Florence, City of the Renaissance

I don’t even have to mention that the history of this city is massively interesting. It’s housed big names like Michelangelo, Dante, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Machiavelli. Many of them at the same time, some of them working under the famous Medici family.

Borrowed from fotopedia.com; photo by Robert Scarth

But let’s talk about some of the things to see in the city itself. For one, there’s Michelangelo’s David, in the Accademia Gallery.  There’s also a replica, in the location of the original, in the Piazza della Signoria. The Uffizi gallery houses paintings by the three artists listed in the big names above, in addition to the likes of Caravaggio and Raphael.

Architecturally, the dome topping the Duomo was the first of its like. There’s a great view of the city from the top and climbing up is an adventure on it’s own. Unless you’re claustrophobic or deeply afraid of heights. There’s also the Ponte Vecchio (meaning old bridge), a bridge with shops lining it’s ends,where the cities’ goldsmiths used to work.

And there’s the Santa Croce church, housing the tombs of Galileo, Machiavelli, and more.

Ultimately, the great draw of Florence, to me, lies in its history and the personalities involved in it. When I see the artwork here, I also think about the people who created it.

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