Piazza della Signoria
Continuing on towards the river Arno from Piazza Duomo, we reach the political and cultural hub of the Florentine city states and then Renaissance era: Piazza della Signoria.
The austere and striking Palazzo Vecchio stands tall, alongside the monumental beauty of the Equestrian Statue of Cosimo I and the Fountain of Neptune.
Palazzo Vecchio is the best representation of 14th century local architecture and is one of the most well known civil buildings in Italy. On the main ashlar worked facade, the Tower of Arnolfo is one of the city's main symbols. The structure is divided into three main levels with two rows of neo-gothic marble two light mullioned windows and trefoil arches.
The Loggia dei Lanzi (Lodge of the Lancers) serves as a stage for the many important statues of artistic relevance.
The most significant masterwork is the Perseo by Benvenuto Cellini, however it is also possible to admire Hercules and the Centaur by Gianbologna, Ratto di Polissena by sculptor Pio Fedi, in addition to other Roman sculptures from the era.
Moving on, we reach the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums in the world, offering a journey through the excellence of Italian art and more, from Masaccio to Leonardo Da Vinci, from Michelangelo to Botticelli.
Close by, visitors can enjoy the Bargello Museum and the Basilica of Santa Croce.
Finally, after crossing the Ponte Vecchio, lined by typical goldsmith's workshops, we reach Palazzo Pitti and the characteristic zone of Oltrarno, admiring in amazement the many goldsmiths' workshops and coloured houses looking over the river Arno.