City Sunday: Majestic Florence
Italy stands on the form-work of the past in terms of architecture and how the cities have come up. If Venice was poetry in decay, Florence is majesty in past splendour. The ‘Athens of the Middle Ages’ is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The place where the masters gave there all, forming the basis by which the western world will judge and perceive art, architecture and sculpture for a very long time.
The heart of Florence houses landmarks like Santa Maria Novella, the Ponte Vecchio and of course, the Duomo or Florence cathedral. Michelangelo’s David, who once stood as a guardian on the streets is on display at the Uffizi gallery. Florence is steeped in layers and layers of art, sculpture and advances in anatomy and. The Florentine dialect in the 14th century was and is still accepted as the Italian language. During the ‘golden age’ of Florence, most writers and poets were connected to the city and the Florentine dialect came to be the parent language of modern Italian.
The city of Florence, the historic centre and the metropolitan area are nestled in the basin formed by seven hills. The Arno River cuts through, dividing the historic centre and the further expansions.
UNESCO has declared the historic centre a world heritage site. It is buzzing with an electricity of the past. And of course, of all the tourists that visit it. One of the most visited cities in the world, the tourists outnumber the residents during August and September. The city has multiple layers of history, art, architecture, fashion and food. It is quite visible when you walk through it. The most memorable unmistakable aspect is the art, which is everywhere. Only the architecture seconds it!
Strolling through the city centre is a pleasure on its own. In the summer there are outdoor concerts, classical and otherwise in one square or the other. Long breezy summer evenings that stretch into the night are the perfect backdrop for a powerful instrumental number.
A hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo might be tiring in the summer heat but the stunning views if the city, the Arno river and the Duomo in all its majesty erase all tired thoughts.
Florence is like a painting. There is colour, movement and poetry of spaces. It has the perfect vibe that makes you forget the rest of the world and lose yourself in a time different that your own.