Prior to the 1966 flood of the Arno River, a visit to the interior of Florence’s Duomo was a chance to see the cathedral’s collection of in situ artwork. After the flood, however, when the art treasures were recovered and restored, when all the mud was removed, much of the artwork was moved to the nearby Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral.
The Duomo in Florence is the city’s historic heart, but it’s not the only important structure on the piazza. The cathedral’s free-standing bell tower, or campanile, is equally beautiful and offers view-seekers a chance to get an almost-bird’s eye view of the famous red-tiled cathedral dome. Here’s what you need to know about climbing Giotto’s bell tower.
If you’re at all interested in the world of fashion, chances are good that you’ve heard of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. What you may not know is that, in addition to the Ferragamo company being based in Florence, the city is also home to the Ferragamo Museum. It’s open to visitors and an interesting look at fashion history.
The latest in the continuing saga of Robert Langdon’s adventures in the world of art history is set largely in the city of Florence. Dan Brown’s “Inferno” wasn’t the major hit of “The Da Vinci Code,” but Brown’s (and Langdon’s) fans happily followed along on this romp, too.
Italy is the ideal place to indulge your inner gourmet, and few cities reward that agenda better than Florence. Florence offers multiple options for day trips into wine country, cooking classes in Tuscan villas, historic markets, food festivals, and more. Here are some of the things to do if you’d like to add a foodie flavor to your Florence trip.
Eating is a popular pastime in Florence, whether you’re a traveler or a resident. There’s some variety to be sampled, including Italian imports from other regions, but if you really want to taste the best of the city’s cuisine then you’ve got to eat these famous Florence foods.
Not every city with a river running through it embraces that waterway – but the Arno River is at the heart of Florence and has been for centuries. The river cuts right through the historic center of the city, so it stands to reason that there would also be a number of historic bridges crossing from one side to the other, right? Well, yes and no.
I’ve always associated Florence with elaborate frescos, classic art and Renaissance architecture. Food, I thought, was best sampled in Rome or Milan, were fine, traditional cuisine is a given. I could not have been more wrong! As I discovered whilst experiencing the Florence Gourmet Food Tour , Florentine gourmet products share the same striking history and artisan quality as their famous counterparts.
A quick glance at a map will tell you that Florence can’t really be a cruise port. It’s on a river, sure, but it’s too far inland for the big Mediterranean cruise ships to reach. It’s a stop listed on many cruise itineraries, though, so how do they do it? The Florence cruise port is in the Tuscan coastal city of Livorno, a little over an hour from Florence by train. If you’ve been to Florence and are interested in exploring a less visited Italian city, here’s what to know about visiting Livorno.
There are enough statues and other pieces of artwork in Florence that you might overlook the bronze pig at the Mercato Nuovo – but if you’re superstitious and want to return to Florence, you’d be smart to seek out the Fontana del Porcellino (the Piglet Fountain) to make an offering.