The Renaissance City

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, aka "the Duomo."  Florence, Italy

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, aka “the Duomo.” Florence, Italy

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.

"Fake" David

“Fake” David

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Florence flag on right, European Union flag on left

Florence flag on right, European Union flag on left

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Leather market in Florence.  The city is internationally known for its high quality leather.

Leather market in Florence. The city is internationally known for its high quality leather.

Ponte Vecchio, "old bridge," in Florence

Ponte Vecchio, “old bridge,” in Florence

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View of Duomo.  You are able to get an idea from this picture just how massive this church actually is within Florence.

View of Duomo. You are able to get an idea from this picture just how massive this church actually is within Florence.

I'm so lucky to have gotten this view!

I’m so lucky to have gotten this view!

Inside the top of the Duomo

Inside the top of the Duomo

Tomb of Michelangelo in Florence

Tomb of Michelangelo in Florence

Basilica Santa Croce (final resting place of Michelangelo, Gaileo, Machiavelli, and many more.  Florence, Italy

Basilica Santa Croce (final resting place of Michelangelo, Gaileo, Machiavelli, and many more. Florence, Italy

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Top of the Duomo

Top of the Duomo

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