Florence Hotel Fani · Surroundings
Florence is a city full of flowers and perfumes, parks, gardens and unforgettable places; but above all it is a city full of monasteries and churches, art galleries and monuments, testimonies of a glorious past marked by the Renaissance and the infinite riches of the Medici family. Let's take a look at some of the sites and museums that make Florence a unique city, with a cultural and artistic heritage unparalleled in the world: all of them at walking distance from our hotel:
Uffizi Gallery: at the top floor of the Palazzo degli Uffizi, the Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world, and is home to masterpieces such as "Primavera" (Spring) and "Nascita di Venere" (Birth of Venus) by Botticelli and the '"Annunciazione" (Annunciation) by Leonardo da Vinci, as well as paintings by Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi, Piero della Francesca and Titian. The halls at the Uffizi Gallery host all the paintings that were commissioned by the Medici family.
Ask Hotel Fani to book your tickets, we suggest that you do so with a two-week notice, in order to avoid queues at the entrance, which are there all the year round.
Ponte Vecchio: the ancient Roman bridge that crosses the river Arno is famous around the world for its hand-made jewelry stores. Ponte Vecchio is one of the loveliest spots in Florence. The Corridoio Vasariano (Vasari Corridor) that embellishes the top of the bridge is now part of the Uffizi museum.
Piazza della Signoria: this square is the place where the Florentine Republic was born, and is home to the Palazzo Vecchio, a majestic Gothic fortress which is hosts the town hall of Florence. Besides being the political center of the city, the square is a true open-air museum, thanks to the copy of Michelangelo's David, the statue of Neptune and the Loggia dei Lanzi, with the famous bronze of Perseus, by Cellini.
Duomo: the most distinctive landmark in Florence's landscape is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Arnolfo di Cambio in 1926, was commissioned the construction of the "most sumptuous building that the human mind could conceive". The construction of the dome of the cathedral is one of the most incredible adventures of the Renaissance. Filippo Brunelleschi, with his extraordinary genius, gave life to the most poignant symbol of Florence. The dome is open to visitors and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city.
Giotto's bell tower: the Gothic tower created by Giotto will allow you, after going up the 414 steps, to closely observe Brunelleschi's dome and to enjoy a stunning view of the city.
Baptistery of St. John St. John's Baptistery is in Romanesque style and it is located in front of the Cathedral. It is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. Legend has it that it once was a temple dedicated to Mars. The building is characterized by a sequence of finely carved bronze doors; the doors created by Lorenzo Ghiberti have been described by Michelangelo as the "Gates of Paradise". All Catholic Florentines were baptized here until the nineteenth century.
Accademia Gallery: in the heart of Florence, just a few meters from Hotel Europa, the Accademia Art Gallery houses the paintings and sculptures of the great masters of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries that have created the reputation of Florence as a city of art. The Academy was founded in 1784 and is home to one of Florence's masterpieces most celebrated around the world: Michelangelo's David.