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Two Days in Florence


Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is one of the country’s centres of art, trade, and history. There is much to see and enjoy, but if you have only two days to see the sights, these are the most essential places to include in your itinerary.

On the first day, visit the city’s religious centre, the Cathedral of S. M. del Fioro. You should see the bell tower of Giotto, the Baptistery, and the Golden Doors. Travel along the Via Calzaiuolo, heading for the Signoria Square. This is the city’s political centre, and also the home of the famous open-air museum.

From there, you can walk to the Uffizi Square. You’ll reach the river Arno, and the row of jeweller’s shops. This is the Ponte Vecchio, known around the world. Take time to browse through this shoppers’ paradise; with its great bargains and excellent craftsmanship of its wares, it’ll take a lot of willpower to finally walk away.

Proceed down the Via Porsanta Maria. You will stumble on the Straw Market, and a small fountain that depicts the Wild Boar. This is one of the symbols of Florence, and you’ll want to take your picture here as a souvenir! Walk down the Via Calimala and Piazza Repubblica, where’ll you’ll see the intersection of Italy past and present. While it’s one of the oldest parts of Florence, it also has the most modern buildings.

Be sure to see the Galleria dell'Accademia, with Michelangelo’s renowned masterpiece, the Statue of David, the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce, and the Pantheon, which houses the tombs and monuments of Italy’s most beloved sons.

On your second day, take in Florence’s majestic views and most stunning artwork, from the Michelangelo Square, to the Church of San Lorenzo, and the Medici Chapel. End the day at the Uffizi Gallery, but be sure to take the scenic route: past by Dante’s birth place and its gorgeous tower houses. Your tour of Florence complete, go home with memories of this beautiful city.

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