Cradle of the Renaissance— Fashionable Florence
Established by Lucius Cornelius Sulla in 80 BCE, Florence originated as a Roman city and later emerged as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, it is the most populous city in Tuscany. Famous for its history and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence has been called the Athens of the middle ages. The beautiful artistic and architectural heritage of Florence prompted Forbes to feature it among the most beautiful cities of the world.
The memory of the Medici who, for centuries, commanded the city’s fortunes and was instrumental in unleashing the Renaissance, lives on. The family crest of six balls adorns many public buildings till today. Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, the Lippis, Giotto, Botticelli, Masaccio, Pontormo and a host of other artists have left their mark on the city. Many formidable galleries such as the Uffizi, Accademia and Pitti display their fine works today.
Florence has a humid subtropical climate on borderline and Mediterranean climate. Surrounded by hills in a river valley, it has hot humid summers and cool damp winters. Rainfall is moderate in summers while it dominates in winter with snowfall as well.
Florence is an important city for Italian fashion. Florentines are naturally born into a world of extraordinary timeless beauty. Florence can be termed as stylish from its past to the present. Stylish boutiques line up alongside the galleries and palazzo. Brands like Gucci and Ferragamo have their roots in Florence only.
Being a financial powerhouse, Florence was never considered as a romantic place. Enormous mansions were built, money was lavished on churches and arts, not for the love of the beauty but to display greatness. Romanesque Baptistery, the Gothic Duomo, and Renaissance basilicas boast of the power and wealth of Florence. The Duomo aka Santa Maria del Fiore is the domed Cathedral of the city and the best known site of Florence.
The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) stands out for the multitude of shops built upon its edges. Located at the corner of Piazza della Signoria, The Uffizi is an important site for being the centre of Florence’s life. Florence has several museums, religious buildings and monuments which enhance the architectural beauty of the city. Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence is also an art museum and a perfect example of the city’s beauty. Apart from monuments, Florence consists of several piazza (squares) and streets like Piazza della Repubblica and Giubbe Rosse café.
When the shops close, it is the time to eat. The city is known for its top-grade Chiantis and is filled with classic gourmet restaurants and stylish designer eateries. It is one of the greatest wine-growing regions in the world.
The medieval splendors of the city are truly enjoyable and it is a beautiful and fashionable city that gathers millions of tourists every year.