How should I describe Florence? Should I start with the immediate sense of style and fashion the city exuded….? Or possible the most amazing designs of Gold Jewelry and the never ending Leather Market..? Or the fact that the ENTIRE CITY IN ITSELF WAS ONE BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART, like a large lovely museum..I think I’ll pick the latter..and that the reason you must set aside at least a day from your Italian Vacation to explore the architectural wonder called Florence
I arrived Florence via a Trenitalia train from Venice. Honestly, I DID NOT want to visit Florence. I only did because my husband wanted to. While honestly Venice and Amalfi Coast will still be my top choices for Italy, Florence was interesting too- in its own unique way.
The entire city of Florence is like a museum in itself. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is built around two main Piazzas- Piazaa del Duomo (the largest Dome built in brick and mortar in the entire world) & Piazza del Signoria, with many other small Piazza. But how I explored Florence was to just take a map and start walking- aimlessly. I would stop every few steps- go all wow about a church/market/architecture I would see and THEN refer to the map to understand where I was and what was I ‘wowing’ about. Trust me, this way of exploring Florence was fun!
I enjoyed the different markets at Florence..be it the gold market at Ponte de Vecchip or the never ending leather market which sold anything and everything made of leather. Some stuff at the leather market was pretty nice, but being an animal lover that I am, I could not buy something that was being described as “made of the skin of a baby lamb”!
One thing I particularly enjoyed in Florence was that art still lives among the people of Florence. While some pursue art for money, some create art just to add their bit in making the world a more beautiful place.
This was the gate of a church- all in gold. And you simply can’t resist touching and feeling the beautiful artwork. Do notice the head of a boy popping out on the top left corner 🙂
And the visual delights don’t just stop! Justice can be done to the sheer intricacy of the work in this church ONLY when viewed in real life- not in pictures
While all of the key attraction in Florence can be visited on foot, which way do you plan to explore this rich artistic city on your next vacation….?
The Modern Style?
The Vintage Style?? 😉