[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.92) – Florence (Italy) : The birthplace city of Renaissance art

08-10-2020

(WorldKings.org) Florence city is the capital of Firenze provincia (province) and Toscana (Tuscany) regione (region), central Italy. The city, located about 145 miles (230 km) northwest of Rome, is surrounded by gently rolling hills that are covered with villas and farms, vineyards, and orchards.

Florence was founded as a Roman military colony about the 1st century BCE, and during its long history, it has been a republic, a seat of the duchy of Tuscany, and a capital (1865–70) of Italy. During the 14th–16th century Florence achieved preeminence in commerce and finance, learning, and especially the arts.

Few cities are so compact in size or so packed with extraordinary art and architecture masterpieces at every turn. The urban fabric of this small city, on the banks of the Arno river in northeastern Tuscany, has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow cobbled streets are a cinematic feast of elegant 15th- and 16th-century palazzi (palaces), medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums brimming with paintings and sculptures by Botticcelli, Michelangelo. Unsurprisingly, the entire city centre is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Italy's fashion industry was born and bred here. Homegrown designers Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo opened haute-couture boutiques in Florence in the 1920s and shopping in the Tuscan capital have been stylish ever since.

Gucci Garden, Florence

Quality produces sourced locally, seasonally and sustainably is the holy trinity and Florentines share enormous pride in their culinary tradition. Their city, surrounded by wine-rich hills, is a gourmet paradise where eating and drinking exceedingly well is mandatory. Be it a traditional bowl of earthy ribollita (bean, bread and veg soup), a trippa at a family-run food truck or a blue T-bone steak served in a market trattoria unchanged since 1915, dining in Florence is timeless and memorable. Raw cuisine, fish bistros, craft cocktails and the dazzling creativity of modern young Tuscan chefs add a contemporary edge.

Ribollita

 Making trippa 

According to Britannica.com and lonelyplanet.com


Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings.org)

 

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