We are not going to look at the Duomo, or on the romantic Vecchio bridge. Nor in the fabulous museums of the city, nor in its palaces. We want to show you those other treasures of Florence that are also worth a visit, or sometimes just a look, and also part of the essence of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Ready?
1. Le MurateLe Murate - Michele Buzzi / Shutterstock.com
Life goes around a lot, in all aspects, and an example is that of this building. It was built in 1424 as a monastery of Benedictine nuns. Since the mid-nineteenth century, and for more than 100 years, it served as a prison. And, recently it is a residential building and a place dedicated to culture. In fact, here you will find a lively literary coffee.
2. Treasures of Florence: Farmaceutica di Santa Maria NovellaPharmaceutical Santa Maria Novella- Robert Kimberly / Flickr.com
It is considered the oldest pharmacy in Europe. Its origin dates back to the thirteenth century, when Dominican monks began to make ointments and medicines with the plants they grew in the monastery. Over the years, the demand grew so much that in 1612 they opened this establishment to the public, and since then it has not stopped working. You can see the old facilities and buy from fragrances to soaps or skin products.
3. BertaBerta - vvoe
This head that appears between the walls of the church of Santa María Maggiore has its legend. He says that this woman was looking out when she saw a condemned man go to the stake. He asked her for water, but she replied that if she drank she would not burn. The man, who had been convicted of witchcraft, replied that she would never get her head out of where she was. It seems that the curse was fulfilled ...
4. The TimelyL'Importuno - Patrycia Schweiss
On one of the walls of the Palazzo Vecchio you will find another curious figure. Legend has it that it is a portrait carved in stone by Michelangelo himself. Why did he do it? There are several versions, the most popular account he made while he endured the boring conversation of a Florentine citizen, hence the name with which the face was baptized.
5. The most beautiful sunsetSanta Trinita Bridge - Kirill Neiezhmakov
Watching sunset in Florence is a spectacle, but they say that One of the best places to watch the sunset is the Santa Trinitá bridge. However, it is worth crossing at any time, since from it you can see one of the most beautiful images of another bridge, the Vecchio bridge.
6. The secret passageVasarian Corridor - Darren & Brad / Flickr.com
And we go precisely to the Vecchio bridge to tell you a little secret. About him there a passage that goes directly from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti. It was Cosme de Medici who had it built so that he could cross from one side of the Arno to the other without having to mix with people. The Vasarian Corridor is today a magnificent art gallery.
7. Eternal rest of illustrious charactersBasilica of the Santa Croce - Serge LAROCHE / Flickr.com
We are going to one of the treasures of Florence that you should not miss. In the Basilica of Santa Croce are the graves of more than 300 relevant characters in Italian history, from Galileo Galilei to Dante, Machiavelli, Rossini or Michelangelo. That, not to mention the magnificent frescoes of Giotto, Brunelleschi and Donatello that decorate it.
8. Looking for good luckPorcellino - MAVRITSINA IRINA
If on your walk you see a small fountain with a wild boar, stand up. It is the Fontana del Porcellino and you will see that it has a bright nose. Imagine then what you have to do. Yes, you must first rub it, and then put a coin through the animal's mouth. If the coin falls into the pile and sneaks through the slit through which the water falls, you will be lucky. So you already know!
9. A secret gardenGiardino dei Semplici - Andreas Jungherr / Flickr.com
This is one of the treasures of Florence that few know. The city has wonderful parks, but the Giardino dei Semplici has something special. It is a small botanical garden founded in the 16th century where you will see native and medicinal plants, but, above all, where you will find all the peace that you may miss on your walk through Florence.
10. To regain strengthCentral Market - EQRoy / Shutterstock.com
The Central Market is one of the places in Florence that will surprise you and you will love it. An old nineteenth-century market of transformed iron structure and converted into space for authentic gourmets. On the ground floor you can buy products of all kinds and on the top you will find restaurants to eat fancy.