Best known of all of Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans on ... More
Best known of all of Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans on August 4, 1944. Over the centuries flooding unfortunately took its toll; few traces of the 10th-century bridge remain. Today's bridge, built in 1345, was filled with butcher's shops which would routinely discard the carcasses into the Arno causing quite a stench. Grand Duke Fernandino I issued an edict to replace the butchers with goldsmiths to eradicate the smell and gentrify royalty's route to Palazzo Pitti, reached via the Vasari Corridor that passes over the bridge. The tradition of padlocking things to the statue of Benvenuto Cellini, often practiced by lovers who padlock a lock to the gate of the statue and toss the key into the river, faces a fine of EUR 50!
The Medici family reserved rooms for their prestigious collection during use of the gallery as magistrate's court in the 1700s.
Made up of 40 rooms, the gallery contains works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Botticelli's Birth of Venus ...
This 14th century building was commissioned by Cosimo il Vecchio. Originally owned by the Lippi family, it passed to the
Medici family in the 15th Century and the villa saw both the birth of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his ...
Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre
eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be ...