Tuscany is so beautiful, it has to be seen to be believed. The city of Florence is famous for its overwhelming art galleries and Michelangelo Renaissance sculptures in marble, but still, I was struck by the colors of vineyards, or sounds of the cypresses. Or the scented air with notes of leather, olive oil and amber.
Florence & Renaissance
Poetry and metaphors aside, one of the best decisions – besides eating too much gelato – was to walk through Florence with Debbie and Elisabeth of “La Bussola Tour”, that shared stories with us of the Renaissance, powerful Medici family, Duomo di Firenze, Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo, Dante, Botticelli, plus tips on Florentine food & Tuscan wine. Perfecto!
Florence is in the center of Italy, and was a center for trade and finance since the Middle Ages. Later, the powerful Medici family shaped the city, and filled it with art and sculptures. During the Renaissance period, our tour guide told us that because the people changed the way they thinked, was also changed the way art and architecture was done.
Also, she mentioned that for Uffizi Gallery we should reserve at least 3 hours for the visit. And I think Florence has so many museums and galleries, that you would need months to experience everything this city has to offer.
Florence from flower
This Renaissance city center has four areas, in order to navigate the historical part:
- Santa Maria Novella, close to the main train station and the world oldest Pharmacy, a best-kept secret
- San Lorenzo, with the main historical points, including the cathedral and the Centrale Mercado
- Santa Croce, with Basilica di Santa Croce, near the river
- Santo Spirito, located across the river Arno, in Oltrarno
Favorites moments to remember – from Piazza della Signoria, where we saw the “David statue” by Michelangelo, we walked next to the secret Vasari coridor build by the Medici family to travel from Palazzo Vecchio, across Uffizi gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, until reaching Pitti Palace, the new palace, chosen by Cosimo I de’ Medici and his wife Eleanor.
Even though the biblical “David statue” we saw in the square is only a replica, as the original one by Michelangelo was moved to Galleria dell’Accademia.
Many gorgeous viewpoints due to the hilly landscapes. Piazzale Michelangelo and Church of San Miniato al Monte are a favorite.
Plus the gardens that belonged to Grand Dukes, and now are open to the public – Giardino Bardini, Giardino di Boboli and Giardino delle Rose (for free) – some of the many gardens. Plus, Giardino dell’Iris, as the emblem of Florence is the iris.