From atop Piazza Michelangelo, looking out over red-topped stone and brick structures, it feels as if the renaissance is at its height and all of the famous artists are busy working on their masterpieces that would go on to shake the world for centuries to come. Even though those days are long since gone, still to this day, when the sun dips below the horizon, the feverish work of great artists in the making still pulses in the orange glow of this historic city. Some of the greatest artists equipped with chisels, brushes and pure genius changed the way we see the world in these cobble stone streets of the city of Florence.
Florence was founded in 80 BC by the Romans. It was a city of influence in the region especially during the renaissance period. Wealthy families hired in artists from all over Italy and even distant lands to come work their artistic magic in the form of great sculptures and paintings. Some of these artists included Michelangelo, Dante, Donatello, Botticelli and many others. A few of their great works can still be seen in the Museo Galleria dell’Accademia.
The main building in Florence is the Il Duomo di Firenze. This massive church and bell tower are very beautiful and different then any of the other churches we have seen due to their richly ornamented façade. When viewing the city from afar the Duomo stands out from the rest of the cities buildings. It houses another museum with great works of art. Tickets can be purchased for 10€ that allow access to all of the buildings in the Doumo complex including the museum, the cathedral and the bell tower.
Megan and I stayed in Florence for one night and two days just to get a feel for the city. We didn’t have enough time to go into the museums but we were able to get an amazing sunset view of the city from Piazza Michelangelo. We also visited the famous Ponte Vecchio at sunset, which was breathtaking. The sun set over the river behind the Tuscan hills lighting up the sky and reflecting on the river Arno. The Piazza Della Signoria has replicas of several of the marble statues that made this city famous including the statue of David which can be accessed for free. Since we didn’t have time to head into the museum we took full advantage of walking around the square. Just passing through the city was breathtaking. I can’t wait until we can come back to Florence with a little more time to soak in all of the history that Florence has to offer!
We loved the room we room we stayed in from Airbnb! It was a little outside the main square but really a wonderful place to stay. I highly recommend it! It even had a small kitchen to make food in and a fridge to store leftovers. Thank you Mario and Dominico for providing such an amazing place to stay. One last interesting detail is that the Italian language has its roots in the city of Florence. -J