Heading back into the city center, you will visit the Academy Museum which was initiated in the 16th century as a drawing school, before being extended to a general art school now known as Accademia di Belle Arti – The Academy of Beautiful Arts. This is the home of many famous sculptures, but the real crowd pleaser is the original David by Michelangelo, created by a 26 year old Michelangelo in 1501.
From the Accademia, it is just a short stroll to Florence's City Hall, Palazzo Vecchio. Housing wondrous treasures and breathtaking frescoed ceilings, the building features a fortress and palace design. Palazzo Vecchio is located in Piazza Signoria, where you will see the third version of Michelangelo's David standing stoic amongst the gods, nearby The Fountain of Neptune and many other historic statues.
Just around the corner, you will then be guided through the Uffizi Gallery, the building of which was initiated in 1560 by Cosimo I of the famed Medici family, the last Florentine royals. Take note of the architectural innovations by Giorgio Vasari, as you enter into the one of the world's oldest and most famous museums. From artworks to jewels, the next adventure is a walk across the Ponte Vecchio arching across the River Arno – this is the most famous bridge in Florence and one of the most recognized.
Crossing the bridge, we arrive at Pitti Palace, where the last of the Medici family resided. Originally constructed by Lucca Pitti before being purchased by the Medici family, this site is now the largest museum in Florence, and the home of the Palatine Gallery that features artworks by Botticelli, Corregio, Ruben and Titian.
Another of Florence's world-famous churches is that of Santa Croce. Passing the statue of Dante, and learning why he is such a figurehead in the Florentine, and indeed, Italian history, you will enter the church to see the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli – just some of the most famous Florentines in history.
At this point, your guide will lead you back to your hotel, where your trip will end. Of course, if this has only wet your appetite for exploring Tuscany, we are more than happy to arrange additional days of touring and exploring with us throughout Tuscany!
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