The Timeless Beauty of Florence
The iconic city of Florence has been eulogized in numerous works of art, literature and theatre since Shakespearean times. Considered by many to be the jewel of Renaissance era Italy, this one time capital city takes pride in its rich cultural and historical heritage. The undying legacy of the Medici, the city's erstwhile ruling class who played an integral role in ushering in the Renaissance lives on in the city's architectural marvels. The family crest of the Medici can be seen adorning the walls and entrances of various public buildings in the city. It was the Medici that nurtured and facilitated the artistic prowess of legendary Rembrandts including Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo. The art galleries of Accademia, Pitti and Uffizi have on display some of the finest works of art and sculpture left behind by these artistic greats. The city is acknowledged widely for its prized architectural creations. The acrylic fridge magnet depicts a few of the city's architectural stalwarts including the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, which is the third largest cathedral in the world, the Basilica di Santa Croce and the bell tower of Giotto's Campanile.
Where to Stay In Florence
True to its image as an attractive tourist destination, Florence offers plenty of cheap and affordable places to stay and experience the city. There are apartments on rent for the more personalized tourist and numerous B&B options as well. If luxury hotels are your preference, then classy upscale property with a fascinating 360 view of the city are available. And for a true backpacker experience, head to the hostels, located in the heart of the city.