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If you are in Florence for the first time, I suggest you to start with the Florence walking tour experience. This is a pleasant walk around the historic centre to appreciate the air of culture and history that you can breathe in every corner and get to know more about Renaissance architecture.
Our tour will start from Piazza San Giovanni, where the majestic Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore crowned by the largest dome ever built in the world, Giotto bell tower and the Baptistery of Saint Joan stand.
We will walk through a muddle of dark and narrow streets, surrounded by the centuries-old house-tower, in order to admire also that hidden soul of Florence, and the Medieval heart of the city where Dante Alighieri was born.
We will continue along Piazza della Signoria to enter into the political district of Florence whose symbol is Palazzo Vecchio, ancient residence of the Medici Family and today city hall as well as important art museum.
The square itself can be considered as an open-air museum, filled by wonderful statutes of the 15th and 16th century, such as the well-known copy of Michelangelo’s David.
We will keep walking until we get to Ponte Vecchio, also called the Old Bridge, the symbol of the city which survived many catastrophic events such as several floods of the Arno River and the devastation of the Second World War. Today horde of tourist’s crowd into the bridge and pass through it to admire the shop windows of goldsmiths and jewelry stores, which have more than 400 years of history.
Our walk cannot end without trying to seek for luck with another symbol of Florence: the boar statue, that we call “Fontana del Porcellino”. Located between the Old Bridge and Piazza della Repubblica, it is a must-see stop for tourists thanks to an old legend that I will tell you only when we meet, while we enjoy our amazing walk.
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