CAR AND VAN RENTAL WITH DRIVER IN TUSCANY
VISITS AROUND TUSCANY
Florence is known for the splendour of its art, for the nobility of its historic traditions, and for its cultural and artistic heritage that began with the Etruscan civilization and reached its peak with the Renaissance period. In the 14th and 15th centuries, writers like Dante, Petrarch, and Machiavelli and artists like Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello made it one of the most important capitals of art. Starting in the 1400s Cosimo de’ Medici favoured the renewal of Florentine culture by protecting the artists and encouraging the erection of new buildings and promoting many artistic initiatives in the city.
Florence is still today the custodian of one of the largest and most extraordinary artistic inheritance in the world. In the Cradle of the Renaissance one can admire churches (the Cathedral, Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella...), monuments (Michelangelo’s David), museums (the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, the Archaeological Museum...), palaces (Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Medici Riccardi...), squares (Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza SS. Annunziata...), bridges (Vecchio, S. Trinita ...), villas and gardens (Boboli Gardens, the villas of the Medici family...). Every year millions of tourists arrive in Florence to contemplate masterpieces like “the Birth of Venus” and “the Spring” by Botticelli,” the Holy Family” by Michelangelo, Giotto’s frescoes and Caravaggio’s Medusa. The great cultural fervor of Florence is demonstrated also by the presence here of the Accademia della Crusca, the Accademia del Cimento, and the Accademia dei Georgofili.
The green hills that surround Florence are full of towns rich with history, art, and nature. The Mugello, the Val di Pesa, the Valdarno, the Valdelsa and the famous area of Chianti are only but a few of the inviting destinations that surround the main city of Tuscany.
The Florentine cuisine prides itself upon a tradition of simple dishes, often prepared with rustic but genuine ingredients. The highlight is certainly the famous Florentine steak “Bistecca alla Fiorentina”, which can only be cooked rare and on the grill. But the local cooking is also famous for its soups, such as ribollita and pappa al pomodoro, and its stewed meats, all to be accompanied by the wonderful Chianti wines.
The artistic heritage of Florence bears witness to a timeless glory that is only waiting for you to discover it. Still today in the alleys, in the artisans’ workshops, and in the palaces one can breathe in the grandeur of noble families and the genius of the artists of the past.