Florence Italy – from my Travel in a Changing World book One

Florence (Firenze) in Italy became a flourishing town by the 11th century due to the wool trade. The building of the Basilica dates from that period. The city strategically situated on the Arno river developed into a Renaissance city and centre of European civilisation. It was not without fierce struggles for conquest of the city, but by the 19th century had developed into the treasure that we know today in regard to architecture, art, culture and trade. The whole of Tuscany is important for agriculture, industry, trade and tourism. There are too many treasures in Florence to see within a week, but I will mention some of my favourites that are a MUST to experience. The whole group of buildings around the cathedral (Duomo) to start with. Make sure you look at the magnificent ceiling of the Baptistry. In the old palace, there are many famous statues. Look at the facial expressions on the one called the “Rape of the Sabrina Women” In the Uffizi gallery, you cannot miss seeing the painting ” Birth of Venus” by Botticelli or the masterpiece by Michelangelo “The Holy Family”. In Santa Croce church is the large ornate tomb of this artist created by Vasari. Of course in the Academy, you must see the original Statue of David and make sure you visit the Medici Chapel and the Ponte Vecchil bridge over the Arno. Your brain will be exhausted from taking in all these magnificent sights but the experience will remain with you for a lifetime. For shopping, you can get some good bargains in clothing, shoes and leatherware.

The next travel blog will be on Venice

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