Podtour of Florence - West
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is surely the artistic capital of Italy. It was a thriving medieval city
but its moment of glory came with the Renaissance. Under the beneficent
rule of the Medici Family, artists and architects such as Masaccio, Brunelleschi,
Giotto, Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo and Vasari beautified the city and created
a unique city of art - a true cultural highlight of Europe.
So it's not surprising that tourists head to Florence
from all over the world - whether for a quick weekend break, or for a longer
stay. Florence can get incredibly busy, but we've found some out of the
way sights for you as well as the 'must sees'.
In our Florence West podtour™
we visit the west of the city, from Piazza Santa Trinità to gothic
church of Santa Maria Novella, and finally to Michelangelo's Medici mausoleum
- visiting Renaissance palaces on the way. We spend quite a lot of time
looking at frescoes by Ghirlandaio - perhaps not the greatest, but certainly
the most approachable of the Renaissance artists - and we also see much
of the work of Leon Battista Alberti, one of the earliest architects to
use the new Renaissance style and vocabulary.