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Piazza della Signoria

Florence's most famous square is Piazza della SIgnoria, the heart of the historic center and a free open-air sculpture exhibit. The Loggia della Signoria holds some important statues including a copy of Michelangelo's David. The piazza has been Florence's political center since the middle ages and Florence's town hall, the medieval Palazzo Vecchio on the squaire. The palazzo contains elaborately decorated public rooms and provateapartments that can be visited.


Palazzo Vecchio (Town Hall)
Piazza della Signoria
Entrance: Full €6,50 /Reduced:€4,50
Open:9:00-23:00 / Thu,Holiday:9:00-14:00
Closed:31/Dec, Easter, 15/08, 25/12
Its one of the most important secular buidings in Florence.
Palazzo Vecchio was contructed in the late 13th/early 14th century in order to house the government offices for the newly formed Florentine Republic. The architect of the Palazzo Vecchio was Arnolfo di Cambio, the architect of Florence's Duomo.


Piazza del Duomo
Its located in the heart of the historic center of Florence.
Here we can find the Cathedral (Duomo) with the Cupola del Brunelleschi, the Giotto's Campanille and the Florence Baptistery.

Il Duomo (Dome) - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza Duomo
Entrance: Free
Open:10:00-17:00
             Thu-10:00-16:30, Sat-10:00-16:45
             Sun,Holiday-13:30-16:45
             1/Jan,Easter,25/Dec:15:30-16:45
Closed:06/Jan   website
Florence's most popular site is it's Duomo (cathedral), the Cathedral de Santa Maria del Fiore. The huge Gothic dome was begun in 1296, consecrated in 1436, and holds 20,000 people. It's exterior, made of green, pink, and white marble, has several elaborate doors and interesting statues. Inside, Brunelleschi's Dome is a masterpiece of construction.

Can climbing the 463 steps to the top of the Dome on foot ( no lift)
Time booking is mandatory to access Brunelleschi's Dome.


Campanile - Giotto's Bell Tower
Open:8:15-17:00   (8:15-19:00 Sabato, Domenica)
Closed:31/Dec, Easter, 8/Sep, 25/Dec
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The Campanile (bell tower), the first story was designed by Giotto and it is commonly called Giotto's Campanile.   Its 84,70m high with 414 stairs can climb on foot(no lift).


The Baptistery
Piazza Duomo(Piazza San Giovanni)
Open: Monday-Friday 8.15-10.15/ 11.15-19.30
Saturday 8.15-18.30 (Sun,1st Sat of Month:8.15 -13:30)
Closed:31/Dec, Easter, 15/08, 25/12
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The Baptistery of Hohn the Baptist is one of Florence's oldest buildings, from the 11th century. It's exterior is made of green and white marble and has three sets of amazing bronze doors (reproductions - the originals are in the Duomo Museum, also worth a visit). Inside, you can see some mosaics and a marble pavement of the zodiac.


Ponte Vecchio (old bridge)
The ponte Vecchio , built in 1345, war Florence's first bridge across the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence's medieval days (others were destroyed in World War II). The Ponte Vecchio is still lined with shops selling gold and silver jewelry. From the bridge, you'll have a great view along the Arno River.
 







 
 
 
 


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