Florence - The Italian Renaissance


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Florence is the cradle of the Italian renaissance, surrounded by the splendor of the Tuscan countryside, being a destination valued by millions of tourists due to its architecture and art collection.

Renaissance theory...

One theory reveals that after the fall of Constantinople, the migration of Greek scholars in Italian cities, including Florence, was an important factor. Medici family also played a significant role, leading the city. The family owned the largest Italian bank and also was recognized for the immense love for art. Lorenzo de'Medici transformed the city in the capital of artists, in Florence, in that period, moving famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Masaccio and Michelangelo.

In Florence you can admire de’Medici famous family library, designed by Michelangelo, which contains over 11,000 manuscripts and over 5,000 books, as well as some unique items, like the oldest version of the Vulgate, the Florentine Codex and the Squarcialupi Codex.

The egg theory…

Impressive is the most famous Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, which is among the largest churches in Italy, its construction lasted 140 years, from the early fifteenth, putting the issue of lifting the dome. Therefore, Filippo Brunelleschi, who build the dome and won the challenge to place an egg upright on a marble surface (he broke the egg on one end), but not unveiled until the completion of the dome, the plan for its construction. The work lasted 16 years and the dome was completed in 1436, being one of the greatest architectural wonders of that epoch. The impressive Cathedral’s dome has a diameter of about 45.5 m and with its cylindrical construction which supports his height, it measures 70 m.

Uffizi Gallery ... a myriad of treasures in one place…

Uffizi Gallery houses one of the largest collections of art. Initially the gallery was designed to be an office building, hence the name '' uffizi’’ - offices. Today the museum occupies most of the building which includes famous works of consecrated artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian and Botticelli. What is painful is that the museum has only 6,000 square meters and is not enough to expose all the art works, reason why a large part are kept in a warehouse. The Uffizi Gallery is appreciated also by the pop culture. If you remember in the movie Hannibal, Hannibal Lecter kills two victims in the Uffizi Gallery, referring to the works of Caravaggio and Dante.

Something special about Florence...

Florence Center is the area with the largest number of work arts in the world exposed per square kilometer and known for its warm climate, and Florentina football club. Talking about football, in the middle ages, the richest city inhabitants wore stylish clothes, playing a kind of rugby, called ‘’Calcio Fiorentino’’, which is still playing. You will definitely be surprised to find out that Florence was the first European city with paved streets and according to UNESCO statistics, in Florence is a large part of the most beautiful work art in the world. Also, in 1563, was founded in Florence, the first Academy of Art and Design in Europe.

Florence is more than you can imagine, a triumphant combination of pure art, opulent palaces and old majestic domes, is her desire to discover step by step and get surrounds in her mystery and exuberance. When you have a chance to visit Italy, convince your steps mind and soul to visit Florence and you will understand what I mean.

 

 

 

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