Fantastic Florence

Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Tuesday, July 13, 2010


After the rush in Rome, we carried on our journey to Florence. Florence is nothing like what we've seen so far. It was just the perfect blend of the modern influence and ancient culture. Florence’s uniqueness drew us all into its long history and its rich culture. It was the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, also known as Florentine Renaissance. As we travelled through the narrow streets of the city, it gave us a false impression of travelling back in time. In fact, the streets were so narrow, driving could not be achieved. Yes, not even the tiny weeny petit Smart car. Bicycles were the main transport in town, which added to the city’s distinctiveness. The old fashioned styles and the delicateness of the bicycles also contributed romantic elements to this ancient town.

One of the main attractions in Florence was its grand Cathedral. The facade of the cathedral was decorated with much care and precision, every decoration represented a piece of history. It was built not by government funding but by citizen funding, therefore the construction took only a short fifteen years to complete. The design was done by Leonardo da Vinci’s master and this was the first few projects da Vinci took part in – again emphasising the city’s famous history for creating artists. Our experience of the arty city was thickened by the numerous encounters of free-style artists in the streets. There were musicians playing well known classical music, artists illustrating on the ground, and countless portrait artists more than willing to live off their talents.

The art history of the town simply does not end. Uffizi art gallery presented us incredible art works by famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Lippi, and Botticelli. Art works well represented the different periods and styles of both paintings and sculptures. Da Vinci’s three paintings were all very well preserved and showed obvious developments in his work and his own character. Not only the art works were unforgettable, but the gallery itself was just as magnificent.

Florence was definitely my personally favourite, not only because of its arty atmosphere but also the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING GELATO! Best ice-cream ever, with absolutely no exaggerations. Such diverse flavours and fresh ingredients, creamy goodness was irresistible.  


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