Florence, The Cradle Of Renaissance!

Florence, The Cradle Of Renaissance!

Florence, The Cradle Of Renaissance!

-By Shruti Menon

Avid art connoisseur or not, you would have heard of Florence at some point in your life and desired to be among those steepled buildings and its quaint, winding streets. Florentine culture has been so widely spoken of, not just in mention of art, but also when it comes to culinary and architectural culture. Not just that, it’s also on every wanderlust inspired list for good reason— aesthetic beauty can be appreciated by people regardless of their knowledge levels or backgrounds, and this city has retained all of its historic grandeur to the extent that is is still a breathtaking sight for visitors and locals alike.

Florence is like a cultural history textbook brought to life, and unsurprisingly, the entire city is declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. This is because, as you can see, the city still retains its charm from the Renaissance period, the revolutionary movement that was born in this very city. It still has palazzi(palaces) from the 15th and 16th centuries that crowd its cobblestoned streets, along with frescoed churches, basilicas preserved and in use till this date, not to mention the wealth of art by city residents like Michaelangelo and Boticelli that are preserved in its many museums. However, regardless of the old-timey feel to the place, it is interjected by popular contemporary fashion houses (like Gucci) and other hallmark boutiques that prove that Florence still dictates a lot of the world’s cultural identity till date. The city, though old, knows how to keep up with the times.

Florence is like fine wine in that way, it’s aged spectacularly with time, so the city, without a doubt, like most other old cultural cities, has developed a great culture of quality wine consumption, and gourmet food with a depth to it. If you aren’t visiting Florence for the art, then the meals you have there will definitely be ones you cannot forget about.

Florence’s culture lends to its beauty, and there are so many wonderful photo ops in the city to bedazzle your Instagram feed with. There’s Brunelleschi’s Duomo that is a must-visit, a truly imposing structure over the entire city. The Arno river snaking through the city is a fascinating mirror of the sky’s different moods throughout the day, so taking a minute to observe it each day leaves you in awe of the varying vibrant hues.

Come to Florence to be among the streets that the greats of the Renaissance traversed, to be inspired by the hues of the city, its culture, its creativity, but most of all, come to be in awe.