Travel To Florence, Italy – Home of the Renaissance
Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance which is reason enough to make it a popular tourist attraction for people from around the world. Florence, Italy is home to some of the most valuable and rare artistic treasures from that era. Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and has a population of about 1.5 million. The streets are brimming with tourists all year round who come to view the rich collection of Renaissance art that is on display. A trip to Florence is like a trip back in time since many of the city’s major landmarks have remained unchanged for the past several centuries. Here our our recommendations for the traveler headed to this beautiful city!
The Uffizi Gallery is Italy’s most visited museum. It displays collections by Italian maestros such as Michelangelo, Botticelli and Rafello, as well as the Medici art collection which is one of the most renowned collections in the world. Visitors are advised to buy tickets in advance or run the risk of standing in lines which snake across the courtyard. The collection is so vast that even dedicating an entire day will not do justice to the Uffizi. One of the famous artworks on display is Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation.
Ponte Vecchio is a 14th century bridge which was built to cross the Arno River. It was the lone bridge that survived the German attack on Florence in World War II. Today, the Ponte Vecchio is bustling with gold and silversmiths. It was initially full of butcher shops but in the 1500s, the Medici ruling family decided to remove the butchers and replace them with a more respectable practice. An interesting fact is that above the shops there is a secret corridor which links the Uffizi Gallery with the Pitti Palace. It was used by the Medici family to travel between the two palaces without being ruffled by the local environment.
The Florence Cathedral stands out as a defining symbol of the city. The Florence Cathedral is a magnificent Gothic structure with a dome which was the largest in the world when the cathedral was constructed in the fifteenth century. The church is made of a combination of green, pink and white marble. The entrance to the cathedral is through three bronze doors while the interior houses important art works depicting important Italian personalities. The cathedral holds up to 20,000 people and is a major tourist destination in Florence.
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
The Pitti Palace was built by the powerful Pitti family to counter the power of the Medicis. As luck would have it, the Pitti family’s fortunes dwindled and the palace was acquired by the Medicis. The palace houses six museums which display even more of the Medici art collection. Most visitors are only able to tour a few museums due to the vastness of the collection. The Boboli Gardens is a huge park behind the Pitti Palace. It’s serene and peaceful surroundings are a welcome break from the hurried pace of the city.
What better way to end your trip than by paying respect to the man whose inspiration transformed this city? The tomb of Michelangelo is situated inside the Santa Croce Church, another famous landmark of Florence. Even in death art does not separate him – three sculptures sit on his tomb each representing Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
Have you been to Florence, Italy before? What do you recommend checking out? (Don’t forget to grab some delicious gelato while you’re there!)
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