FLORENCE, Italy

"La Culla Del Rinascimento" 

(Cradle of the Renaissance)

 

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Florence is a Tuscan city rich with history, art, and culture. On our trip we visited several Basilicas: the Basilica di Santa Croce, which is the principal Franciscan church; the Basilica of San Lorenzo, one of the many churches that claims to be the oldest in Florence and holds the remains of the Medici family; and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as "Duomo di Firenze." We also crossed the famous Ponte Vecchio, a Medieval stone arch built in 1117 over the Arno River and witnessed a traditional parade through the city.  

 
 

Florence is also believed to have the greatest concentration of art (in proportion to its size) in the world. No trip would be complete without seeing the works of Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. They can be found in the Loggia dei Lanza along with other museums. Since most of the museums were closed on Sunday, I had fun seeking out famous street art. Keep your eyes sharp and you won't have to look far to find it!

 
 

Of everything I saw in Florence, my biggest takeaway was about how to travel more then anything else. If you really want to experience a place you have to embrace it. When in Tuscany, you must do things the Tuscan way. Find that local restaurant that serves traditional Tuscan foods and try the Pappa al Pomodoro or Ribollita, Fagioli Bianchi, and Chianina with Chianti wine (tomato soup/vegetable soup, white beans, beef, regional wine). Drink from the city water fountains. Experience Florence as a true Italian would.

 
 

And don't forget to get a little luck by rubbing the famous Porcellino's golden snout, which has been dripping water since 1634. As the saying goes, placing a coin in-between his gaping jaws insures your return to Florence.