The artistic heritage of Florence is perhaps one of the most impressive of any European city. Some of the strongest influences on painting over the centuries is based on the artistic masters of Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries. Names like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli are synonymous with the capital of Tuscany, and as such the legacy of Renaissance artists can be seen throughout the beautiful city.
During the 15th century Florence was the focal point for trade, cultural exchange, entertainment and politics. This kind of draw to an area really leaves its mark, something which can be seen so very clearly today making Florence an essential location to visit as it is one of the most lucid cultural windows to the history of Europe.
Florence’s main attractions, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most well-known art museums throughout the western world. Because of this status it sees a near-constant stream of visitors from April to October and often tickets often sold out as art and history lovers make the pilgrimage time and again to view the many works stored within the museum. Originally built as a palace in the 16th century time has seen the Uffizi take on some of the greatest artwork by some of the most illustrious painters and sculptors; Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo and Rembrandt amongst many others.
The Basilica of Santa Croce (Holy Cross) is the principal church of Florence and the largest Franciscan church in the world. When you approach the austere, yet impressive Gothic façade it fills many with a sense of awe at what this church seen in its years. Besides the striking architecture and art housed within, it is those to have come to rest here which draws many to pay their respects. Michelangelo and Galileo are amongst the top Italian minds who are buried in the Basilica earning it the title of the “Temple of the Italian Glories”.
There are of course many, many more experiences to be had within the city, it is often remarked that Florence has the highest concentration of art in the world. Being one of the great cultural epicenters of Europe means that there is a massive draw on tourists to the area, and such the city has grown with an impressive array of hotels and accommodation to cater for it. Finding a Hotel in Florence isn’t difficult, but the key is choosing one right in the thick of it. The Golden Tower Hotel, a recently re-opened boutique in the heart of the city, is a prime example, although there are of course many other spots all ideally situated close by.
So from Da Vinci to Dante or Botticelli to Brunelleschi, Florence has anything for the art lover, historian or just someone who is looking for something a little more substantial than a week sunbathing next to the pool. Before you travel it really is wise to either buy a guide or do some research there is really so much to see you won’t want to waste any time while you are there deciding what to do.
Olga Leleka is a content writer for www.booked.net, a hotels booking website which specializes in world-wide bookings including Tuscany holidays in Florence or Chianti.