Firenze, in the Tuscany region of Italy

July 23, 2008

Next stop Lorenzo, Italy and an excursion by train to Florence, in the Tuscany region of Italy. Firenze, as the Italians call Florence, is the capital of Italy. The city lies on the Arno River which passes below the old Ponte Vecchio and Santa Trinita bridge.    Florence has often been described as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

The very grand Il Duomo – Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore, decorated in gaudy green, pink, and white marble, looms like a large octopus with its tentacles stretching down every street leading out of Florence. The ominous gothic statues guard this masterpiece by Brunelleschi.

 

This great historic city honours the artistry of its forefathers; many of the streets are home to painters of this generation, or vendors selling reproduction paintings of the Tuscany landscape. The old structures with their sculptured edifices and large glass door knobs, ornamental windows and grand carved wooden doors, Christian symbols engraved into stone walls and iconic paintings adoring exteriors, stand in harmony with the small shops revealed inside, displaying brightly dyed leather handbags or the latest in fashion from Milan.

 

This is an example of yet another Italian City that has embraced its history and its culture for all to share. 

 

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