Before this week, I really had no idea what beauty Florence contained aside from the general grandeur of Italy. But Florence is the city where the Renaissance began, funded by the Medici family, alive with art, architecture, churches, and tourism.
Originally named “Fluentia” for being between two rivers, Florence was later named “Florentia” meaning “flowering.” And wow, Florence sure blooms!
Some CR9 Familia took the time to share some memories of Florence with me, and the art, history, and churches overwhelm, in the best way possible! I cannot wait to visit the Duomo, touching the exterior made of decorative pink, green, and white marble, embracing the architecture and art within the largest dome built in brick and mortar that took two centuries to create. And also, wow, there is a clock made by Paolo Uccello outside the Duomo that ends its 24th hour at sunset everyday without fail. I cannot wait to see that!
As I was researching the names Jacey, Kendall, Andrea, and Sarah were telling me, I could not stop from being in awe at the sheer culture in Florence created by art. That is something so foreign. How is a whole city centered around art and churches? There is so much richness that I cannot wait to be immersed in with my amazing friends.
Here are some things I can’t wait to do (if we can find them):
- Stand in the cute, colorful shops held up by stilts on the Ponte Vecchio
- The only bridge to survive WWII
- The first bridge built with less than semi circles underneath to support it
- Analyze and learn from the collections within the Galleria dell’Accademia
- The David!
- Be in awe looking at the sculptures inside the Bargello
- Including works by artists including Donatello, Giambologna and Michelangelo
- Embrace the Boboli Gardens’ grandeur landscaped with sculptures!
- I love nature!!
- Haggle in the leather markets
- Muster the courage and don’t back down, or just be bold like Sarah G.
- See the Basilica of San Lorenzo, a church in the center of Florence’s main market district
- What effect would a church in the middle of a market have? How is the church’s culture affected by the market?
- Admire Dante’s Church and hopefully hear how Dante and Florence are super connected
- I definitely have to look more into Dante before going!
- Wear appropriate clothing covering shoulders and knees
- Admire the frescoes in the Strozzi Chapel
- They depict Paradise and Hell according to Dante’s schemes
- Enjoy Edorado gelato made free from chemicals, GMOs, and colorings
- Milk from pastured-raised cows and eggs from free-range chickens
That’s a pretty long list, but Florence has so much to offer! With history spanning centuries, I cannot wait to be immersed in a city created by and for the arts. And by no means do I know a lot about art, but I can appreciate it, and I am so ready to embrace art, and embrace it with friends who are super passionate and know a lot about the art. My goal is to come to a better appreciation for art’s culture, beautifully-crafted churches, and beautifully-crafted people.
While we’re waiting, I looked at some past blogs, and Amorino, a gelato chain in Europe, was mentioned in some. After a little digging, I found the closest Amorino… a bonding trip to Fort Worth’s very own Amorino (2.2mi away from TCU!!) may be in store for the familia! Probably not as good as Europe’s gelato, but a great taste to prepare us for all the goodness in store!
Thanks for reading!