Located in the beautiful region of Tuscany is a city famed for its history, art and architecture. Florence is romanticized by many, and rightly so. The city oozes charm, from the rolling Tuscan hills in its greater region, to the impressive architecture and craftsmanship dating back to the Renaissance period. Today, a stay in Florence encapsulates culture, history, breathtaking landscapes, and of course, delicious culinary delights.
Go back to the 15th century and the Medicis family were once rulers of Florence, living a life of wealth and power through the Medieval and Renaissance period. Hanging proudly across their estate were commissioned artwork pieces, painted by some of the greatest of all times – Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo to name a few. Today, art enthusiasts come from all over the world to see this collection, showcased in places like the Palazzo degli Uffizi gallery.
The Piazza del Duomo in Florence is a UNESO World Heritage Site, and often a central point during a Florence walking tour. This is the ‘Cathedral Square’ of the city, and the heart of the historic center. As you wander through the charming streets of Florence, you’re bound to stumble across the Piazza del Duomo – an area that is home to four architectural masterpieces: the cathedral, the baptistry, the cemetery, and the campanile.
Not only are these architectural landmarks unique in their own way, but collectively it was the start of a new type of architecture – named “Pisan Romanesque”. This style is characterized by its basilical churches and impressive facades. Florence is loved by so many because of its ancient architecture and monuments rich in history and culture. Just from walking the streets, you can imagine what life was like centuries ago. Today, enjoy the slower pace and take time to dine in an Al Fresco cafe, or enjoy an Italian coffee or wine under the glistening sun.