City of Florence
The timeless quality of Florence make it one of the most important cities of artistic interest in the world. Between the 14th and 16th centuries it surprised the world by becoming, after Ancient Greece, the most incredible breeding ground of intelligence which gave birth to a new culture.
Dante, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Brunelleschi, Donatello and the “divine” Michelangelo have left us a legacy which still permeates the roads, marbles, the extraordinary palaces and museums of this city , heritage of mankind. The cult of beauty is everywhere blending harmoniously with the Tuscan tradition. Elegant boutiques rub shoulders with open air markets painting an unforgettable picture worthy of “Room with a View.”
Meeting with the guide and visit to:
-Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore, is an example of the artistic genius of the most important Tuscan architects, from Arnolfo di Cambio to Giotto and even Filippo Brunelleschi, inventor of the
famous dome, in a span of time that sees technological and artistic revolutions, from the Gothic period to the Renaissance
-Bell-tower, mastepiece of Giotto
-Baptistery S. Giovanni, is dedicated to the city patron and is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Tuscany. Inside are many spectacular mosaics representing episodes from the old Testament. A landmark still today for the city’s many religious celebrations (admission fee)
-Church Orsanmichele, once an old “loggia” for wheat was later converted into a church becoming a symbol of the mercantile art of Florentine Renaissance. The merchants, in fact, commissioned some of the most famous sculptors of the time to design a series of statues as their symbol
-Characteristic medieval streets, walking along one of the many enchanting streets we reach the home of Dante Alighieri, father of Italian language and literature
-Piazza Santa Croce, this square with the Franciscan church bearing the same name (admission fee), houses the tombs of famous Italians as well as a series of frescoes of the 14th century begun by Giotto
-Piazza della Signoria, heart of the historical Florentine Republic, is still today the political centre of the city. Palazzo Vecchio, symbol of the power of the city state Opposite the Palazzo, symbol of the city virtue, is the famous copy of David’s Michelangelo. The Loggia della Signoria, otherwise known as dei Lanzi is also worthy of praise
-Ponte Vecchio, famous for its beguiling views of the city from Lungarni is lined with glamorous and sparkling goldsmith shops
-Loggia del Porcellino, was and still is a very busy and characteristic marketplace. The arcade takes its name from the sculpture of a wild bronze boar whose snout is said to bring luck when rubbed. Try it, you never know !
-Piazza della Repubblica, ancient Roman forum of Florentia. It houses some of the most elegant historical cafés in Florence, which have now become landmarks