Some will say that this city is Italian pearl. The others will add that this pearl is a paradise for lovers of art, history, fashion food, and connoisseurs. You are guessing already…don’t you?
Work of Art by Itself
Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance, place where live more than 1 million works of Renaissance art, the city that was voted for the best city in Europe in this year’s Travel and Leisure World’s Awards. The city where the Italian Renaissance is born is full with the most famed artworks from ‘’David’’ from Michelangelo to ‘’ The Birth of Venus’’ by Botticelli. Here we can include the Duomo – the most famous Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Also here is the greatest artwork in all of Italy, and one of the largest in the world, an ‘’open-air museum’’, not simply a container for artworks but a work of art in its own right.
Fashion at its Core
With the exception of the historic treasure, the global fashion brands like Gucci, Pucci and Roberto Cavalli are born in Florence. Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, the first set up shop of Salvatore Ferragamo and its permanent collection from 10,000 pairs of shoes are also here.
If you are a fan of wood products, jewelry and metal vases you can shop them on the Southbank of the Arno River – Orlando where there are specializing studios. In a neighborhood, in San Frediano you can shop handmade products such as silverware jewelry and shoes and antique glassware.
The Paradise for Food Lovers
At locations like Mercato Centrale Firenze, the food lovers can enjoy everything from fresh mozzarella and pasta to bread and ornate chocolates. But if you enjoy more homemade food and try to cook Italian specialties by your own, you can take cooking courses. You’ll learn how to prep some of the delicacies like hand-roller ricotta, spinach ravioli, and tiramisu and of course wine. In the mix is included a course on food photography.
Another pleasure that Florence gives you access to, is the Tuscan countryside. It is a place where in the middle of natural landscape you can enjoy the day choosing Chianti wines.
Well, my hedonists, no more time to wait… You’d better book your flight and check out the city that has been chosen to be the best city in Europe.