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Your morning or afternoon tour starts with the Italian Gothic-style church of the Dominicans Santa Maria Novella. Besides the Basilica the square houses other important buildings: the long portico of the Hospital of San Paolo and the adjacent monks’ pharmacy, the ancient laboratory for herbs and medicinal plants distilled by monks to cure the sick and the pilgrims. Other highlights of the tour are Palazzo Strozzi, a splendid example of civil archi-tecture inspired by the Palazzo Medici and Piazza della Repubblica, the ancient center of the Roman town. It became later the Jewish Ghetto and, in the 19th Century, on the occasion of Florence capital of Italy, turned into an elegant area. Then Piazza del Duomo, with the grandiose Dome by Brunelleschi, Giotto’s Belltower and the Baptistery with the famous bronze doors. The tour continues with Piazza della Signoria, spectacular outdoor museum dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and enriched by its statues to end with the Old Bridge or Ponte Vecchio, the oldest of Florence’s six bridges, with its characteristic overhanging shops housing gold-and silversmiths.