How to pronounce Firenze

With a population of less than 400,000, Firenze, Florence, may be a “small” city by international standards, but it’s packed with priceless masterpieces of art and history.

In this lesson, we will see how to pronounce Firenze in Italian along its main tourist attractions, so you can have fun talking to locals during your trip to Italy!

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How to pronounce Firenze

Florence is the largest city in Toscana, Tuscany, a region in central Italy overlooking the sea. Let’s see how to pronounce it correctly.


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Firenze is the birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the artist who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and Niccolò Machiavelli, known for his political treatise Il principe.

Now let’s see what you can find in the historic center of Florence, il centro storico di Firenze.

Il centro storico di Firenze
The historic center of Florence

How to pronounce Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo is located in the historic center of Florence. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 and it’s one of the most visited places in the world.

Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
(“Cathedral square”)

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How to pronounce Duomo di Firenze

The main landmark in Piazza del Duomo is the cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Florence Cathedral, most commonly known in Italian as the duomo di Firenze. It is a wonderful piece of neo-Gothic and Gothic architecture.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Cathedral
(“Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower”)

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how to pronounce duomo di firenze - two people looking at the florence cathedral

How to pronounce Cupola del Brunelleschi

The cupola del Brunelleschi is the dome on top of the Duomo that almost dominates the horizon of Florence. As the name suggests, it was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.

If you truly want to appreciate the beauty of the Florence’s cityscape to its fullest, you must climb the dome’s 463 steep stone steps to get to the top!

Cupola del Brunelleschi
Brunelleschi’s Dome

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How to pronounce Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is a museum that houses artworks and sculptures created for the Duomo throughout history. One of its most famous possessions is The Deposition by Michelangelo, called Pietà Bandini in Italian.

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Cathedral Museum

The museum also houses the doors for the Baptistery of the Florence Cathedral, the battistero di San Giovanni. If you go visit the baptistery in Piazza San Giovanni, know that its doors are only copies because the originals are kept in this museum!

Battistero di San Giovanni
Baptistery of Florence

baptistry of florence cathedral

How to pronounce Campanile di Giotto

Another favorite place to view the panorama in Florence is the campanile di Giotto, also located in Piazza del Duomo. It’s 84 meters tall! As the name suggests, Giotto is behind its construction, along with the architect Arnolfo di Cambio.

Campanile di Giotto
Brunelleschi’s Dome

How to pronounce Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria in Firenze is where friends and tourists meet. It was the political center of the Florentine Republic and it’s still considered the main meeting place in the city.

Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria
(“Square of the Signoria”)

Florence’s town hall, palazzo vecchio, formerly known as palazzo della Signoria, dominates the square and Florence’s skyline. It still houses the mayor’s office.

Palazzo vecchio
Palazzo vecchio
(“Old palace”)

The palazzo vecchio is also home to the Salone dei Cinquecento, the largest and most important hall within.

Salone dei Cinquecento
Salone dei Cinquecento
(“Hall of the five hundred”)

palazzo vecchio and piazza della signoria in florence

In Piazza della Signoria you can also find the Museo Gucci, the Gucci museum, dedicated to the famous fashion house and its history.

Museo Gucci
Gucci museum

How to pronounce Galleria degli Uffizi

The Galleria degli Uffizi, Uffizi Gallery, houses a number of invaluable works of art and sculpture from the Italian Renaissance. It’s located just off Piazza della Signoria, in the historic center of Florence.

Here you will find the Doni Tondo by Michelangelo, for example, or The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Let’s see how it is pronounced in Italian.

Galleria degli Uffizi
Uffizi Gallery

La nascita di Venere
The Birth of Venus

How to pronounce Basilica

There are many basiliche in Firenze.

The basilica di Santa Croce is a Franciscan basilica located in Piazza Santa Croce and it’s one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. It contains to the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo.

Basilica di Santa Croce
Basilica di Santa Croce
(“Church of saint cross”)

The basilica di Santa Maria Novella is also one of the most important churches in Florence and it’s located in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella of the same name.

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

The basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the oldest churches in Florence and it’s located in Piazza San Lorenzo. It’s a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture.

Basilica di San Lorenzo
Basilica di San Lorenzo

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How to pronounce Galleria dell’Accademia

The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze is an art museum that hosts one of the world’s most famous sculptures by Michelangelo, the David, a masterpiece of Renaissance art.

Galleria dell’Accademia
Galleria dell’Accademia
(“Gallery of the Academy”)

Il David di Michelangelo
Michelangelo’s David

How to pronounce Ponte vecchio

Ponte vecchio means “old bridge” and it’s indeed a very old stone bridge that spans over the Arno River in Firenze. During World War II, when the German army was retreating from the city in 1944, the ponte vecchio miraculously escaped destruction, unlike all the other bridges in the city.

Ponte vecchio
Ponte vecchio
(“Old bridge”)

view of ponte vecchio in florence

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to pronounce Firenze in Italian!

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