About Sonia C
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2013
35-49 year old female
I am passionate about travelling, foreign cultures and languages. I spent quite a lot of my life in Milan and I really feel at home here!
Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues, Sacred & Religious Sites
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
Art Museums, Speciality Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
The Church of Santa Maria Novella is very close to the main railway station (Firenze SMN), and is one of the most important and visited churches in Florence. The interior, designed in the shape of a Latin Cross, has beautiful chapels on each side, while a majestic Romanic bell tower lies adjacent to the church, and the cloisters feature frescoes by famous Renaissance artists. You cannot miss 'Trinity,' the last work by Italian artist Masaccio, especially important for its perspective technique and its use of light. Two other masterpieces on display here are the magnificent and realistic 'Crucifix,' by Giotto and the wooden 'Crucifix' by Brunelleschi.
Mercato Centrale offers a wide selection of typical local food and drinks. Here, you have the unique opportunity to taste the best that Tuscany has to offer, including its famous extra virgin oil, wine and Florentine steak. There are also amazing options on offer for vegetarians, like famous 'panzanella' (a tomato salad made with Tuscan bread), 'pappa col pomodoro' (a fresh tomato soup), legume soups and a variety of simple vegetable dishes. Tuscany is also renowned for its sweets, and you shouldn’t miss the 'cantuccini' on sale here — almond biscuits that are typically served with a Tuscan dessert wine called 'Vin Santo' to dip them into.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is located in Duomo Square and is one of the main touristic attractions in Florence. The church is the fourth biggest in the world and a great example of Gothic architecture, most famous for its Dome designed by Italian Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Polychrome marble was used to cover the sumptuous exterior, the same coating material used for the adjacent Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower, while the interior of the Cathedral is enriched with floors in precious colored marble, which help to create its unique atmosphere.
Giotto’s Bell Tower, by famous Italian artist Giotto, is one of the most beautiful bell towers in Italy. Its grandeur dominates Duomo Square, together with the Cathedral and the Baptistery, and its 84.7 meter-tall stature is covered with precious polychrome marble.
The octagonal Baptistery is dedicated to Saint John, Florence’s Patron Saint. It is one of the oldest churches in Florence, and was once the place where new-born babies were traditionally baptized. You cannot help but admire its amazing mosaic ceiling and the three precious bronze doors adorning the building — the so-called 'Paradise Gate' is the one facing the cathedral.
This small local favorite offers a wealth of options for a delicious meal — a perfect stop for lunch!
This famous square is quite close to Ponte Vecchio and is one of the most recognizable symbols of Florence. The main building dominating the square is Palazzo Vecchio, the city's town hall. In the center of the square, you can admire the Fountain of Neptune and a copy of famous sculpture 'David' by artist Michelangelo Bonarroti.
Pitti Palace is, first and foremost, a beautiful Renaissance building that was once the residence of the Gran Duchy of Tuscany. Today, it is also home to one of the most famous museums in Italy. Several paintings by famous artists like Raphael and Titian can be admired here in the museum's Palatine Gallery, and you can also visit the fourteen luxurious rooms of the Royal Apartments, a Gallery of Modern Art, a Costume Gallery, a Porcelain Gallery and a Carriage Museum. At the end of your tour don't miss the Boboli Gardens, the beautiful park beside Palazzo Pitti, that looks like an open air gallery, filled with a wide collection of interesting sculptures.
One of the most famous museums of painting in the world, the Uffizi Gallery displays great works by Giotto, Leonardo, Botticelli, Mantegna, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian and many more. In fact, you may want to plan a second trip to Florence in order to have more time to explore them all properly!
This beautiful ancient bridge is one of the most famous symbols of Florence. When it was first built, all kinds of shops could be found along it, but in the 16th century, a decree ordered that only jewelers and goldsmiths be allowed to run their business here, and this tradition has survived until today. Rather an odd tourist landmark, Ponte Vecchio has closed sides and is almost entirely covered, but is nevertheless admired by visitors from all over the world.
Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular square dedicated to genius Michelangelo Buonarroti, and is the perfect option if you are looking for a place with great views of Florence. It is located on the south bank of the Arno river, and from here you can see all the main touristic spots and take some amazing pictures to show friends and family back home.