September 4, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

                                                                                                                                               Photo © VisitFlorence

FLORENCE!


Ciao Florence! Welcome to the birthplace of gelato, Gucci, Pinocchio, the piano and, of course, Leonardo (Da Vinci, not Dicaprio). Attracting over 13 million visitors each year, Florence is renowned for its cathedrals, art galleries, designer shopping and bell towers.

Ever heard of Stendhal Syndrome? Originating in Florence, and eventually acquiring the name of Florence Syndrome, it refers to the state of mind when someone becomes lightheaded or dizzy because of the outstanding art. According to official Unesco statistics, Florence is home to nearly a third of the world’s art treasures, many of which are classic Renaissance artworks. What’s less known, however, is that the city is also full of modern art. Modern artworks can be found in various bars, hotels and restaurants, such as Astor Café, Gallery Hotel Art, Rex Cafe and many more.

Portraits of the Dukes of Urbino by Piero della Francesca                                                      Photo © VisitFlorence

Florence’s Cathedral Duomo is probably one of the most famous sites in Italy. It is said that it took about 140 years to build and to reach the top you will have to climb 463 stone steps. It’s worth making it to the top; from there you get a closer look at the main fresco of Duomo (also known as the Last Judgement by Michelangelo) and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city.

Inside Cathedral Duomo                                                                                                                  Photo © VistiFlorence 
Another of the city’s famous sites is the Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge). The bridge was the only one that was not destroyed during the World War II, apparently because Hitler himself said it was “too beautiful to be destroyed”. Today it is a place where the best Florentine jewellers sell their work. Although anytime is a great time to stop at the bridge, sunrise or sunsets are recommended.

The bridge that was too beautiful for Hitler to blow up, Ponte Vecchio                                              Photo © VisitFlorence
The city is also famous for its many celebrities. The well-known de Medici family lived in Florence for centuries and geniuses such as Galileo Galilei, Donatello (the sculptor not the turtle), Machiavelli, Roberto Cavalli and Guccio Gucci were all born in Florence. Another famous “man” in Florence is the statue of David by Michelangelo, which can be found at The Accademia. When visiting the statue pay close attention to the right hand, which is disproportionately large compared to the body. It is believed to be Michelangelo's clever nod to David's nickname, manu fortis, or “strong of hand”.

Note the size of the... hand                                                                                                                   Photo © BoredPanda
Now on to shopping – tax-free! Shop for handmade shoes or luxury leather goods. The best place for doing so is the Via de’ Tornabuoni, where you will find a variety of designer stores, including éline, Dior and Bulgari. Florence even has a museum dedicated to shoes. The Museo Salvatore Ferragamo is home to more than 10,000 privately commissioned shoes, including an unusual pair created from dyed fish skins

Just don’t get too busy exploring the many sights of Florence that you forget to eat. Meat eaters, this one is for you. Florence’s culinary speciality is bistecca alla Fiorentina, a mammoth chargrilled T-bone steak. Finish it off with Gelato – it’s the real-deal here.

Why not say arrivederci to everyday life and discover this amazing destination with Trafalgar? Check out the seven-night European Traveller package

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