The Bargello Sculpture Museum in Florence, is the treasure-trove of Italian Renaissance sculpture hosting great artworks by Verrocchio, Donatello, Michelangelo, Giambologna and other important masters. It is an uncrowded museum and a pleasant break from the more packed places of Florence. This threatening castle was built in the 13th century as the headquarters of the city governors and the police chief and used for centuries as a prison.
The Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence are indissolubly connected with the history of the city. The piazza has always been a public gathering point and the most important civic square in Florence. The square is breath-taking and it has always been the focus of civic activity.
Santa Croce in Florence is one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhood. It encompasses several fascinating museums, the city’s synagogue, lively markets and piazzas, the National Library and the impressive church that gives it the name. Even if you’re tired of church-hopping, Santa Croce in Florence has a great deal to offer: a museum, beautiful courtyards, famous paintings and a multitude of illustrious tombs and memorials.
Florence’s oldest church, the Basilica di San Lorenzo is today mainly famous for the many wonderful museums it includes. Despite its rough front, the church has a harmonious interior whose gracefulness is quintessential Florentine Renaissance architecture.