In one of the travel books on Italy that I fervently carried with me throughout my time abroad, I came across an interesting quote that I found to be so indicative of my own experiences in Italy:
“Venice moves one to dream, Rome causes one to marvel at the many popes and emperors, and Florence moves one to argue.”
Argue about what? About all of the artwork, I suppose. What does this work remind you of? How do you think he painted/built that? How was the Duomo actually built? Why did the Renaissance start here? These are some of the questions I found myself asking as I walked the neatly lined streets of Florence taking in the art that covers just about ever square inch of this city.
There is no shortage of artwork in Florence, and therefore no shortage of opportunities to argue your interpretation of each and every one of them. The images below only begin to illustrate how the Tuscan capital is truly one of the most picturesque cities in the world.