Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/174If you're in Florence, you would be remiss not to climb one of the two viewpoints the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore has to offer. As I'd gone up the famous dome before, we decided to head to Giotto's Campanile instead (perhaps better known as The Tower Thing Next To The Big Dome). It was a tiring climb and a scarily-long way up:
If you can manage it, it could be even more fun to procure one of these cute mini cars - essential for navigating the city's cobbled, narrow lanes.
|Looking super atmospheric at night|
|We were lucky enough to catch some amazing sunsets in Florence - this was one of them|
Even in the birthplace of pizza and pasta, it seems there's one foodstuff people the world over can't get enough of - fried chicken. Here's the menu of an ingenious fried chicken vendor near Via Dante Alighieri.
|Bonus points for violating two copyrights simultaneously!|
|In Italy you can only get steak rare, raw or possibly still living - they don't know the meaning of 'medium'|
|I'm not sure what's with the eyes...|