Centro Storico
Centro Storico
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Bound by its medieval walls, the historic center of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to its most culturally important buildings.
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The area
Neighborhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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  • LisaEstella
    Adelaide, Australia888 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take time to take it in
    This was our second visit to this area. We visited in 2014 with teenagers and again on an Intrepid tour. Great perspective and a wonderful insight into history. Take the time to sit and people watch. Allow an hour or more to browse around and admire the architecture. Just watch your valuables when you’re distracted, pick pockets are watching and looming.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Ian H
    Toronto, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another great visit
    I have made several visits to Florence and every time I see something new and exciting. This area is surrounded by galleries, restaurants and vibrant piazzas. It is a great place to sit and watch the world go by while enjoying a great lunch or just an espresso and biscotti.
    Visited February 2023
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Ken T
    Glen Oaks, New York609 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic area of Florence
    This historic city center is beautiful and a must see while in Florence. Everything is well preserved and gives you a detailed insight of western civilization. Of course, the crowds are very large for this historic area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Herbert C
    898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Epicenter of the Renaissance Movement
    It is well-known that Florence was at the epicenter of the Renaissance Movement that swept across Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and no parts of the city better captures these remarkable cultural and scholarly pursuits than Centro Storico, the historic centre of Florence. Deservedly recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the work of great Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Brunelleschi and Botticelli are evident within the 505 hectares historic centre bounded by the remains of the city's 14th-century walls (represented by surviving forts, towers and gates) and dissected by the River Arno - from the Florence Cathedral and Basilica di Santa Croce to the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace. Interspersed amongst these historic icons of Florence are hundreds of elegant boutiques, cafes, lively street markets and nightclubs as modern lifestyles fuse seamlessly with the cultural and artistic heritage of this Renaissance City. No other place on this planet has such a rich concentration of the legacy of the Renaissance period, which makes it all the more that Florence should rank amongst the top of your travel bucket list!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 18, 2024
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Richard Wong
Hong Kong, China52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Wonderfully beautiful architecture.

When you stroll around, don't forget to slow down and appreciate the amazing buskers or painters. They bring the artistic Florence alive.

Learning the history of the Renaissance and the Medici family will bring a fresh angle to see Florence.
Written July 23, 2022
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Herbert C
898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It is well-known that Florence was at the epicenter of the Renaissance Movement that swept across Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and no parts of the city better captures these remarkable cultural and scholarly pursuits than Centro Storico, the historic centre of Florence. Deservedly recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the work of great Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Brunelleschi and Botticelli are evident within the 505 hectares historic centre bounded by the remains of the city's 14th-century walls (represented by surviving forts, towers and gates) and dissected by the River Arno - from the Florence Cathedral and Basilica di Santa Croce to the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace. Interspersed amongst these historic icons of Florence are hundreds of elegant boutiques, cafes, lively street markets and nightclubs as modern lifestyles fuse seamlessly with the cultural and artistic heritage of this Renaissance City. No other place on this planet has such a rich concentration of the legacy of the Renaissance period, which makes it all the more that Florence should rank amongst the top of your travel bucket list!
Written February 19, 2024
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Jo_and_Tom
Anna, OH1,682 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Granted Florence has street markets which are typical of tourist areas, it also has very high quality stores which you will spend 1000 euro's plus for their merchandise. Bergamo moved back to Florence from US and bought one of these Merchant Palaces as it headquarters with a shop on the bottom. 1400 Euro's for shoes were just a little more than my pay grade were in the window. Because of virus, there were more store personnel than shoppers so they almost looked like vultures waiting for the kill. It is interesting but wife and I aren't into name brand high fashion.
Written April 8, 2020
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This review is basically the whole of the tourist area of town. Of course it is awesome, how could it not rate a five. Everything you could want to see about Florence is here. I spent four days here walking all over this area. The museums, churches, art, architecture, and people are phenomenal.
Written February 22, 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The area covers Piazza Marco, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce and Santo Spirit. There are many upscale and expensive shops. We went there to get a feel of the atmosphere. We too had a panoramic view of the place from Michaelangelo's square.
Written March 17, 2020
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LisaEstella
Adelaide, Australia888 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This was our second visit to this area. We visited in 2014 with teenagers and again on an Intrepid tour. Great perspective and a wonderful insight into history. Take the time to sit and people watch. Allow an hour or more to browse around and admire the architecture. Just watch your valuables when you’re distracted, pick pockets are watching and looming.
Written June 6, 2023
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Ian H
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I have made several visits to Florence and every time I see something new and exciting. This area is surrounded by galleries, restaurants and vibrant piazzas. It is a great place to sit and watch the world go by while enjoying a great lunch or just an espresso and biscotti.
Written August 24, 2023
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Ken T
Glen Oaks, NY609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
This historic city center is beautiful and a must see while in Florence. Everything is well preserved and gives you a detailed insight of western civilization. Of course, the crowds are very large for this historic area.
Written September 30, 2023
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Jake23
New Jersey6,523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The historical center of Florence is magical. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. There is so much history, architecture, and such amazing food. There are high end shops and delicious restaurants on every street. Florence is a must see at least once in your life!
Written August 1, 2021
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Dante Alighieri's fantastic verses describe all the beauty of Florence.
“E come l’volger del ciel della luna / cuopre e riscopre i liti sanza posa, / così fa di Fiorenza la Fortuna: / per che non dee parer mirabil cosa / ciò ch’io dirò delli alti Fiorentini / onde è la fama nel tempo nascosa.” (Dante Alighieri).
"And as he loved the moonlit sky / covering and rediscovering it, he doesn't argue / so does Fortune's Fiorenza: / for which it doesn't seem miraculous / what shall I say about the high Florentines / waves of hidden time." (Dante Alighieri).
The fantastic Florence was built at an Etruscan settlement and at the subsequent ancient Roman colony, Florentia (founded in 59 BC). This Tuscan city became one of the symbols of the Renaissance during the early Medici period (between the 15th and 16th centuries), reaching extraordinary levels of economic and cultural development. The Historic Center of Florence brings an exceptional testimony, both as a merchant city of the Middle Ages and as a Renaissance city. The 700 years of extraordinary cultural and artistic flourishing in Florence are clearly visible in the fourteenth-century cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in the Church of Santa Croce, in the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.The history of the city is even more evident in the works of art of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo. The historic center of Florence can be perceived as a center of singular social and urban relevance, the result of a persistent and lasting creativity that affects museums, churches, palaces and works of art of immeasurable value. Florence has preserved intact streets, fortified buildings ( Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Spini, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo della Signoria), loggias (Loggia del Bigallo, Loggia dei Lanzi, Loggia degli Innocenti and Mercato Nuovo), fountains and Ponte Vecchio, the wonderful 14th century bridge century lined with shops. The trades, organized in guilds, have left exceptional monuments such as Orsanmichele. From the fourteenth to the seventeenth century Florence exercised strong economic and political power in Europe. During this period, prestigious buildings were built that testify to the magnificence of its bankers and its principles: Palazzo Rucellai, Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Gondi, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Palazzo Pandolfini, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, not to mention the Sacristy of San Lorenzo, the Medici funeral chapels, the Laurentian Library and others.
Written August 17, 2020
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