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  • Writer's pictureDEAN NELSON (he/him) CRDE, LLD

Florence: A Culture of Beauty and Art

If you find yourself daydreaming of wandering through streets filled with art, beauty and indulging in delicious Italian cuisine, Florence should be on the top of your list!

Florence the Golden Bridge

When you stroll through the charming city of Florence, you may feel like you have been transported back in time to the Renaissance era, and it is no wonder why it was the birthplace of the Renaissance. The city, nicknamed "the jewel of the Renaissance," is located in central Italy and attracts millions of visitors each year.

Florence is an ideal destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in European history, art, and culture. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and the world, and it's easy to see why. With its art, landmarks such as the duomo, churches, galleries and museums, fashion industry, and delicious traditional Italian cuisine, Florence is a genuinely magnificent destination that will take your breath away.

Iconic Landmarks

The Domo in Florence Italy

One of the most iconic landmarks in Florence is the iconic Duomo di Firenze or the Florence Cathedral. The Cathedral is world-renowned for its stunning architecture, colourful marble exteriors, and prominent Brunelleschi Dome. Its intricate design attracts thousands of tourists annually who admire the religious monument on Piazza del Duomo.

Florence is also home to several other fantastic churches such as Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, and San Lorenzo. These landmarks offer a unique opportunity to experience the city's religious and artistic history. For art lovers, the Basilica di Santa Croce holds the remains of many famous Italian personalities such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Dante. Meanwhile, the interior of the Santa Maria Novella contains several frescoes by various Florentine early Renaissance artists.

World Famous Galleries

Apart from the churches, Florence is dotted with many outstanding art museums such as the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery, which are popular tourist attractions for people seeking to experience and learn about Renaissance art. The Accademia Gallery houses Michelangelo's David, arguably the most famous sculpture in the world. The statue is a significant symbol of Florence that represents the city's artistic heritage. The Uffizi Gallery, on the other hand, showcases a range of artwork by different artists, including Botticelli's Primavera and Birth of Venus.

Museo di Galileo Galilei is an excellent museum that is dedicated to the life and works of the world-renowned scientist Galileo Galilei. Galileo is credited with groundbreaking discoveries in the field of astronomy and the museum houses a vast collection of his scientific instruments, including telescopes, clocks, and barometers. As you visit this museum you can learn more about the scientist's ideas and experiments through interactive exhibits, videos, and lectures offering a glimpse into the history of science. The museum also provides a comprehensive guide to the history of astronomy and how Galileo's discoveries led to their current understanding of the cosmos. It is a must-visit site for anyone interested in the history of science and astronomy. and Florence has several other famous museums to visit that any tourist would enjoy.

Street of Food, Art & Culture

Via Santo Spirito is a charming street located in the heart of Florence and it is definitely worth a visit. The street offers a unique blend of traditional and modern shops, restaurants, and bars that cater to all tastes and preferences. The architecture of the buildings lining the street is also impressive, featuring designs from the Renaissance era. Moreover, Santo Spirito is a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood that offers a perfect escape from the crowds of tourists that flock to other parts of the city. This makes it an excellent destination to experience a more authentic side of Florence while enjoying the unique food, art, and culture that this charming street has to offer.

Not to be Missed

delicious gelato in Florence, italy

In addition to the famous landmarks, museums, and luxury fashion brands, the area's authentic Italian cuisine is something worth experiencing. Florence is famous for dishes such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Lampredotto, and Trippa alla Fiorentina. Be sure to indulge in local food and wine like a local when you are there. You won't want to miss out on trying Tuscany's very own Brunello wine, which is a staple of the region. The city also offers an array of cafes, bakeries, and gelaterias, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth after a big meal. Overall, Florence offers an unparalleled culinary experience that should not be missed.

skyline of Florence Italy with the Domo

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Credits: Article courtesy of Travel Research Online & Collette Tours. Journeys through this magnificent city full of remnants from the Renaissance era are easily accessible and arranged by Collette. Edited by Shelley Carlin, Travelista Marketing.

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