Majestic Florence

Florence is a beautiful city, and special to me as my Fiancée and I got engaged there in the Summer of 2012 in the Boboli Gardens at the Pitti Palace.

Many people do not know but Florence was the capital of Italy for a short period in 1865. During this short period the city saw a phenomenal bulldozing of medieval walls, and medieval quaters, and a re-design of the city and its town planning. Since then it has been the relatively modern Tuscan regional capital. It is a beautiful, chaotic and intense city and well worth a visit.

Historically, the power and wealth of the Medici family, who invested and developed the city for centuries, still runs strong throughout the city. The Medici family's buildings and crest of six balls adorns many public buildings around the city. For centuries the wealthy family supported some the greatest artists and sculptors of all time such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Giotto, the Lippis, Masaccio, Botticelli, Pontormo. A range of others also left their mark, and unbelievable galleries and collections such as the Uffizi, Pitti and Accademia today house many of their works.

Fashion wise, Florentines can be considered some of the best dressed people in the world with Florence being the home of Gucci and Ferragamo. Stylish boutiques run up and down the galleries and palazzi.







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The memory of the Medici, who for centuries commanded the city’s fortunes and were, as generous patrons, instrumental in unleashing the Renaissance, lives on. To this day the family crest of six balls adorns many public buildings. The city’s artists and sculptors, supported by the Medici and other powerful families, regaled the city with their finest creations. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Giotto, the Lippis, Masaccio, Botticelli, Pontormo and a host of others left their mark, and formidable galleries such as the Uffizi, Pitti and Accademia today house many of their works.

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4 comments:

  1. What a majestic city it is. I could stand on the Ponte Vecchio all day :)

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    1. Such a great bridge! I love it there :)

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  2. One of my favourite places in Europe! :)

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    1. Isn't it wonderful Claire! I love Tuscany x

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