Flavours of Florence
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Once in a while, there is a great outbreak of creativity. Rather like an epidemic, many people catch the creative spirit and the result is a memorable flowering of achievement. Perhaps the most recent was the British music wave of the 1960's, emanating initially from Liverpool. Earlier in the 20th Century, physics experienced a similar creative wave when relativity and quantum mechanics proved that light, energy, and matter were much stranger than we earlier imagined.
But the greatest creative flowering was surely the Renaissance, centered in Florence (known as Firenze to Italians).l
There is much to see in this beautiful city to steep yourself in the Renaissance.
The Piazzale Michelangelo provides a wonderful view of the city and it is worth making several visits in different lights, including after dark.
The Ponte Vecchio is both beautiful and historic. Built in the 14th Century, it was the only bridge be preserved by the retreating Nazis in 1944.
One could spend days in the Uffizi gallery which showcases the development of art before and during the Renaissance.
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo). It was begun in 1296 and completed in 1436. The enormous dome, designed by Brunelleschi, can be climbed to see close-up views of the painted ceiling and then 360 degree views of Florence.
The city centre is an art gallery in its own right, with many wonderful sculptures adorning public squares.