Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence Italy




      Florence, Italy is a city known for its rich history, art, architecture, and cultural significance.

      Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, a period of great cultural and intellectual achievements in Europe. It was during the 14th to 16th centuries that Florence saw a remarkable flourishing of art, literature, science, and philosophy.

      The city is renowned for its art treasures. Some of the world's most famous artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, lived and worked in Florence, leaving behind masterpieces that are still admired today.

      The city is also adorned with magnificent palaces, such as Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti, as well as numerous churches and bridges that contribute to its picturesque charm.

      Piazza della Signoria serves as the political heart of the city and is adorned with sculptures and the grand Palazzo Vecchio. The Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge spanning the Arno River, is a symbol of Florence and is known for its unique shops built along its sides.

      With its charming cobbled streets, romantic architecture, and beautiful vistas, Florence exudes a romantic ambiance. Strolling along the Arno River or enjoying a sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo viewpoint offers breathtaking views and a memorable experience.

      Aerial view of Florence with its Cathedral in focus
      Fountain of Neptun in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence Italy
      Beautiful bridge on the river Arno in Florence and soft buildings and greenery behind it

      Florence Cathedral Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

      Florence Cathedral, formally Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is located in Piazza del Duomo. Together with the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile the Cathedral form the historic centre of Florence and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s astounding that the Cathedral is still one of Italy’s largest churches though its construction started in 1296 and was completed in 1436. The exterior walls of the basilica are artfully adorned with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink, bordered by white. These harmonic marble patterns with all the incredible details will leave you in absolute awe.

      Ponte Vecchio

      One of the most striking bridges over the Arno River in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge. It is very special since many shops were built along it, which was once common. At present jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers occupy those shops.

      Signoria Square and Palazzo Vecchio

      Piazza della Signoria forms a square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. It was named after the Palazzo della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio. It is the political focus of the city as it was the main point of the origin and history of the Florentine Republic. Numerous tourists and Florentines gather here as it’s close to the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza del Duomo and gateway to Uffizi Gallery.

      The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence in Italy. It is located on the Piazza della Signoria, which displays a copy of Michelangelo’s David statue, and the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi.

      Palazzo Medici Riccardi

      The Palazzo Medici Riccardi, also known as the Palazzo Medici, was built for the Medici family. It is a Renaissance palace. While it’s a museum open to the public it is also the seat of the Metropolitan City of Florence. Walk around the museum and enjoy the garden hidden from the front and unfolding in the back of the entrance. I hope you enjoyed my luxury destination wedding photographer’s guide to Florence. To learn more about Tuscany itself please click here.

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