Firenze is a beautiful place. It is called the ‘cradle of Renaissance’ and it is known to most of the world as Florence. Capital city of Tuscany and of the province of Florence, Florence is an open book to be perused at leisure as you take a stroll along the streets in pleasant autumn or springtime. Magnificent buildings and bridges, great food and a romantic Tuscan atmosphere make the perfect setting for a traveler’s holiday.
Florence is steeped in culture and history with famous art by renowned artists enhancing the churches and museums. One of the main centers of attraction is Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge dating back to 1345, when it was reconstructed after being destroyed in a natural calamity.
This bridge on the River Arno, on which the city lies, is only one of the appeals of Florence. Go off the beaten track and take a tour along the river banks that will take you to a lot of other less-visited sights. These include the Central National Library: here you will find thousands of manuscripts and volumes.
Uffizi Gallery contains important works by famous artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Raphael. The museum was designed by architect Giorgio Vasari and is shaped like a horseshoe. Renaissance lovers would love to explore this museum.
The Vasari Corridor connects the museum to the Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) on the other side of the river and is worth a visit for the wonderful views and art along the corridor.
In Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral is a majestic sight for its imposing faÃ§ade as it towers over the other structures. It is called ‘il Duomo’, from the Latin word ‘domus’ meaning ‘house’ to stand for ‘house of God.’
If you are a non-vegetarian, then Florence’s cuisine would agree with you. The meat-based dishes dominate. This Tuscan city is also known for its saltless bread and extra virgin olive oil, used a lot in food preparation.
A trip to Florence, Italy would be enriching in many ways, especially for art and history lovers.