“F” in #AtoZChallenge
As I promised yesterday here I am in a place from Dan Brown‘s location.
Our next destination in this challenge is about Florence in Italy, the land of Renaissance.
Ciao Amico!! [Hello Friend!]
Yes, what else is the best way to greet a person in Italian soil, especially in a place where this very Italian language was born?
You are right, Florence or Firenze is the place where the Italian language was born.
Florence lies in the Tuscany region of Italy. This region has many contributions to the Italian history. Especially Florence gave birth to many personalities from Medici families.
We could also call Florence as the land of today’s Italian language. Dante Alighieri was the one who is mainly responsible to change the previous dialect and form this Italian language.
Many people who may not know this history, but I am sure many know the Inferno. Inferno is the first in the series of books called Divine Comedy, written by Dante. Inferno talks about the suffering the soul face once it reaches the Hell through those 9 circles.
Even those who do not know this Divine Comedy or Dante Alighieri name will certainly know the Inferno. Thanks to Dan Brown who made this even more famous.
It’s not just Dante, but also a lot of other personalities from the Medici families. Famous people like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Roberto Cavalli, and Guccio Gucci. The famous nurse or the founder of the Nurse Florence Nightingale was obviously from here.
Not just personalities, even the Piano was from here in Florence. And not to forget the Gelato, that was also a proud contribution from Florence.
So, as you can see this land has contributed a lot to the Italian history.
Florence was the capital of Italy for 6 years during the initial period before Rome became the capital.
With so many personalities, do you think the place would lack anything in Art or Architecture? Definitely no.
So, are these not good enough reason to visit Florence? Of course, it is.
The sheer love of Michelangelo work, made me make a visit to Florence during one of the Christmas vacations. We made sure that we visited the Accademia and the Uffizi for admiring the beauties from the hands of Michelangelo.
The David statue [Should I flag it as adult content?] in the Academia was originally placed in Palazzo Della Signoria outside the Palazzo Vecchio. After the damage happened to the hands of David statue, it was repaired and placed in this Academia museum. The one you notice today in Palazzo Vecchio is the replica of the original work of Michelangelo.
Do you believe that Michelangelo was only 26 years when he made this David status, one of his masterpiece? Interestingly he was working on this piece for over 2 years and not many knew about this.
You can find this famous David statue in many places in Florence. The original in Accademia Museum, replica in Palazzo Della Signoria, and a bronze model on Piazza Michelangelo.
Basilica di Santa Croce
Santa Croce is the burial place for the great personalities in Florence. Michelangelo is buried in Santa Croce, as are Rossini, Machiavelli, and the Pisan-born Galileo Galilei. There is also a memorial to Dante, but his sarcophagus is empty since he is actually buried in Ravenna as he was exiled from Florence.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
This cathedral or the Duomo is the 4th largest in the world. This church was under construction for more than 100 years. 140 years to be precise. Giotto’s Campanile or the bell tower will certainly be one of these memorable moments. If you are adventurous try to climb this tower which has more than 400 steps. But once on the top, believe me, you will find one of the spectacular views of Florence.
Palazzo Della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio
This square has an important place in the political history of Florence.
It was here the original David status was present. During the riots against the Medici family, the left hand of the statue was broken into multiple pieces. Only after this incident, the statue was moved to the Accademia Museum. This house got its name [Vecchio means Old] when the Medici family moved from this house to the Palazzo Pitti.
When the Medici family moved from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, which is on the other side of the river, they want to build passages to connect these. And the result was the Vasari’s Corridor that runs on top of this Ponte Vecchio or old bridge.
Initially, there were only butchers and fish sellers in this bridge, but then the Medici drove them away. It was soon occupied by the Jewellers and souvenir sellers. Even today, you will see plenty of such shops on this bridge.
Do you believe that Hitler was a great admirer of this Ponte Vecchio?
Yes. Florence was severely damaged during the World War II, but this Ponte Vecchio was left untouched. It is said that it was considered so beautiful that even Hitler did not want to bomb the Ponte Vecchio.
This is a big green park behind the Pitti Palace, which hosts a number of sculptures. Do you remember Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks running away to escape through the corridor? Yes exactly. This is the garden where the story is placed on by Dan Brown in his Inferno book.
Are you looking to have a panoramic view of Florence? Then you need to rush to the Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy. Make sure you reach there by sunset, and I bet you will never forget the experience in life.
In here, you can find the third statue of David, made of bronze. This place is dedicated to the great son of the soil, Michelangelo.
Do not miss the leather shops around here in Florence. You get really nice leather bags and other leather goods. You will find many leather shops. Take it from me, it’s really good stuff you can get here.
My theme for the April 2018 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the places I have been to. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here.
Interested to know my next destination starting with letter G? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
Or wait, and I promise it would definitely be worth the wait!