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.
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.