Spotlight on Florence Architecture

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florenceWhen you think of Florence, one of the first things that comes to mind is the architecture. One of Europe’s most predominant cities, Florence is a melting pot of European architecture. Whether it’s churches, homes, restaurants, or monuments, you’ll find beautifully crafted architecture throughout the city. Below, we’ve spotlighted some of the best places for viewing Florence’s elaborate architecture.

Ponte Vecchio. Ponte Vecchio is one of the oldest bridges in the world. The original bridge is said to have dated back to the late 900s, until a flood swept it away and it had to be reconstructed. Some of the most unique parts of the bridge are the many stores that are built along it. For those photographer-travelers, plan your visit early in the evening, when the bridge is all lit up by the store lights.

Santa Maria Novella. Santa Maria Novella is another one of Florence’s many historic churches. Like so many of Florence’s churches, it is several hundred years old. The church features many small chapels, each with their own unique designs and interior architecture. Art lovers will appreciate the artwork of the church, which consists of paintings and frescoes throughout the interior.

Santa Maria del Fiore. Also known as the Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the most recognizable cathedrals in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the most visited attractions in Tuscany. The cathedral dates back several hundred years and has been one of the most important landmarks in Florence’s history. While the exterior is the cathedral’s main feature, don’t miss the interior, which includes beautiful artwork, stained glass windows, and monuments.

Florence cathedral

Church of St. Trinity. The Church of St. Trinity, also called Santa Trinita, is over 700 years old. It overlooks the square of the same name and is just a couple blocks from the Arno River. Similar to many of Florence’s most famous churches, it features numerous chapels, each with their own artwork and unique décor. Sassetti Chapel is a must-see, as it is one of the most notable chapels in Florence because of its frescoes by famous artist Domenico Ghirlandaio.

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This article was written by WDJ