Florence is a city full of art, culture and history. It’s a beautiful, green part of the world where time has a different meaning and every night al fresco dining lights the streets.
From the Uffizi Gallery to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella visual expression takes lead on Florence’s tourist attractions, presenting Tuscany’s mantra as beauty being in creation — be it from the gods of architecture, sculpture, painting or Christianity.
There is not much more that you can expect from Europe than watching Firenze from Piazza Michelangelo, be it day or night, as building after building will scatter in front of your eyes in a red, white and yellow haze, accentuated only by the likes of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchino. It is not any wonder that polymaths such as Michelangelo chose to live and create in such a city.
As the city begins to seep from your toes to head, Florence inspires grandeur at every step through its cobbled streets. The city’s heavy injection of creative interest suggests to those that visit that scattered musings and a multitude of passions will mesh into a intricate whole. So perhaps it is a place for confused individuals to believe in an ability to morph into something just as diverse, jagged and awe-inspiring as a Florentine landscape. In Florence it is advantageous to be conflicted, to have your fingers in many pies. Without varied interests you would never be able to experience all that the city has to offer.
Residents of Florence will gesture, shout and exclaim at tourists, but they will also live off of them. The city is a place to be shared and although at times English was heard more frequently than Italian (due to the high level of American transfer students), Florence is still very much an Italian city.
It’s a place of rich layers but also simplicity, a place many times walked over, but still with a lot to discover. It is definitely one of the hearts of Italy and an advocate to Italian culture.