Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance
How can one describe a city which originated in the Renaissance in just a few words; a city that gave the world Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, Raphael and Botticelli, and was also the place where the Gioconda was painted. Actually, it’s impossible! The only solution is to stand in line alongside the ten million visitors who flock to the city each year, to gaze in awe at the Duomo or Santa Croce, the masterpieces housed in the Uffizi, the Ponte Vecchio or Piazza della Signoria, Michelangelo’s David or Palazzo Pitti. It is really no surprise that the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since there is not one centimeter of the city that is not worthy visiting, we strongly suggest that you make time to lose yourself amidst its art and architecture, its history and its landscapes. There’s just one thing you need to remember: this is the place where Stendhal experienced what was later to become known as the Stendhal or Florence syndrome. Need we say more?
The Ponte Vecchio is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. According to certain historic documents it was the only bridge spanning the Arno that the Germans, out of respect for its beauty, did not destroy during the Second World War. A jewel among jewels, it has been the street of jewelers since Renaissance times.
Home to many masterpieces of art and architecture, Michelangelo's famous sculpture of “David” is preserved at the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Florence. On the opposite page, the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most widely-visited museums in the world.