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Florence

One of the great artistic and cultural treasures of Italy, Florence was at the center of the Renaissance, which enlightened the western world in thinking and creativity. It is now on of the most visited cities in Europe.

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Dante and Boticelli lived and worked here, you can see many examples of their works here in the art galleries, churches and famous buildings.

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Places to Visit

Galleria dell’Accademia

This museum (Accademy Gallery) founded in 1563 is known the world over due to its housing one of the great sculptural masterpieces, Michelangelo’s David. There are other famous works by him, such as the Four Prisoners and the Pieta of Palestina.

Also at the gallery is The Madonna and Child by Botticelli, as well as a splendid painting collection gathered by Grand Duke Peter Leopold for the gallery’s art students to study.

Piazza del Duomo

At the Piazza del Duomo, you will find the cathedral with the enormous dome featured in so many photos of Florence. It is still, in fact, the tallest structure in the city and at the top you can get excellent views if you can handle climbing up the 700-step stairway. The Santa Maria del Fiori, as it is named, was built between 1334 and 1859.

The tower, the baptistry and the three chapels are covered by both white and multi-coloured marble and there are amazing frescoes inside.

Conclusion

Like Rome, Florence is a feast for visitor’s eyes. Yet it is a very different city to Rome, life is a bit more relaxed here and enjoyable.

When you visit, you will see why so many famous artists, scientists and other creative spirits lived and worked here.

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