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The Wonders of Florence
The first time I visited Florence was in 1990, I had never been to Italy before and it was very exciting to step out of the central train station, La Stazione della Santa Maria Novella, and into the ancient streets. The immediate impression I had was that the Tuscan township had been suspended in time, everything surrounding the train station, the beautiful church of Santa Maria Novella, the tenement buildings, even the shops and restaurants are all four or five hundred years old. I felt like I had travelled back in time half a millennium.
The first historical place I visited was the Uffizi Palace, the main art gallery, which houses paintings by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo and Raphael amongst many others. There is an overwhelming range of Renaissance art, and after completing a round tour of all those extraordinary works of art, I found a quiet little cafe in which to relax with a truly authentic cappuccino. There is a vast choice of cafes and restaurants all around the Uffizi Gallery and almost everywhere within the central township you are never more than a stone’s throw from somewhere to indulge in fine Italian cuisine.
After visiting the Uffizi, I decided to investigate the magnificent Pitti Palace, located a short stroll across the Ponte Vecchio and adjacent to the delightful Boboli Gardens, the magnificent 14th century palace is a ‘must-see’. Within close quarters also are the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria and of course the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral the world renowned marvel of engineering designed by Fillipo Brunelleschi in the mid 15th century.
I strongly recommend spending at least a week in Florence to take in all the beautiful art and architecture and needless to say, to enjoy some of the wonderful gastronomic delights this beautiful Tuscan town has to offer.
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