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Walking in Florence

Posted on by Simone Uggè

After discovering curiosities and anecdotes about Milan together, today we find ourselves in Florence, the splendid chief town of Tuscany. Important cultural center since the Middle Age, the city is a UNESCO heritage site and hosts many of the most important museums and works of art in the world.

Let's start a virtual tour together to discover this extraordinary city!

Art and culture

The obligatory stop we can begin from is definitely the Brunelleschi's Dome, whose bell tower was designed by Giotto even if he did not see it finished. The Baptistery, built in the fourth century, is one of the oldest buildings in Florence, while the Duomo, also known as Santa Maria del Fiore, stands out for its facade in white and green marble.

The Ponte Vecchio until 1565, was full of shops of merchants and butchers, who were moved in favor of goldsmiths and artisans, considered crafts more suitable to the beauty of the place.

In Piazza della Signoria we find Palazzo Vecchio, characterized by the impossibility of photographing it in its entirety: it is too big and too tall to make it fit into a single photograph. At its entrance there is a copy of Michelangelo's David.

The Uffizi Museum houses masterpieces of every century: Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Rosso Fiorentino, Botticelli, Leonardo, Signorelli, Perugino, Durer and many others.

The Basilica of Santa Croce houses instead the remains of many people linked to the city, such as Dante, Vittorio Alfieri, Antonio Canova, Niccolò Machiavelli, Gioacchino Rossini and Ugo Foscolo, while Santa Maria Novella is an example of "tuscan romanesque" for the use of white, black and green marble.

Food

Florence is famous throughout Italy for its steak, but it has many other simple and genuine dishes created by ordinary people who were able to transform poor and essential ingredients, such as bread, oil and vegetables, into very good dishes. Among the first there are the pappa with tomato and the ribollita. The queen of the latter is the famous florentine steak, which cannot weigh less than 1.2 kg, must be rare and goes with red wine. Tuscany has something to say about it: Chianti, Brunello and Montepulciano are famous all over the world.

Social life and events

As well as being one of the cities with an extraordinary cultural heritage, Florence is also one of the liveliest urban realities in Italy even at night. Many young people usually start the evening with a glass of wine and some snacks.

The Ancient Vinaio is the first pre-evening proposal in the Florentine capital for its excellent selection of wines and a wide selection of sandwiches at very affordable prices. If you prefer a good beer, a couple of sausages on a cutting board with some tuscan bread and a rock'n'roll atmosphere, the Trip for Three is for you. Located a few meters from the station, this pub is characterized by an almost british atmosphere with notes of rock and blues.

Florence also hosts some of the most beautiful clubs in Italy, such as the Space Club, famous for its Caramello evening, which usually costs 1 euro. If instead you want to look for something more underground, the solution can be found on Thursday evening at Babylon, where the Tropical Animals evening offers alternative electronic music. If what you want to live is the experience of the big names behind the console, the most suitable solution is that of the Tenax, home and residence of the legendary Planet Funk dj, Alex Neri.

 

Florence can really satisfy every desire and it is a city suitable for everyone: all we have to do is pack our bags and set off to discover it!

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