FLORENCE: On The Tracks Of Michelangelo
florence: on the tracks of michelangelo
Florence. Firenze. Florentia. Fiorenza. What a lovely name for such a mesmerizing city. Its location in Tuscany (Italy) makes us imagine lavender fields, flowers everywhere and endless summer. You can almost smell all the beauty, or the pizza, risotto, and spaghetti. In other words, everyone imagines the place for a perfect vacation. But is this italian city really like that?
Let’s find out.
The History of Florence
The city itself is thought to be a “cradle of renaissance” which translates into beautiful architecture with white and green marbles you can see in the whole city of stunning Italy.
Additionally, It was also the center of trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities in the medieval era. Furthermore, it has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. Besides, the most famous rulers in the city were the infamous Medici family.
In fact, Fiorentine dialect soon became the language of culture due to famous poets and writers like Niccolo Machiavelli, Dante Alighieri and Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch).
There are around 400k inhabitants in Florence and 100 km2 (40 sq mi). However when the tourists come, there are more than one million people in the city of Tuscany.
As a result, there wasn’t much space in Florence so the Florentines chose to build very narrow houses which have a balcony (more like another room) on the first floor. Similarly, I’ve seen that tactic in multiple Italian cities like Venice as well.
the sights of florence
Basilica Di Santa Croce
(Basilica of the holy cross)
Our first stop was at Santa Croce which is a Franciscan church built on a small typical square. Likewise, all of the historical squares in Italy look the same. For instance, they all have a church as the main aspect and then there are some rectangular-shaped buildings all over. Additionally, they are mostly decorated with arcs.
As our first stop, the church quite disappointed us. Above all, I was expecting so much more honestly. It was very nice on the inside, but there are plenty of similar ones in my country. In addition, the square was also a bit boring and there were thousands of tourists. In conclusion, if I’d visited Florence once again, I won’t come to this place.
However, if you are interested in seeing the burials of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and more Italian most well-known men, you will like it. It is located only 800 meters from the Duomo.
I was too eager for jumping into conclusions though. Later that day we visited the most famous buildings in Florence.
Cattedrale Di Santa Maria Del Fiore
(Cathedral of Saint Mary od the Flower)
Firstly, it is considered to be the cathedral of Florence (so the famous “Duomo of Firenze” is this church). The building itself looks very majestic as it is faced with green and pink marble panels. Similarly to Santa Croce, it was built by Brunelleschi and two other architects.
This was the most beautiful church I’ve ever seen in my life and I’ve seen a lot of religious sights. I’ve seen mosques, synagogues, and churches, but this one tops them all. In fact, the paintings, the ceiling, everything there was stunningly made.
Actually, it has one peculiarity. The dome was built without using centering to support the structure. In fact, Brunelleschi lightened the dome and used his machines to build it, even with a lot of criticism.
The whole complex with the dome, baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile is the most captivating thing in Florence. To sum up, I definitely recommend visiting the insides of the buildings as well.
The most famous bridge in Florence is this one. In fact, it goes over the river Arno. On the bridge, multiple artisan shops selling jewelry or leather gloves. (I bought one of these and they are amazing).
There are also so many tourists on the bridge during the daytime so if you want to take a nice picture of the river and the city I recommend going later in the evening or very soon in the morning.
Likewise the other italian towns, the city has a lovely atmosphere, typical for Tuscany.
How To Get To Florence
Which Airport to choose?
If you want to visit Florence, Italy by plane you basically have 3 options. Actuall, the Florence AirPort (FLR) (called Amerigo Vespucci) is the closest one. In fact, it is only 5 km from the city itself. You can take a bus that takes you directly from the airport to Florence.
Additionally, low-cost airlines mostly fly to Pisa’s AirPort (PSA), which has the name of Galileo Galilei. The AirPort is connected to Florence as well, however it isn’t as close. It takes 70 minutes and you have to deal with bad traffic. There is also another solution. You can reach Florence by train, from the train station in Pisa.
The third option is Bologna (BLQ) airport. It is only one hour ride to the city. However, some airlines insist that airport Forli (FRL) – *notice the similarity between Florence airport (FLR)* – is the Bologna’s airport. But Forli is very far away, it takes 2 hours and 48 minutes to get there by train (with changing to the bus). So be careful while choosing where you’ll land.
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