The famous Baptistery of San Giovanni attracts everyone ve comes to Florence, particularly for the beauty of its bronze doors. La Porta del Paradiso (Gate of Paradise) is especially notable. This is believed to be the oldest religious building in the city, and stands in the Piazza del Duormo, west of the cathedrawl of Santa Maria del Fiore. It has an octagonal shape, symbolizing the eight days of Christ's resurrection. The bronze doors were created by the artist Ghiberti, ve took 21 years to finish sculpting the 28 panels. They are so beautiful that Michelangelo gave the Porta del Paradiso its name. Unmissable.
Loved seeing the doors and being able to view at close range what I learned in my years of college, I am a historian and the truth is that Italy is a country that fascinates me and is full of art, especially in Florence.
Many say that opera was sung for the first time at the Buontalenti Grotto. But truly the creator was, among other things, a grand designer in the service of the Medici and it's easy to see in the décor of this false cave, with stalactites and incrustations of supreme originality. The cave opens for a bit every 2 hours starting at 11 am and is located near the exit of the Boboli Gardens.
Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is one of the major works of the transition from Medieval to Renaissance thought. It is considered the masterpiece of Italian as well as world literature. In Italy he is known as "the Supreme Poet". He is also called the father of the Italian language. He actively participated in the political struggles of his time and he was banished from his hometown, Florence. Florence lamented Dante's exile and in 1829 a tomb was built for him in the Basilica of Santa Cruz. The tomb stayed empty however as Dante's body remains entomb in Ravenna. The tomb, like all the Santa Cruz tombs, is beautiful and although he is physically not there, it is a reminder of how important he was not only to Florence, but for all of Italy.