IN AND AROUND BY CAR
3- 4 hours sightseeing tour by
comfortable a/c M.B. sedan or van, the most comfortable way
to visit in and around the medieval city. We start to stop
on top of the enchanting “Piazzale Michelangelo” hill, one
of the most beautiful and famous panoramic view above
Florence. In the centre of the square we can admire the
XVIIIIC bronze copy, of the original DAVID by MICHELANGELO
BUONARROTI. The original is inside the Academy Gallery, P.za
Poggi architect designed the square as well a kind of gift,
to the Florentines, from the city hall.
The view is really gorgeous, from the square you can
understand very well the location of the walled historical
centre, the medieval FLORENTIA, setting down the Arno valley.
The Arno river divide the city in two banks: the Left or
Oltrarno, and the Right, where the Roman founded Florentia.
Left the square we drive back down the walled historical
centre of Florence, to enjoy the most interesting
masterpieces, to discover the Oltrarno (the left bank of the
Arno river), the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Garden, driving
around the medieval Borghi of San Frediano and Santo
Spirito. We cross the river to reach the right bank, Santa
Croce, San Marco, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Duomo
square and Signoria square.
We do one stop in the exact centre of the city: Piazza
della Repubblica. This square was the Roman Forum, in the
centre of the square there is the Colonna dell’Abbondanza,
XVC, on top one statue by Donatello. The column sign the
meeting point between the DECUMANO and the CARDUS, the
ideals lines to link the North to South and East to West.
Around the Decumano and the Cardo the Roman built the first
fortification and the four gates of the ancient FLORENTIA.
On our shoulders the religious centre: the main religious
centre, Duomo square and San Giovanni square, the XIIIC
Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, the 4th largest in the
world, and the VIIIC San Giovanni Baptistery.
From the square we go straight to the Ponte Vecchio, but
first we visit the political centre of the city, today a
kind of live museum: Signoria Square. The XIIIC Palazzo
Vecchio, still today the city hall. In front to the entrance
of the Palace, the original spot of the statue of David, the
masterpieces by Michelangelo. Today, the original statue
replaced by a white marble copy. Linked to the Palace, the
Uffizi Gallery museum, the named XIVC Loggia dei Lanzi or
dell’Orcagna or della Signoria. Under the open Loggia same
famous statues: Cellini’s Perseus, the Rape of the Sabine
Women by Giambologna, Hercules and the Centaur by
Giambologna and six Classic Roman statues brought from Rome.
After our short city tour you will be able to walk around
the city by yourself.
hours walking tour inside the ancient city centre, the area
around Duomo square, the Signoria square and the Ponte
Vecchio to see the wonderful Romanesque and gothic churches,
the charming historical Renaissance palaces and private