Florence Journals

Arte Firenze

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An April 2007 trip to Florence by artslover

Baptistry (Of Saint John) Photo, More Photos
Quote: A day trip enjoying art in Florence.

Cantinetta Antinori

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Restaurant

Cantinetta Antinori Photo, Florence, Italy
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This restaurant was highly recommended to us so we went for lunch although we had a limited amount of time because we had booked a tour of the Uffizi.Cantinetta means small wine cellar. This restaurant's unusual feature is its wines. Cantinetta Antinori is a small restaurant in the center of Florence housed in Palazzo Antinori. It's owned by the famous Antinori wine making family. The family also happen to be aristocrats. Famous wines, titles, wealth, property in the middle of Florence -- some people have it all, don't they? The interior courtyard has displays of the many vinyards owned by the Antinori family. The restaurant features every wine that Antinori makes and no other labels.W...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2007

Cantinetta Antinori
Piazza degli Antinori, 3
Florence, Italy
+39 (055) 292234

Baptistry (Of Saint John)

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Attraction | "Florence Cathedral, Baptistery and Bell Tower "

Baptistry (Of Saint John) Photo,
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Florence is so full of magnificent art, it amazed me that my eyes didn't pop right out of my head. What makes Florence even more amazing is that much of the art is available for viewing without paying anything or even going inside a building.In the Piazza del Duomo are three buildings, each of which is a feast for the eyes. The Cathedral, more commonly known as Il Duomo for its famous dome, and the Baptistery of Florence stand in a huge rectangular area and occupy two separate but communicating squares: Piazza del Duomo and Piazza San Giovanni. Piazza del Duomo contains the basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, the third largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Pau...Read More

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Baptistry (Of Saint John)
Piazza Duomo
Florence, Italy

Loggia dei Lanzi

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Attraction

Loggia dei Lanzi Photo, Florence, Italy
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In the movie, "A Room with a View", Judy Dench's character sets a scene of her novel in the Loggia dei Lanzi. I've always imagined it is because the name sounds so romantic. The reality is romantic as well - a open air gallery of classical and mannerist art available to every visitor to Florence.The Loggia dei Lanzi, also called the Loggia della Signoria, is on a corner of the famous and popular Piazza della Signoria. The name dates back to the reign of Grand Duke Cosimo I, when it was used to house his formidable landsknechts (In Italian: "Lanzichenecchi", corrupted to Lanzi), or German mercenary pikemen. After the construction of the Uffizi at the rear of the Loggia, the roof was modified an...Read More

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Loggia dei Lanzi
Piazza della Signoria
Florence, Italy 50122

Orsanmichele

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Attraction

Orsanmichele Photo,
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While walking in central Florence, you will likely stroll past Orsanmichele. It is on one of the busy streets full of great shops. A visitor doesn't even need to go inside Orsanmichele to enjoy the art. If you want to go in, it is open Monday through Sunday from 9am to noon and from 4pm to 6pm. Compared to other religious buildings from the same period, this 14th century church is somewhat unusual in design. Rectangular in shape, with two naves, it looks more like a grain store. That's because when it was built, it was to be a grain market, but later in the 14th century, it was transformed into a church. As a church, it became a powerful symbol for the city guilds. Those guilds ...Read More

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Orsanmichele
Via Calzaiuoli, 15
Florence, Italy 50122

Piazza della Signoria

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Attraction

Piazza della Signoria Photo, Florence, Italy
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Piazza della Signoria has been the political heart of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day. For a visitor, it is a free outdoor museum.It gets its name from the most important monument there, Palazzo della Signoria, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1298-99 for the seat of the Republican government. The palace continued to maintain this politically representative function in the city during the reign of the Medici and later under Duke Cosimo I, who lived here between 1540 and 1565, commissioning his court architect, Giorgio Vasari, to double the building in size. When the Grand Duke and his family moved to the new palace of Pitti in 1565, Palazzo della Signoria began to be known as ...Read More

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Piazza della Signoria
In Front of the Palazzo Vecchio
Florence, Italy

Santa Maria Novella

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Attraction | "Santa Maria Novella Train Station"

Santa Maria Novella Photo, Florence, Italy
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The train station is not a tourist site exactly, but it may definitely be on your list of places to go because you want to get to and from Florence. Knowing some details about the station can be a key to a better vacation. Florence has a number of train stations that link the main areas of the city, but the principle train station for national and international trains is Santa Maria Novella, (or Firenze SMN according to Trenitalia codes) located right in the city centre, in Piazza Stazione, across a busy intersection from the Santa Maria Novella Church. In general, train travel in Italy is relatively inexpensive and rapid. High-speed, long-distance trains connect Florence Santa Maria N...Read More

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Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Florence, Italy 50123
+39 055215918

Uffizi Gallery

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Attraction | "Uffizi "

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy
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This is one of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Its collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings includes several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time - an absolute must see for any art lover.The Uffizi Gallery occupies the top floor of the large building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580 to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan State - thus, the name uffizi, which means offices. The Gallery was created by Grand-duke Francesco I and subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family, who were great collectors of paintings, sculpture and works of art. We did this as a small group tour with Context Florence,...Read More

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Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 05523885