A Kaleidoscope of Art
While Rome entices with its majestic monuments and big city grandeur, Florence captivates visitors in an entirely different way. This enchanting northern city is a maze of cobble-stoned medieval streets and picturesque red-roofed buildings where the Renaissance feels remarkably recent --or maybe just ever-present. This charming setting is virtually packed with landmarks, stories, and above all, art. Florence is the home of countless works by Renaissance artists; the famous Uffizi Gallery houses paintings by Botticelli, Da Vinci, and Caravaggio, to name just a few, while Michelangelo’s magnificent David stands only a few blocks away. So vast is Florence's collection of artworks that some overstimulated visitors actually succumb to the dizzying madness known as the Stendhal Syndrome. Of course, if the art becomes too overwhelming, Florence does offer other pleasures. Even a casual walk through the streets of Florence is a chance to enjoy lovely scenery and beautiful old churches. Tuscan cuisine is famous for its delicious simplicity, and excellent wine and espresso are in abundance. Like the canvasses and sculptures filling the museums here, Florence is itself a work of art.