Centre District, Florence, Italy


If you are a visitor to Florence, Italy you must be certain to spend some time in the Centre District. Many of the city’s most impressive sights are here in the center of the city, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see them for yourself. Conveniently, the district is not very spread-out, so you can see several fantastic landmarks within just a few blocks of each other. If you have only a day to spend in Florence, this would be an excellent place to spend it since you will be able to see so much in such a short time.
The Duomo, Centre District, Florence, ItalyThe Cathedral, otherwise known as the Duomo, is found in the center of Florence, along with the baptistry. Its proper title in English is the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower, and the cathedral reflects that lovely name. Along with the richly ornamental doors and the finely sculptured marble walls, the cathedral boasts 44 gorgeous stained glass windows created in the 1300s and 1400s. Construction on the cathedral began more than seven centuries ago, and several noted artists and architects had a hand in the design of this beautiful building whose golden dome towers over central Florence.

The Cathedral Square, or Piazza del Duomo, also includes the beautiful spectacle of Giotto’s Bell Tower, a splendid example of Gothic architecture, and the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral, which houses magnificent works of art connected with the cathedral, including the handiwork of Michaelangelo and Donatello. With its rich history, this is a definite must-see for any art enthusiast.

Another impressive sight in this district of Florence is the Ponte Vecchio, which is the bridge that stands over the Arno River. In addition to its structural beauty, which dates back to medieval times, the bridge is notable because it is lined with shops. While many bridges of that time were similarly lined with shops, that is not the case for many bridges that stand today, so it’s especially fun to wander these stores and buy the art, jewelry and souvenirs that is sold inside of them.

If you are planning a visit to Florence and looking for accommodation in the Centre District or all over the city, check out Oh-Florence where you can find a huge selection of apartments to suit your every need. Clearly, this central portion of Florence has a great deal to offer any visitor with a deep and abiding interest in art, culture and history, and its magnificence is such that it is likely to foster such an appreciation in others as well.


Arno River, Florence, Italy


Running through the city of Florence, Italy, the Arno River is the second most important river in Tuscany. Starting in the Appenine Mountains and flowing into the Tyrrhenian Sea, there are many notable sites for travelers to explore in Florence along this river.
One of the most famous sites associated with the Arno River is the Ponte Vecchio, an arched stone bridge last rebuilt in 1345. Withstanding many floods over the years, the bridge was a popular vending place for all sorts of merchants in medieval times, but is currently a rich piece of history housing luxurious shops.


Arno River in Florence, Italy
Much of the city of Florence’s vibrant activity is along the Arno River. Cafes, restaurants and lodging are lined along parts of the river. Whether one gets fresh made gelato or a local Florence favorite, a T-bone steak over a bed of wilted arugula topped with fresh Parmesan cheese, dining by the river will be a spectacular highlight. Lodging possibilities are numerous on the Arno River allowing a traveler to enjoy gorgeous views.
Alongside the Arno is the Belvedere Fort. Built in the sixteenth century for the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici, the fort now provides amazing views of Florence and houses artwork. Also located along or nearby the river are the Uffizi Museum that contains works by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, the palace of Padri delle Missioni and several historic churches, towers, museums and bridges.

A short walk away is the Piazza della Duomo, also known as Cathedral Square, and is the home to many tourist attractions in Florence and the location of the city’s most famous cathedral. Overlooking Florence, Michelangelo’s Square offers breathtaking views of the city and the Arno River, especially at sunset.
Another way to enjoy all the beautiful city of Florence has to offer, especially if time is short, is taking a river cruise. When the weather is warm, being kissed by the summer breeze aboard a romantic evening cruise along the Arno with the magnificent city in the background will be a delightful memory relived over and over for years to come.
The Arno River in and of itself is an attraction. Enjoy an indulgently relaxing walk alongside the river soaking in the beauty of Florence. The river is also a popular location for taking photographs.