“To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature.” – Mark Twain
When considering this quote from Mark Twain about Florence, I was immediately immersed in a world of color as if I were in a painting orchestrated by Van Gogh or Monet, without lines or borders, just swaths of colors. I can just see the bright blues, yellows, and pinks of the sky, I can taste the reds, greens, and purples of the markets, and I can feel the orange and tans of the bricks and architecture that comprise the great city itself. I can’t wait to get my feet on the ground of such a central area in western civilization. Florence was at the forefront of trade, politics, democracy, food, and art after the era of Rome.
I learned of the amazing opportunities we will have to explore Florence after talking to our elder familiar members. The city has so much to offer in its vast history that we will get to experience in the architecture, the art, and the people. We might get the opportunity to see the Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” or Michelangelo’s “David” or other pioneers of the Renaissance at the Uffizi. We will also see beautiful cathedrals such as the Basilica di San Lorenzo, Firenze which is one of the largest churches in Florence. We might also see the hardships endured by the Italian people in the midst of WWII visiting monuments to the sacrifices that their people endured.
We will truly immerse ourselves into the culture by experiencing what the people there experience, through the sites, art, food, and of course the world renown gelato, a dessert far superior to ice cream or any frozen yogurt. I can’t wait to refine my senses and my global awareness through the experience in Florence. Florence will be the perfect way to rejuvenate our tired bodies as our second to last stop on our cultural immersion. I am beyond excited to see where the birth of beauty (Venus is the goddess of beauty and love, hence, Florence is where beauty was born as properly rendered by Botticelli) occurred. Onward familia, to create something beautiful of our own in Florence!