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Florence Overview

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. If this saying is true, you will find the city of Florence itself, a thing of beauty and joy. Florence, an Italian city, is the historical birthplace of Renaissance in Europe. Though Florence is next to Rome in the list of the cities of Italy, its architectural landmarks, picturesque galleries, palatial buildings, sprawling squares, glittering museums and sky-kissing towers are no less wonderful than the historic, artistic and culture possessions of Rome.

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Florence is a must visit, if you are about to paint a larger-than-life picture of majesty and magnificence, grandeur and grandness, art and beauty. Also known as the city of the lily, the fame of Florence rests on its age-old image as the Italian hub of Renaissance art and architecture in Europe. With statues and sculptures dotting the piazzas, domes and towers surpassing the height of the sky, palatial palazzi dominating the cityscape, Florence is a beautiful gallery full of of gleam and glory, in itself. The cityscape is steeped in history of the Medieval era and decorated with breathtaking blooms of the Renaissance period.

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The attractions of Florence or the Florentine attractions of Italy are several in number. Each of the city lights is a highlight of the Florentine heritage. Satisfying travellers’ thirst for visual pleasures are the top attractions of Florence. Ponte Vehicco, the oldest and most famous bridge of Florence over the Arno River, is the umbilical chord connecting the northern and southern parts of the city. Standing tall amidst splendours of the Piazza della Signoria is the Campanile or Gitto’s Bell Tower, from where the glimpses of the city are sensual delights for the eyes. The Duomo is a stunning specimen of medieval architecture, with delicate details in design and decor. Decorated with visually appealing Renaissance frescoes, the Duomo is a picture of absolute vastness. Capturing the imagination of travellers is the Piazza della Signoria, the most eventful square of the city in all seasons. The Duomo, the Campanile and Palazzo Vecchio are the lavish architectural attractions of Piazza della Signorio. Palazzo Pitti is a living portrait of Renaissance landscaping with statues, fountains, gardens and ponds. The Uffizi gallery is home to masterpieces of the Italian artists from the Renaissance era.

Offering stunning views of the Acropolis from high is Lykavittos Hill, another attraction of Athens away from the buzzing city centre. A visit to the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine Museum is a journey back to the golden days of the Athenian era.

Florence Overview