Podtour of Florence - East
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 East podtour™
we visit the two centres of the Renaissance city - the sacred centre with
the baptistery and cathedral, and the centre of government, Piazza della
Signoria. We see Ghiberti's fine bronze gates on the baptistery and Giotto's
campanile, two fine paintings of Renaissance mercenaries, and the public
statue gallery in the Loggia dei Lanzi.
On the way we duck and dive through narrow
medieval streets, find a bronze pig that can fly at least according to
Hans Christian Andersen and hear how Giuliano de'Medici died.