offices for the Florentine magistrates of Cosimo I de' Medici. Giorgio Vasari began construction in 1560. What resulted is a horseshoe-shaped structure spanning the River Arno and the Piazza Signoria.

    The gallery itself was founded in 1581 and has a superb and extensive collection – starting from the sculptures and paintings created or commissioned by the Medici family. In fact, it was founded by Francesco I, the de' Medici Grand Duke ...

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  • Dante's House (Casa Di Dante) in the 13th century was home to Alighieri families. This area stretched between church Piazza dei Donati and S. Martino in Florence, Italy. At the onset of 20th century, Municipal Administration asked to build a façade, now known as Dante's House, to commemorate the birth of Dante Alighieri, the famous author of Divine Comedy. This world over acknowledged masterpiece in literature was written by the writer in Terza Rima, in his vernacular language.

    Today, this building marks the prestigious seat of House-museum, re-opened for visitors view on June 1, 1994 ...

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    The interior of a dome in the Medici Chapels.

    The 'Capelle Medicee' are part of the Basilica di San Lorenzo di Firenze in Florence, Italy. The exterior of the chapel and the basilica are unprepossessing—the façade has never been completed. Inside, however, the beauty of both the basilica and the chapel is undeniable. The basilica is one of Florence's largest churches and is located at the heart of the city's largest market district.The Basilica di San Lorenzo di Firenze was consecrated in the year 393. For three hundred years was the city's cathedral, serving as the Florentine Bishop's seat and the central church of the diocese of Florence ...

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