Florence, the Italian treasure box

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Day 1

Walk around this magnificent city, wandering around the streets, because everything here is worth of a visit!

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The city center is full of art, history and culture. You will be enchanted by Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the city, an open-air museum, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its famous dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni.

On the right side of the cathedra you should visit the recently opened Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo, which houses 750 masterpieces of the greatest artists who have lived or seen Florence: Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Pisano, Antonio Pollaiuolo, Luca della Robbia, Andrea del Verrocchio and many others. Not to be missed are the wooden models of Brunelleschi’s Dome, which we can admire from a particular perspective from one window of the second floor.

We should cross Arno river and take a walk up to Palazzo Pitti with its majestic garden Boboli Gardens, an authentic monumental park. Il Giardino dei Boboli is a mixture of holm oaks, sculptures, fountains and hidden corners where you can shelter from hot summers or just relax while staring at the beautiful colors of Fall and Spring.  Boboli is a magic blend of “green architecture” adorned with sculptures. It was copied by many architects for other royal gardens all over the world, such as Versailles.

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I love to stare at Medici Chapel! I stare speechless in front of this extraordinary masterpiece, close to San Lorenzo, and famous also for Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the sacristy. Breathtaking!

Day 2

Let’s start the day with a fun and lively visit to the central market, Il Mercato di San Lorenzo. It is the most famous and crowded in the city.

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Actually the market is divided into two parts: one is indoors, commonly known as Central Market and sells all sorts of food and veggies,  while the other runs along the narrow streets surrounding the Great Hall. Here you will find the famous Florentine craftsmanship of leather dyed in all possible colors, but also clothes and souvenirs for all tastes.

After some good Italian shopping, I’m sure you will find something that suits you, let’s take a gourmet break! the first floor of the market is a food and wine heaven! Here you can taste  all sorts of Florentine and Italian specialties, together with a glass of good wine! The kiosks are open from noon till midnight!

After this gourmet break we are off to Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world. Thousands of masterpieces including sculptures, paintings and miniatures are waiting for us to tell a centuries-old history of beauty.

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Going back in history , in the sixteenth century, and just thinking about the owner of the house located in Borgo Ognissanti 12, why do you think he decided to build his balcony with all architecture upside down?

Day 3

In the point where Arno river was narrow there is one a ford that linked the 2 banks. Nowadays there we will find Ponte vecchio

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Today Ponte Vecchio is famous for its jewelry shop, but one, when it was constructed, it was the place where butchers used to live and have their shops.

Ponte Vecchio is famous for Vasari Corridor . Built in 1565, it was used to link the political and administrative center of the Palazzo Vecchio with the private residence of Medici Family, Palazzo Pitti. It is almost a kilometer long, starting from Uffizi, it passes over the shops of the left side of the bridge! Another wonder of this amazing city.

It’s time to leave, and we say goodbye to this amazing city from its most famous balcony, Piazzale Michelangelo. Before leaving though we should  discover all the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. We have enjoyed it for 2 days and now we learn how to prepare typical dishes of this tasty and simple kitchen. Who knows, we might learn how to cook the famous “pappa al pomodoro” …

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Going back in history , in the sixteenth century, and just thinking about the owner of the house located in Borgo Ognissanti 12, why do you think he decided to build his balcony with all architecture upside down?

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