Early Florence

Early Florence

In 1252 the independent Republic of Florence started to mint golden coins and called them ”fiorino” and the show had begun….
This classical tour is a walk among the medieval streets of Florence to follow Dante’s foot steps and past the first public edifice called The Bargello, once home to a frightening dark prison. Now the Bargello is one of the world’s most famous sculptural museums. We will visit the Franciscan church of Santa Croce, which proudly holds the funeral monuments of some of the most famous Italians such as Michelangelo, Gallileo Gallilei, Rossini, Macchiavelli and many others. Walking through the middle ages we will arrive in the religious center of the city with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Bell tower of Giotto and one of the early mysteries of Florence, the Baptistery. We will experience a moment of Paridise viewing Lorenzo Ghiberti’s wonderful Gates then visit one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge.Once home to many butcher shops, it now houses a wonderful array of beautiful and exquisite jewelry shops; a shoppers paradise.
Do you know that in the city of Florence lives a wild boare who makes your dreams come true? This bronze wild boar inspired one of Hans Christian Andersen more delightful fairy tales; “The Metal Pig”. We will caress his shiny nose and make a wish of a return to this wonderful city. Our tour will end in the political centre, Piazza della Signoria, an open air sculpture museum where stands the symbol of the ancient Florentine republic, the Palazzo Vecchio, or the city hall. Standing in front and seeming to guard this magnificent edifice is a copy of the most famous statue ever created; Michelangelo’s marble ‘David’.
To better experience the atmosphere of the city I recommend lunch at a small typical ‘trattoria’ where one may dine on one of the cities most famous dishes, ‘bistecca fiorentina’ or florentine steak. It’s delicious with some olive oil and a glass of Chianti wine!

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