Florence, the cradle of Renaissance and Malo's home
Florence, for a historian, for an art lover, but also for a simple lover of harmony in itself, is a daydream.
It is precisely here that the stendhal syndrome was born, that sense of dizziness, of fainting that seized the great French writer coming out of the basilica of Santa Croce, and that, still today, captures those who visit the city.
There is a handkerchief of land that identifies the Tuscan capital in the whole world. It is the one between the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, the Loggia dei lanzi.
Piazza della Signoria represents the historical centre of civil life and houses the fourteenth-century Loggia dei lanzi, the Fountain of Neptune and Palazzo Vecchio, one of the monuments-symbol of the city, in front of which rise some famous statues including a copy of the famous David by Michelangelo.
Next to the square there is the majestic Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the most important museums in the world, which includes works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many other great artists.
Particularly impressive is the medieval quarter of Santa Croce, dominated by the Basilica of the same name, famous for the frescoes of Giotto and for the tombs of many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli.
Across the ancient Ponte Vecchio, dotted with historic goldsmith’s shops, we reach the scenographic square dominated by Palazzo Pitti, the imposing and sumptuous palace that was the residence of the Medici and Lorraine, with the wonderful park, the boboli Garden, beautiful Italian style garden.
Do not miss the panoramic Piazzale Michelangelo, a favourite destination for tourists for the wonderful view of Florence and the surrounding hills.
There are many treasures and places to discover. But Florence is not only its monuments and its art. You can also walk along the Arno river, get lost in the bohemian alleys of the Olarno or through the ancient walls of San Nicolò. Live the Florentine neighborhoods as Santo Spirito, teeming with life.
Florence is song and cheer, Florence is Guelphs Ghibellines, historical districts that smell of art.