Florence is the Capital city of Tuscany where art, history, adventure, romance, food, and wine come together to create the perfect city in which to spend your holidays.
Florence was the center of medieval European trade and finance. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.
Florence, thanks to its beauty, it attracts millions of tourists each year. Indeed the city has been declared from UNESCO a World Heritage Site.
Don’t waste your time, book your holidays in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Florence and other Tuscany Cities
Tuscany is full of incredible cities. Once you go to Florence, you should also visit other important and magnificent towns such as Lucca, Siena, Pisa, and Arezzo.
Why these cities are so famous and visited? Let’s discover the reasons.
Florence, as we said previously, is the capital city of Tuscany. The history of this city began in the first century B.C. with the Romans settlements.
During the years, Florence grew up and became the most important city in Europe thanks to its political, cultural and economic power.
In the XV Century the city was under the role of the Medici Family and since that time Florence became the destination of many artists who fell in love with it.
It still possible admire many paintings, sculptures and masterpieces from that period such as the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, the Brunelleschi Cathedral, the Baptistery of San Giovanni who is the Saint protector of the city, and the Giotto’s Bell Tower.
The main symbol of Florence is the Uffizi Gallery. The museum opened for the first time in 1591 and it is one of the most visited galleries in the world. Here is possible to admire the private collection of the Medici Family, composed of priceless busts and statues.
In the gallery are preserved many paints and sculptures, the masterpieces that made the history of art in Florence. Works made by artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Leonardo, Mantegna, Raffaello, Goya, Caravaggio, and many others. All these artworks are collections from the XIV Century and the Renaissance period.
Palazzo Pitti is another important part of the city where is also possible to admire and take a walk in its Boboli Gardens. In this garden, there are statues, the Porcelain Museum, the Galleria del Costume, and Museo degli Argenti.
You will fall in love with this unique, romantic and incredible city, as well as the artists from the past.
Lucca is a city known for its Renaissance-era city walls. The walls were built between 1504 and 1645, and the impressive aspect of it is that they are still intact.
Lucca became famous in the XV century thanks to the art of silk. This kind of art in the city was the main economic source.
The city of Lucca is full of historical monuments, museums and churches. The National Museum of Palazzo Mansi, the Ducal Palace, the botanical garden, Villa Giunigi, the Cathedral, the Museum of the Archaeology and much more.
Furthermore, every year the city hosts the Lucca Comics and Games festival. It is the largest European Festival inspired to comics, movies, videogames, and related subjects that attract many visitors from different Italian cities and around the world.
If you are passionate about this “world” you cannot miss the event!
Siena is a city very famous for its “Palio”, namely the horse race held twice each year that attract many people, not only local but also foreign.
The city is not only the Palio but art, museums, culture, and of course incredible traditional dishes.
Siena, as well as many other cities in the Tuscany region, it is an old and Etruscan city.
It reached its peak during the Middle ages, and today it is still possible to admire the ancient narrow alleys typical from that historical period.
The main attractions in the city are the Cathedral, Salimbeni Palace, the Medicean Fortress, Piazza del Campo. The square is the economic and social center of the city since the XIV and the Palio take place in this part of the town.
The Civic Museum, where are preserved the masterpieces of the most important and famous artists that visited the city in the past. Palazzo Pubblico is important for its gothic shape.
Walk-in Siena will make you feel like in the past centuries, in the Middle Ages.
An unforgettable experience in Tuscany
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