Beyond the sandy and mottled greens of the rolling Tuscan hills lies its historical capital, Florence.
Firenze (as the city is named in Italian), like Rome, has long been considered a place of artistic pilgrimage. As the birthplace of the renaissance, tourists crowd its narrow cobbled streets and strain its landmark bridges, yet the essence of a 14th century Florence still echo in the piazzas and in the hallways of its museums. The iconic statue of David and the impressive stature of the Duomo, shape the heart of the city’s attraction, but fashion also flows through its core, with international brands such as Ferragamo calling it home.
As we wander the city centre, we spot lone rowers gliding along the river Arno, bikes propped up against honey coloured pillars and locals enjoying a standing bittersweet espresso. Lines are quickly forming outside the galleries and the Ponte Veccio is already packed. It is clear that the artistic magnetism of the city has not faded, the spirit of the rebirth endures, hundreds of years later.