Firenze is magnetic, romantic and busy. Its urban fabric has hardly changed since the Renaissance, its narrow streets evoke a thousand tales, and its food and wine are so wonderful the tag 'Fiorentina' has become an international label of quality assurance.
Florence is considered to be the artistic, historical, and cultural capital of not only Tuscany, but of all Italy. Its physical elegance coexists beautifully with the il dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing) lifestyle of the Florentines and it reveals the city in a strong, yet gentle way that makes us want to delve deep into its art, culture, and history.
Top L-R: 1. Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi, Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus 2. Niobe room 3. Lorenzo d'Alessandro, Lamentation over the Body of Christ 4. Bust of Aristotle 5. Head of Zeus 6. Caravaggio, Medusa wooden shield 7. Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus.
Perseus with the head of Medusa
Ungrateful Florence! Dante sleeps afar, Like Scipio , buried by the upbraiding shore. - Lord Byron
Ponte Vecchio - medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River
Duomo - Cathedral of Florence and the Medici Chapel
Fragment of the ceiling frescoe in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine
Tomb statue carved by Michelangelo
Reliquary with the skull of Saint Felician of Foligno dated from the first half of the 17th century - Museum of the Medici Chapels