Florence is home to about 375,000 people and a breath of fresh air for the 16 million tourist that visit each year. With a number so high, one may question what in fact does Florence, Italy have to offer?
I’ll start off by saying, Florence (Firenze) is everything that I never knew it was. Yes it is home to the infamous Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, iconical and historical sites, but the italian culture and lifestyle is oh so much more.
The history of Florence dates back to 59 B.C. and is highlighted during the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries for the Renaissance period. The city was thankful for the artistic and intellectual life that came into creation such as the authors and artists: Dante, Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Each neighborhood claims its specialty, Santa Maria Novella as the location of the train station, the fashionista dream on Via Tornabuoni, or the Oltrarno that preserves the artisan mindset and where many locals reside.
But, I’m two months in and I can define Firenze by its character, charm, and personality.
Character is defined by the way the Duomo stands above all allowing you to locate yourself anywhere, walking through the secret passageway used by the Medici family accompanied by the Uffizi Gallery, which is adorned with the unique artworks and masterpieces of the Renaissance. Character is being a proud Florentine because not one person will ever say they would rather live anywhere else.
Charm is all of the ‘little things’: every all’ora (the italian word that starts almost every other sentence), sunsets at Piazzale Michelangelo, and gelaterias where the smallest cups offer the biggest scoops.
Lastly, personality which is indulging in the finest cuisine specialized to be able to taste every ingredient in its truest form and flavor.
So, if you are wondering how you can check all of this off your list on your visit to Florence, I recommend you take a guided Walk and Talk Tour in order to get yourself well acquainted with the city. Doing so, will allow you to emerge into the history that surrounds you at every corner. You can book online through the Florencetown website.