Florence

Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

🙂 Famous art from historic Masters. Ponte Vecchio. The famed terracotta dome. Statue of David. Food. Ambiance.

🙁 Nothing negative to report.

THREE things we did not know about Florence:

  1. The city of Florence that we know today dates back to 59 B.C. when Julius Caesar founded the city and turned it into a settlement for veteran Roman soldiers. 
  2. The construction of Santa Maria del Fiore (more famous as Il Duomo) began at 1296 and it was completed in 1436. This means it took 140 years to complete the construction process. It is the 3rd largest cathedral in the world (after St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and London’s St. Paul.). It has the largest masonry dome in the world – as big as a football pitch!
  3. The famous gelato was invented in Florence by Bernardo Buontalenti and the first time this delicious creamy dessert was served was on a 16th-century banquet organised for the Spanish King by the Medici family.

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