Florence, Italy is known as the cradle of the Renaissance. This style and elegance has spread throughout the modern world, making its well-preserved culture a marker in the timeline of world cultural growth. The buildings in Florence were created to impress the gods, so they will work their magic on the lucky traveler who chooses Florence. This city is the place to rekindle a love for aesthetics, romance, and beauty.
The first thing you’ll notice about Florence is that everything is made with beauty in mind. The arched windows and domes of cathedrals reach toward heaven. They are functional art, housing museums and places of worship. A fine example of this is the Piazza del Duomo. Located in the heart of Florence, surrounding this plaza are some of the most iconic buildings in in the city. The Baptistery, also known as the Baptistery of Saint John, is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. Built between 1059 and 1128, this octagon-shaped building features three sets of gilded bronze doors with ornate scenes and an awe-inspiring mosaic that crowns its ceiling. Also on the plaza is the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the city’s most well-known building, where you’ll find sculptures of Gothic and Renaissance styles. The Opera del Duomo is tranquil museum that uses light and space to magnify the significance of the art found in Florence.
Another prominent museum is the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), located on the Piazza della Signoria. Undoubtedly one of the largest and most well-known museums in the world. This museum is pure art from floor to ceiling. It features works from some of the most famous Renaissance artists: Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Leonardo de Venci. The space inside is utilized in a way to accentuate perspective, with spacious hallways and domed ceilings. The Uffizi Gallery is a must-see for anyone traveling to Florence.
Of course, you can’t talk about Florence without mentioning the palette-pleasing Florentine cuisine. Florentine foods rely on four primary ingredients: bread, plain and airy; extra-virgin olive oil, for clean and tasty frying results; and roasted or wine-braised game such as boar, deer, rabbit, and beef. These ingredients are combined with the freshest produce possible to create a meal to be savored, and unforgettable. The meals are often simple, yet created with great care to be enjoyed by the traveler. Florence is also the home of Chianti wine, which is paired with many meals to top off an already amazing experience.
Whether the traveler is heading to Florence for the magnificent art that covers every inch of the historical city centre, or the food which delights the senses beyond expectation, TAP Portugal can fly you there. Especially since they’ve introduced their Stopover program, where travelers can enjoy up to 5 nights Lisbon or Porto (or any other TAP Portugal destination) for no additional airfare. This makes a trip to the classic city of Florence a journey to remember.
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