Florence, the cradle of Renaissance art, let’s go back in time! The only way to explore Florence and to feel its grandeur is by foot and so we did, yes its packed and crowded with tourists but so are any other big cities, if you love art, this is the place!
Our first stop was one of my favorite churches, Santa Croce which is the largest Franciscan church in the world. The most notable features are the 16 chapels with many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto. We strolled around the city leisurely and got to Piazza della Signoria, the square and heart of Florence’s political and social life. We took a carriage ride around town which includes Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza del Duomo, a quick way for kiddies to rest their legs and enjoy the city. The amazing Palazzo Vecchio, the loggia dei Lanzi flows gracefully and lead us to the famous Uffizi Gallery, we cruised along the gallery with the crowd and got to the charming Ponte Vecchio around lunch time.
We continued our visit after lunch and got to Piazza della Repubblica where there was the carousel so kiddies took their rides before we went to Piazza del Duome. Piazza della Repubblica was the site of the ancient forum which was the core of Roman settlement. Finally we got to the Piazza del Duomo, although this wasn’t my first time to see the Duomo and we come across so many images of it, I was just as stunned and equally in awe of the architecture as I was the first time. Florence’s biggest masterpiece and is one of Italy’s “Big Three” with Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum. The famous dome designed by Brunelleschi dominates the sky and is unrivalled.
It was a short stop for us in Florence to grab the artistic ambience and the traces of the Renaissance period, toddlers were tired from all the walk so we decided to head home.
Florence seriously overwhelms. Its wealth of museums and galleries reveals the heyday of the Renaissance period. It’s impossible to describe the city and its art through words, one must see it and feel it from the heart!