Florence is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, not that a very elegant open-air museum where you can admire architectural wonders and sought-after works of art. Why not visit the historic center in an alternative and sustainable way? We have created just for this purpose a short itinerary that you can follow on board BIT.

Our discovery tour of Florence begins at the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, one of the largest in the city. Here stands imposingly the Basilica of the same name, a masterpiece of architecture in the Gothic and Renaissance styles, boasting the oldest extant original facade in all of Tuscany. The Basilica is one of the most interesting tourist sites not only for its majesty and architectural beauty, but for what can be admired inside. In fact, priceless masterpieces such as Masaccio’s Trinity, Ghirlandaio’s frescoes in the Tornabuoni Chapel and Giotto’s Crucifix are preserved there.

From the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, a trip of just over 3 minutes will be enough for you to find yourself in one of the most famous and evocative places in the city of Florence: Piazza del Duomo. Here are the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with Ghiberti’s bronze doors, and Giotto’s Bell Tower with its splendid frescoes. The Cathedral, commonly known as Florence Cathedral, is striking for its monumental size and the sophistication of its decorations. Completed in the 15th century, the building’s plan consists of three naves linked to a triconca rotunda that supports Brunelleschi’s immense dome, internally decorated with frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. Adjacent to the Cathedral rises majestically Giotto’s bell tower, some 89 meters high and the principal example of 14th-century Florentine Gothic architecture. Opposite the cathedral, on the other hand, stands the Baptistery of St. John the Baptist, built in the Florentine Romanesque style, inside which you can admire the spectacular gold mosaics that decorate the dome and apse.

The beauties of Piazza del Duomo may leave you stunned, but it is time to set off again for Piazza della Signoria. It will only take 3 minutes and you will find yourself in what has been considered since the 14th century the heart of Florentine political life. Here is Palazzo Vecchio, the former residence of the Medici family and current seat of the municipality, which is one of the protagonists of the square thanks to its grandeur. However, it is not the only wonder that attracts the attention of passersby and visitors. Between original and non-original works, such as the Fountain of Neptune and the replica of Michelangelo’s David, Piazza della Signoria can be described as a true open-air gallery. Iconic is the Loggia dei Lanzi, in which you can observe several Renaissance sculptures telling stories of ancient heroes and goddesses, and which conceals behind it the entrance to one of Florence’s best-known cultural and artistic symbols: the Uffizi Gallery.

At this point in our tour it is advisable to take a short culinary break. The center of Florence is full of restaurants, taverns and bars where you can enjoy delicious delicacies of Tuscan and Florentine cuisine. For the purposes of our itinerary, however, we would like to take you to a small venue that is less than a minute from Piazza della Signoria. It stratta the Cernacchio Food&Wine, great for both an on-the-fly dunk and more elaborate dishes of local culinary tradition.

Ready to move on, we arrive in just over two minutes at the last stop on our route: we are at the foot of the famous Ponte Vecchio. At this point it is worth noting that the bridge is absolutely not passable by Bit vehicles, so we advise you to park responsibly, close your rental, and visit this last wonder on foot. Ponte Vecchio is one of the most recognizable symbols of Florence. One of its peculiarities is that it is “inhabited” by its picturesque goldsmith and artisan stores whose storefronts overlook the central passageway. From here, moreover, there is a splendid view of the Arno River, which becomes even more romantic and evocative as evening falls.