14 August 2017, 9:46 AM
Renaissance is a word indelibly linked to Florence. Travelers to Florence are immersed in the Renaissance architecture, paintings and sculptures completed in the 1500s and 1600s. In the heart of the city, you'll find the works of Florence's famous son, Michelangelo.
Florence is also influenced by Machiavellie and Dante, the classical literary masters who put this Italian city on most travelers bucket list.
The majesty of Florence is best seen by walking.
Take a stroll across Florence’s Ponte Vecchio Bridge overlooking the Arno River while browsing jewelry stores that once housed butchers and merchants. This medieval stone bridge dates back 700 years.
As dusk approaches, the glow of the Tuscan sun reflects radiant warmth off the earth tone colored buildings around Florence. The twilight in Florence is peaceful and as the day becomes dusk, the lights reflect off the River and your senses will awaken.
Admire the magnificence of the Renaissance
Your travels to Florence will undoubtedly have you standing before Michelangelo's David sculpture masterpiece at the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence's most visited attraction. It's hard to appreciate the level of detail possible in sculpting 16 feet of marble. For centuries, Florentians have revered the sculpture as a powerful symbol of the Renaissance and recognition of Florence as an iconic, modern-day Italian city.
This riverside city offers romance and history
As you wander the streets of Florence, you will behold the awe-inspiring view of the Duomo di Firenze, the cathedral of Florence, which took 150 years to build and was finished in 1436!
Florence is the ideal base for your travels through Tuscany. 50 miles south of Florence is the majestic town of Sienaand the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. 60 miles east of Florence is the town of Pisa, where the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa is a magnet for travelers to Italy. Day trips from Florence to the Tuscan hillside towns of Chianti and San Gimignano are very popular, and lunch overlooking the golden Tuscan fields is a wonderful way to enjoy this region!