“Art is never finished, only abandoned” – Leonardo Da Vinci
A trip to the city of Florence makes one realize how art once created never dies. Florence is a priceless ornament gifted to Italy in the name of the capital city of Tuscany. A global centre for art and architecture, Florence gave the world some of the oldest streets, largest churches and ancient monuments.
The art galleries and museums of this city showcase works of sheer brilliance by some of the brightest minds of medieval times. The captivating charm of this city, the enchanting tales of its origin and the bewildering presence of world class art by creative and architectural geniuses drives you to the alluring streets of Florence.
The city of Florence is a symbolism for the fact that art, romance and architecture are immortal. Here are some interesting facts about Florence that you will surely find fascinating .
Florence was first city in Italy and Europe to have paved streets.
The oldest and the most famous bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio over the river Arno was the only bridge spared by Hitler during the retreat by the Germans as he allegedly declared it too beautiful to be destroyed.
According to UNESCO, one-third of the most precious art treasures of the world reside in Florence. It is home to some of the most unrivalled art galleries of the world including Galleria degli Uffizi, Museo di San Marco and Galleria Palatina.
The language spoken by the population of Florence is Florentine which is a Tuscan dialect and is closely identical to modern Italian.
Florence is the birthplace of the Italian businessman and fashion designer Guccio Gucci. He founded the luxury brand The house of Gucci in Florence in 1921. Gucci specialized in leather goods crafted by skilled craftsmen and had quickly built a reputation in the market for high quality.
Cathedral of Holy Mary in Florence (The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Firenze) was designed in 1296 to be the largest Roman Catholic church at that time. It is known for the very first of its kind “Octagonal” dome which was also the largest dome to be built till then and third largest Christian church in the world now.
Cathedral of Holy Mary in Florence
Opera is an Italian word for “work’. Opera was invented by a group of amateur poets and musician of the nobility trying to recreate greek drama in Florence at the end of the 16th century and soon spread to the rest of the Europe. Florence had contributed to the development of many visual art forms during Renaissance.
There are many statues of lions with a raised paw holding a shield with the lily flower everywhere in Florence, this is the symbol of independence of the city. Florence freed itself from the German empire and formed the first democratic constitution of the western civilization. This proud symbol is engraved on every cornerstone in the Ponte Vecchio.
The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, is built as a tribute to the famous Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. This museum takes you on a ride down the life of the designer and his career showcasing more than 10,000 pairs of shoes.This place is an absolute delight for people interested in fashion.
The Galleria degli Uffizi is the single most visited building in Italy this is used as administrative block by the popular and prosperous Medici family of florence Italy .