Florence, the cra­dle of the Re­nais­sance

Italia Luxury - - Un­miss­able -

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.

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