Imagine the Age of the Renaissance when art was very much alive and flourishing. Even if this age is in the past, it can still be re-lived when you walk down the alleyways and cobblestone streets of the elegant city of Firenze in Italy’s famous Tuscany region.
Once a great center for culture, Florence (Firenze) has more than monumental art to offer its guests. The delicious Italian food, leather fashion, street vendors and sunny Mediterranean climate make central Italy an amazing destination for a holiday. I recommend you take your time to explore every corner of every piazza to view the various statues of famed figures placed throughout the city. Don’t forget to take your time when eating at a restaurant too, since the locals like to make you feel at home with long Italian-style meals served with several courses.
When I was in Florence, there was a moment when I realized the city itself lives and breathes art. From the artists that draw masterpieces with chalk in the streets to the decorated doors that line the alleys, echoes of the Renaissance still resound in the people even today. Fashion is a must when in Florence, and you will find street sales with amazing leather pieces everywhere. Or head to a leather factory to see the famous Florentine leather boxes decorated with gold designs. I bought a cashmere scarf when I was in Florence, and it’s the most comfortable scarf I’ve ever owned. I wear it all the time! But, no trip is complete without really understanding the roots behind the Renaissance.
You must see Michelangelo’s famous David while visiting the city. The original can be found in The Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti. Once you have explored all the art galleries, it’s only appropriate to visit the some of the most amazing architecture that Italy and the Renaissance have to offer. What paints the Florentine skyline? The Duomo, Florence’s breathtaking cathedral. No visit is complete without a trip to the top of the Duomo, where you can view the whole city from up high. Or, to view the city and Duomo from afar, be sure to visit Michelangelo’s Square on the other side of the Arno River.
Maybe you would like to get out for the day and enjoy a trip to nearby vineyard for the taste of the world famous Tuscany wine? There are many options to explore the Renaissance when staying in Florence. When I visited Italy, I couldn’t resist an excursion to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, spending the day exploring the areas around the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. It was one of my favorite sights in all of Italy! The baptistery, the cathedral, and the leaning tower are truly amazing structures. Plus, the food was fresh and delicious as it always is in Italy.
|Lucy West is a keen traveller, writer and often even dabbles in photography. Based in the beautiful Kent countryside, she tries to takes time out and to write and is passionate about all things social media. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org|