Florence: the ultimate guide to really know the city 

Florence. Dante's city, which made him fall in love as much as damn. Capital of the Renaissance Italian. The homeland of Italian, where Manzoni rinsed his clothes in the Arno before composing “I Promessi Sposi". Narrated by Foscolo in "Dei Sepolcri" and by Montale, whom he frequented the daily coffee "Le Giubbe Rosse" in Piazza della Repubblica, known to be the coffee of the writers and artists.

If by chance at the beginning of the 20th century you had passed through there you could have met most of them great artistic personalities drink their coffee in the morning and discuss their most heartfelt themes, each so much with polite ways and every now and then letting himself be taken by the pathos, the brawl that took place between Florentine artists and Milanese futurists.

A friend told me: “if you came to visit me in Florence the first place I would definitely take you it would be the central market, where the owners are a little rough Florentines. Yes they look over the counter and yell: “Come on, ma'am. What are you doing today?" And, as they say this sentence, cross their eyes with a colleague and giggle... they have their own way of relate."

Over the years it has preserved its artistic value by adding to the list of its ambassadors in the world talents in multiple fields, such as fashion for example! It boasts the names of Emilio Pucci, Guccio Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermanno Scervino, Bertini and many others.

Florence is where things happened and every corner was the scene of something great. It was the center Italian cultural. The place where all the creative stimuli met each other. Source of inspiration for the whole world for centuries. Land where Brunelleschi performed his miracle.

But not only that, a few kilometers from the center are the Chianti hills in the middle of which Florence it lies as an artistic monument as a whole. A hybrid city, contaminated by impetuosity of the countryside and nature. It is a cradle where traditions and habits have lived for centuries, where people know each other and yes they call by name.

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My friend continues: "Then I would take you to Mostodolce, which is also close to the central market, where they make a craft beer, the Martellina, which tastes of honey and if you drink two you find yourself singing and dance in the middle of via Nazionale. Let's assume we have drunk two of Martelline and take us want to walk and sing. Then you go to the center, walk to Piazza Duomo, there are 10 minutes, and then continue in via Calzaiuoli, what a beware: you pronounce Calzaioli! We arrive in the square Signoria and then we go to the benches under the Uffizi ”.

This is Florence, with a single walk you can touch history first hand, but history is the beautiful one! It doesn't happen every day to pass in front of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise or to be able to go to bring your regards to Michelangelo's David. Not to mention the play of light at sunset, when the pink mixed orange sky is reflected on the water of the Arno and in doing so paints the houses that are they lean out towards the water, curious to see themselves in the mirror, because you know... Florentines are a bit vain.

Florence today is told by its citizens, linked to their traditions and their craftsmanship, to the attention to detail that makes them still among the best at doing things: a coffee, a pendant or shoes. The boys have more souls, a more rock and punk soul, which finds its roots in the rebellious and self-deprecating impulse to differentiate oneself from the rest of the world and to live life as one roller coaster ride, and a more romantic soul inspired by the surrounding nature.

But one thing ties them all: they are all ready, even the girl in the floral satin dress, to get her shoes dirty in the mud. On the other hand, as I had already mentioned, Florence is as much the center as the neighboring countries they built around, immersed in the countryside.

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“Then if you want you can take it and go to Piazzale Michelangelo. You go up from the ladders, those immediately past the Rifrullo, you come up out of breath and a tachycardia that seems like your heart is exploding. Then finally you sit on the stairs, the ones from which you can see the whole city, and enjoy the panorama. "

This is the soul of the Florentine city, which awaits you for a dreamy stroll and let it be Franco Zeffirelli to invite you with these words: "When I feel that depression takes over, I go back to Florence to look at Brunelleschi's dome: if the genius of man has gone so far, then I too can and must try to create, act, live. "

Article credit : Virginia Folonari