What you didn’t know about Florence

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Florence is the place of origin of modern Italian Language.
Florence is very popular among people studying Italian, because locals speak the purest language without using dialect words. In fact, modern Italian “was born” in Florence thanks to Dante’s “The Divine Comedy”, which was written in Florentine dialect instead of widespread Latin language used in official documents and most artistic works.

Is Milan the fashion capital of the world?
Such world-famous fashion designers as Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci and Salvatore Ferragamo are originally from Florence. There is even a museum named after Ferragamo and showing importance of his works that greatly influenced modern shoe fashion. The museum was open in Spini Feroni Palace in 1995. Nowadays, museum houses more than more than 10,000 models of shoes designed by Ferragamo from 1920 to 1960.

Clothing store filled with plants. Did you think Florence can’t surprise you?
Another unordinary store in Florence is located on Via Por Santa Maria Street. Replay Store offering eco clothing has become popular due to its creative interior. Its walls are decorated with live plants and tropical lianas. Shelves with clotting are mounted right among lush green vegetation. Many people visit Replay Store just to look at its unusual decoration, but not to buy clothing.

Golden Bridge – a bright symbol of Florence

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Being constructed in 1345, Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge of the city and the only survivor after the World War II. Nowadays, Ponte Vecchio, also known as the Golden Bridge due to the jewelry stores located here, is considered one of the symbols of Florence and concentrates the largest number of gold jewelry in the whole city! There are many potential buyers looking at shop displays, but only few ones can afford at least the tiny ring, because of the rather high prices.

How do you think, where the world’s oldest pharmacy is located?
Not many people know that one of the world’s oldest pharmacies is located Florence. The Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella that is located next to the church of the same name.
It has been operating since its foundation by local monks in 1221. Since those times, they have made rose water and soap with a wonderful fragrance and in the 16th century the pharmacy became known far beyond the borders of Florence. Nowadays, the pharmacy still offers not only drugs, but also exclusive perfumes adored by many visitors of the city.

Florence – the paradise for meat lovers!
Another old and original store is located in some distance from the city in Greve in Chianti. During last 300 years famous butcher shop Antica Macelleria Falorni has been supplying nearest towns and villages with the delicious sausage and salami with fennel. If you happen to be in Florence, you definitely should dedicate one day to tasting national meat delicacies.
The only obstacle on your way to discovering wonders of Florence surroundings might be the transportation problem. But if you make some preparation in advance, you’ll be able to find cheap car rentals.

Florence is rightfully considered the cradle of the Renaissance period
Florence presented the world such great artists as Dante, Cellini, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Botticelli, Giotto and Petrarch.
So, it’s not surprising that Uffizi Gallery in Florence can boast of the world’s largest collections of art works of the Renaissance and is considered the most visited art museum in Italy! It is here you have a delight to watch “Birth of Venus” and “Allegory of Spring” by Botticelli, “Venus of Urbino” by Titian, “Madonna with Child” by Lippi and many others. Thousands of tourists eager to admire masterpieces stored in Uffizi Gallery line up in long queues, so it’s recommended to book tickets in advance.

Visit the most beautiful cinema in the world!
In Florence, you can visit one of the most unusual cinemas in the world called Odeon. Its originality lies in its location in Palazzo dello Strozzino – one of the oldest and most gorgeous buildings of Florence.
The first thing that comes to mind when looking at Odeon is that is some kind of joke, because it’s just impossible to shows films in such majestic building. Once, Palazzo dello Strozzino was the residence of Strozzi family – the richest and most influential one in the whole Florence. So, before the beginning of the film you can admire the amazing architecture of the XV century, crystal chandeliers, Italian tapestries and exquisite sculptures.

Michelangelo square is the most romantic and secluded place in Florence
Florence is a quite popular tourist destination and during high season it can be overcrowded. But there is a cozy Michelangelo square with peaceful and calm atmosphere. Perhaps, it’s the most secluded place in Florence, where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The square was founded in 1868 and can be reached by rather difficult mountain road with a total length of about 6 kilometers. If you have enough energy and aren’t afraid of physical activity you can climb on foot.  But if it’s hard for you to overcome your own laziness, you can take a bus and reach Michelangelo square in a few minutes.
The square is incredibly beautiful and offers the best panoramic views of Florence and never ceases to attract photographers and artists.

Author Bio: Lily Berns is a travel writer who enjoys blogging about family entertainment ideas and travelings with children.