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Florence Center
Hotel Fedora, a two-star hotel in Florence, allows you to reach Florence historical center in a few minute walk.

In the following you can find a description of the most attractive historical and artistic landmarks near Hotel Fedora.

In the very heart of the city of Florence, Piazza Piazza del Duomo welcomes the visitor with its breathtaking beauty. Here you can start your tour among the secrets of Florentine art and history.

The Duomo di Firenze, the Cathedral, dominates the square with its colored marbles. The church is named after Santa Maria Novella, and it was built on the ruins of the church of Santa Reparata.
The project, ordered by the Signoria, was assigned to Arnolfo di Cambio.
The construction of the Cathedral involved the most famous artists of the time, from Giotto to Francesco Talenti and Brunelleschi, who conceived the most courageous element of the square: the majestic Dome, following the model of Rome's pantheon.
Giotto's bell tower is in an unusual position compared to the other towers: it is aligned with the Cathedral and has a slender shape and is richly decorated with coloured marble elements.
Finally, the Battistero di San Giovanni (Saint John's Baptistery), embellished by the two doors, one decorated by Andrea Pisano and the other by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

Piazza della Signoria is Florence most central square, and today it is still the real center of the city social and political life.
Piazza della Signoria hosts the seat of civil authorities, Palazzo Vecchio, and it is at the center of medieval Florence, south of the Duomo and at a few meters from the famous bridge "Ponte Vecchio" and the river Arno.

The square central element id Palazzo Vecchio, from the 14th century, built between 1299 and 1314 to give an adequate seat to the "Priori delle Arti", the representatives of the professional corporations that ruled the city since 1282 and who used to reside at the Bargello.
The architectural project has been attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio who, at the end of the 14th century was working in the most important Florentine construction sites: the Duomo, Santa Croce and the new town walls.
In particular, The Torre di Arnolfo, 95 meters high, features an original architectural solution: instead of being in a central position it is aligned with the protruding balcony.
The Loggia dei Lanzi, built to host public speeches, has turned into a permanent stage for some important sculptures such as Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus and Giambologna's Ratto delle Sabine.
The famous fountain Fontana del Nettuno by Bartolomeo Ammannati and the equestrian statue of Cosimo 1st by Giambologna complete the square, famous also for being the place where Savonarola was killed. A plate commemorates the sad event.
During the Fiorita festival, which occurs every year on May 23rd , after the celebration of the Mass in the chapel "Cappella dei Priori" at Palazzo Vecchio, dominican friars, municipal authorities and citizens walk to the place strewing it with flowers in the point where Savonarola was hung and burnt. The ceremony originates from the fact that the day after the execution, the place was found covered with flowers.