Piazza Strozzi is set in front of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence . Built by the powerful Strozzi family in an attempt to rival the Medici, the large palazzo was designed by Giuliano da Sangallo and shows the influence of the earlier Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, which is also simple and restrained. The Palazzo is free to tour, except during exhibitions. To learn more, visit www.palazzostrozzi.org.
Il Duomo (or The Dome) refers to the dominating feature of the Florence Cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore that has come to symbolize Florence. The central figure of the skyline of Florence, Italy, the cathedral is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is still the largest brick dome in the world. To learn more about the Florence Cathedral, visit www.operaduomo.firenze.it.
Santa Maria Novella Main Train Station
Stazione di Santa Maria Novella (Firenze SMN) is Florence's main regional and international train stations. More than 50 million people travel in and out of the Florence railway station each year. Located on the northern edge of the city, the station is part of the new high speed rail line to Bologna, which opened in 2009.
Piazza della Repubblica (or Republic Square in English) has been Florence's main city square since ancient times, when it was the site of the first forum. Framed by a grand arch, today the bustling city centre square is home to landmarks like the Column of Abundance, noted cafes, and elegant hotels.
Ponte Vecchio literally means “Old Bridge” and is the oldest surviving bridge crossing the Arno. Built in 1345, the landmark bridge was used by Cosimo I to cross between his home, the Palazzo Pitti, and his offices (the present-day Uffizi Galleries) without being exposed to assassination attempts. Later Medici evicted the butchers who had been tenants and installed goldsmiths in the bridge to avoid the smells of the meats. Today, the Ponte Vecchio is still home to Florentine goldsmiths.