Florence - The Pearl of Tuscany
The capital of Tuscany
In the heart of Tuscany, at the foot of the Apennines, by the river Arno, there is a cultural and commercial centre of the region – Florence. Millions of tourists visit it every year, what doesn’t surprise anybody, taking for example the extraordinary beauty of the city. The Basilica of Santa Croce, Palazzo Strozzi and the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore are only few of the monuments that lure and delight visitors.
There’s another tempting spot in Florence – one of the finest art gallery, Gallery degli Uffizi. It contains the world’s largest collection of Italian art, including works by Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Titan. There you can see “The Birth of Venus” by Boticelli, but also works of Rembrandt, van Dyck, there’s also Rubens, and a number of portraits of Polish kings.
Tourists attractions in Florence
You can talk for hours about the places worth seeing in Florence. The city tempts with many beautiful buildings, and you will be in awe when you see the interiors or façades.
One of such buildings is the Church of Santa Maria Novella - Dominican church and monastery built at the turn of the XIII and XIV century. Inside, you can admire beautiful and richly decorated frescoes, including the famous one by Masaccio, “ The Trinity”. Apart from serving as a place for liturgy, it is also a museum. There are two sixteenth century astronomical instruments on the façade of the building – a sundial, and an armillary sphere. With it, astronomers could indicate the equatorial and ecliptic coordinates of celestial bodies.
Already mentioned Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, is one of the most famous monuments in Florence. It is decorated with frescoes and colorful marbles from the outside. What makes it so exquisite is the dome (Duomo, the world’s largest dome built of bricks) and the beautiful Campanile di Giotto, the church’s bell tower. What is captivating is the typical, steeple Gothic style and the sublimity of the construction. The cathedral was created by Arnolfo di Cambio – the artist, who also designed the Basilica Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce.
One of the oldest buildings in the city is the baptistery of St.John (Battiser di San Giovanni). It emerged in the space of the years 1059 and 1128, and is characterized by the Romanesque style. What brought the building a lot of fame were three pairs of carved doors made of bronze. The last one catches particular attention. It’s fifteenth century “Gates of Paradise” by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Ten reliefs, located on the façade are considered a masterpiece of the early Renaissance. Tourists, who cross the threshold of the cathedral, are surprised by the modesty of the interior. The only thing that lures the eye is giant fresco in the dome, the sixteenth century “Last Judgement” painted by Vasari. And of course the enormity of the cathedral itself.
Another pearl of Florence is the Basilica of St. Cross (Basilica di Santa Croce), the biggest Franciscan church in the world. It contains the graves of famous people of Florence, including Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Gioacchino Rossini. Walls of the Basilica are covered with Giotto’s frescoes.
Florence – the magical city.
Not only temples are the tourist attractions in Florence. It’s worth to focus some attention to Ponte Vecchio, the fourteenth century bridge over the river Arno. It was built of stone, it has a construction of segmental arches, and a two-level gallery is located on it. At the bottom there are shops and stalls with jewelery, while above in the past was a passage connecting the Medici palaces – thanks to it, the senior representatives of the families didn’t have to walk the streets with common people.
After crossing the bridge, we are coming to Palazzo Pitti, located near the Park Giardino di Boboliof the Medici. The garden stretches out up to the hill overlooking the beautiful skyline of the historic part of the city.
Equally beautiful view is from the palace Piazzale Michelangelo, by Viale Michelangelo. You can see the roofs of Palazzo Vecchio , Santa Crice and picturesque bridges from there, including ponte Vecchio.
With motorhome on a trip
Florence is besieged by tourists, what by some people may be considered a major flaw. Residents often travel out of town for the weekends, and that’s why it’s the best time to start exploring. It is simply less crowded. Tourist who came here by car cannot park in the centre – it is allowed only for the inhabitants.
Those, who on the other hand came with a camper, have few options when it comes to the parking place. One of such places is Michelangelo camping (Via Michelangelo 80), advertised by its owners in this way: “When you’re with us, you’re in Florence. At the same time you feel like in the countryside, where you can relax looking at the cradle of the Renaissance.” For what can be a better place than this near Piazzale Michelangelo, on a hillside, with a panoramic view of the entire city? It takes less than 10 min of walking from the historic center of the capital of Tuscany. For approximately 37,30 Euro/night (2 people, a place for vehicle, access to electricity and a tourist tax) you have a chance to spend the night among the olive trees. All over the year.
Camping Villa Camerata would also be a great choice (Via Augusto 4). Accommodation prices here are (depending on the season) 7,50-8 Euro/night (adults), 12-15 Euro/night for a camper pitch and 5 Euro/night per child. This camping is situated about 5 kilometers from the center, so it is quiet enough to enjoy the serenity and beautiful surroundings, while at the same time having great access to the city.
Florence – the Pearl of Tuscany
Beautiful, with a big number of relicts, most of which is located in the center. Additionally, it can boast itself for excellent cuisine, festivals, parades, and fairs – Florence engraves in everyone’s memory.
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