110 km from hotel Il Negresco
Florence, city of art par excellence, overlooking the banks of the River Arno. With rich and powerful family De 'Medici, and in particular the figure of Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Florence became the driving force of the new trends from all points of view: artistic, philosophical, cultural and political. Hence, the phase of Humanism and the Renaissance, which indicated their rebirth of civilization after the barbarism of the Middle Ages. Florence is an authentic open-air museum, with its priceless art and cultural heritage, the historic center of Florence was in 1982, introduced among the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO. All the monuments that characterize this city are of major importance, commissioned by the most powerful families and by the greatest artists of all time: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Brunelleschi dome, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce. One of the most fascinating and full of history is Piazza della Signoria, which has always been the heart of the social and political life of the city. Also a must do is to walk in the Vasari Corridor, a raised path that connects Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti, crossing the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. Among other things, legend has it that it was the beautiful view out from the middle of Ponte Vecchio, which persuaded Hitler to save the bridge from the bombings of the Nazis during the Second World War.