Florence: the city of the heart
Florence is undoubtedly one of the most evocative Italian cities rich in history, art, culture and social life.
It is recommended for those who appreciate nature and love spending time in green spaces, and then make a healthy walk among the monumental works, museums, monuments and, finally, devote themselves to artistic and social events.
Florence is an exquisite city rich in historical heritage as it hosts some of the most interesting museums in the world of art.
The most famous is certainly the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important art galleries in Italy and in the world. It was initially home to the offices of the Medici family but, nowadays, it has become a " glass case" of art, which contains the masterpieces of the most famous Italian and foreign artists in the world, such as: Cimabue, Giotto, Masaccio, Beato Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, etc.
The second most visited museum in the city of Florence is the Accademia Gallery; here you can admire Michelangelo's David, as well as five of his most important sculptures: the four Prisons, the San Matteo and a collection of paintings in Gothic and Renaissance style.
Near the Gallery are the Medici Chapels, the state museum and burial place of the Medici family, present in some areas of the Basilica of San Lorenzo.
The city of Florence is particularly rich of beautiful architectures, especially in the historic center, you can fall in love with the amazing buildings and beautiful squares.
The most famous monument is the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore, better known with the name of Duomo, in which we can admire spectacular sculptures and 3600 square meters of frescoes, made by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.
Near the central station, you can admire the church of Santa Maria Novella, seat of the Dominican order in Florence.
The Romanesque style characterizes the exterior of the church, with white and green marbles and geometric designs, while the inside is characterized by a Gothic style.
Beyond the Arno stands the Church of Santo Spirito, initially built by Brunelleschi and finished by Salvi d'Andrea: inside you can admire many frescoes, paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance.
The city area of Florence is divided into five districts, while the historic center is divided into four areas, coinciding with the areas of the medieval city. Therefore, in the historic center you can visit:
• the district of Santa Maria Novella, north-west of the city;
• the San Giovanni district, to the north-east of the city, where the Baptistery of San Giovanni is located;
• the district of Santa Croce, south-east of the city, where the Basilica of Santa Croce is located;
• The district of Santo Spirito, to the southwest.
Art and Entertainment
During the year the city of Florence organizes numerous events. Among the most important are those related to fashion such as, for example, Pitti Immagine Uomo, Bimbo, Filati, Casa and ModaPelle. Certainly fashion strongly influences the general lifestyle, social relations and popularization among classes, cultures and generations.
Another event hosted in Florence, every two years in December at the Fortezza da Basso, is the Biennale Internazionale di Arte; it is an international showcase, where talented artists can present their latest works.
Fabbrica Europea is a festival organized every spring, in which various forms of art are presented, both experimental and contemporary, and welcomes artists of European significance.
The festival is located at Stazione Leopolda, appropriately equipped to accommodate artists from different fields: from painting to music, from theater to literature.
The Festival of Creativity is organized every year in October, in the Fortezza da Basso; in it are welcomed and presented various artistic sectors: fashion, design, music, art, technology, poetry, virtual worlds.
The Intercity Festival, finally, allows the maximum artistic expression of foreign companies, new Italian productions, as well as offering a conspicuous calendar of collateral events.
For those who want to have fun in Florence, it surely has many opportunities: clubs, pubs and discos, present in the city center, near the Duomo or in other famous squares. Therefore, if you want to listen to live or chill-out music, you must visit the Tenax; if, on the other hand, you want to dance to Latin American music, it is necessary to visit Jaragua.
At the Yab, a historic venue in Central Park, you can hear hip-hop music.
From the end of spring and throughout the summer, many events and concerts are organized in every city square, such as: in Piazza S.S. Annunziata and in Piazza S. Ambrogio are organized jazz concerts, ethnic music and screened videos.