Florence- the synthesis of the arts
Wherever you see, without a doubt, many artists left their mark in the heart of the Tuscany. Palaces, domes, paintings, churches and sculptures shape the face of the city and enchant its visitors.
From a large distance you already admire the great overwhelming red cupola of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. Next to her you feel insignificant and small. This was also the aim of the influential Medici family, namely to carry out size and wealth to the rest of world. Still nowadays the cathedral is one of the four largest churches in Europe.
The construction of the cathedral of Florence and its oversized dimensions required the interaction of many architects and artists. Indeed, a real static wonderwork was achieved by Filippo Brunelleschi with its self-carrying cupola and the famous red roofing tiles.
To the cathedral's opposite the octagonal Baptistery enchants its visitors. Green and white marble from Carrara decorating the Baptistery and the splendid reliefs on the bronze doors attract annually thousands of travelers.
Center and thus fulcrum of all pulsating life is the Piazza della Signoria. When you stroll through the narrow, winding streets to the Piazza, you can still imagine the former lives. Just there you find a copy of the grand statue of Michelangelo's David. The art gallery at open air is considered a jewel of the place. From there it goes step by step over the Ponte Vecchio, the former only transition over the Arno, on which still today many small jewelry shops are located.
Filippo Brunelleschi built the Pitti Palace for the wealthy banker Pitti to hold against the prominent Medici family. Today the palace is home to several museums, including also modern art. Magnificent gardens with fountains and statues decore the property and let us imagine the luxurious life at court.