Piazza del Campo – The heart of Siena

Piazza del Campo is the main square and the proud heart of Siena. Its Gothic architecture and Medieval soul has changed little over the centuries. “Il Campo”, which means “the field” is the ideal spot to observe passing Sienese life, and take in its beautifully preserved Medieval atmosphere. Along with the Cathedral, Piazza del Campo is… Read more »

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Piazza della Signoria

One of the most elegant squares in the whole of Italy, Piazza della Signoria is as grand and fascinating as its tumultuous history. This square is the perfect place to soak up the city’s atmosphere, even if you’ll be doing it with hundreds of other tourists. For a quieter experience, take a stroll there in the evening, and… Read more »

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San Miniato al Monte Church

The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte is famous for its elegant Romanesque architecture and splendid interior. And the views aren’t bad either. San Miniato al Monte guards the city from up a hill, a few steps up from Piazzale Michelangelo, the terrace with the best view over Florence. There’s a steep flight of stairs to… Read more »

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San Domenico Church – See the relic of Saint Catherine

San Domenico Church in Siena is an obligatory stop for devotees of Saint Catherine. It is in fact the resting place of the saint’s head. A macabre testimonial to medieval religious zeal, and a chance to get to know more about the patron saint of Italy. This massive red brick Gothic building on the top… Read more »

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Santa Trinita Church

Step inside Santa Trinita Church located in Piazza Santa Trinita and enjoy some superb frescoes by Ghirlandaio, the Renaissance painter of the VIPs. One reason to visit this church could simply be its position. It lies nearby the lovely Santa Trinita Bridge. And it’s the beginning of the super chic Via Tornabuoni. But inside you’ll… Read more »

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San Lorenzo Church

Harmonious Renaissance architecture and the Medici’s tombs are highlights of a visit to San Lorenzo. The bulky form of San Lorenzo church stands in a busy neighbourhood, near the market. This is the place to come to soak up some Medici family history. This is the church where the family would come to pray, keep their… Read more »

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Orsanmichele Church

A few steps from Piazza Signoria in Florence, the Gothic oratory church of Orsanmichele is an unusual and atmospheric place, that at one time used to be a granary. Entrance is free. A walk along the Via Calzaioli takes you past the elaborate facades of Orsanmichele. It’s an expression of late Gothic exuberance, with fourteen statues… Read more »

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Santa Croce Church | See Michelangelo’s burial place

The much loved complex of Santa Croce is a Gothic masterpiece, with splendid frescoes by Giotto and his pupil Taddeo Gaddi. There are two cloisters, and the famous Pazzi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi for the Pazzi family that plotted against the Medici and paid dearly for it. This church is much loved by the Florentines… Read more »

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Santa Maria Novella Church

Santa Maria Novella Church is a hidden gem in Florence with splendid facades, frescoes and peaceful cloisters. Situated just outside Santa Maria Novella train station and overlooking a busy square, this exquisite complex has one of the best looking facades of all Florentine churches. Filled with splendid frescoes, including the ones in the 14th century cloister,… Read more »

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Piazzale Michelangelo | Best view of Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo is terrace above Florence that offers a superb panorama of the city. Come for the breathtaking views of Florence, and stay for a visit to San Miniato al Monte church. A half hour walk from the city centre or a short bus trip along the Viale dei Colli, this panoramic point is a… Read more »

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