For some, the city of Florence is, in and of itself, one giant, open-air museum. While there are many who feel that way, the city is filled with many open-air museums, making it well worth the trip for anyone who is interested in exploring rich history and culture of this amazing city.
Flying by private aircraft helps to make the trip on your terms and allows you the opportunity to make changes to your schedule if you fall in love and need to make travel arrangements to return home at a later date – something that is not easily done on traditional commercial flights. These are some of the open-air museums you might want to make a priority to visit during your visit to Florence.
Piazza della Signoria
One of the most widely photographed squares in the world, Piazza della Signoria is home to many timeless sculptures including. Consider a guided tour of the open-air museum to learn about the various sculptures and the political statements they made. Some of the sculptures you will find in the Piazza della Signoria include David by Michelangelo, Loggia dei Lanzi by Orcagna, and Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna. Do not forget to pay a visit to the Medici Lions and the Perseus statue by Benvenuto Cellini.
Located behind the Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens offer a lush landscape to explore that includes an Egyptian Obelisk, an amphitheatre, Neptune’s Fountain, Giambologna’s Abundance statue, a large pond, Isolotto, featuring a fountain by Giambologna called Ocean, and various sculptures, including three representing the Nile, Gange, and Euphrates rivers. Also in the garden is the Grotta Grande which is stunningly decorated on the inside and out with stalactites and Mannerist sculptures.
The red dome from the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is made with brick and mortar and is the largest of its kind in the world. It is likely to be the first sights you see on your approach flight into Florence. Construction on the Gothic Cathedral began near the end of the 13th Century. The Dome was added much later, during the 15th Century. At that time, the façade of the church was only partially complete. It remained that way until the 19th Century when the entire exterior was redone to represent the styles of the time.
The Museums and Churches You Must See
While the open air in Florence does provide many amazing opportunities to explore the history of the area through sculptures, fountains, statues, and more; the museums in Florence are filled with informative tours that tell the stories of people and places that have helped shape what is modern day Florence and its place in the world. Some of the museums you are sure to want to see during your trip to Florence include the following:
- San Marco Museum
- Stibbert Museum
- Stefano Bardini Museum
- The Bargello Museum
And those are just the beginning. Save time to visit many of the stunning churches and cathedrals, too. The Chapel of the Magi, the Medici Chapels, The Church of San Miniato, and The Baptistery of San Giovanni (the oldest religious site in Florence) are all great places to begin. The biggest risk is finding so much to love about your trip to Florence you will want to send your corporate jet home without you.
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