Michelangelo was born March 6, 1475
His father placed him in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio.
His father had connections with the Medici family (ruling family of Florence). After 2 years of studying art, he was invited to the household of Lorenzo de Medici.
His most famous sculpture is David, which was made between 1501 and 1504. It is the symbol of Florence and is 14.24 feet tall (4.34m). It was originally placed in the Piazza della Signoria in from of the Pallazo Vecchio. Seeing Michaelangelos only painting. Unfortunately, like the Sisteen Chapel, security will not let you take a picture of it.
YOU MUST SEE IT YOURSELF, it is very special and valuable piece of art.
There are 2 old apothecaries. The one in Via Cavour has been closed for a while. The other is just behind the main train Station in Santa Maria Nouvell, be careful not to walk pass it as we did.
The architecture is simply stunning and make sure you go through the tunnel which opens up into a series of rooms with chandeliers - you can buy products but they are extremely expensive.
Thanks to those who recommended this place it was the highlight of our day! Simply a must to visit.
Florence has been a centre of craftsmanship since the Middle Ages when shoemakers and goldsmiths were accorded the same status as artists and sculptors. Today, the city remains famous for its high-quality leather produce, goldsmiths and marbled paper. Artisans can still be seen plying their trade in workshops all over the city. The area around Santa Croce is home to the city’s leather-makers, while the Oltrarno is cluttered with the workshops of local gold and silversmiths – although the Ponte Vecchio is home to the glitzier shops.
Designer boutiques cluster around the Via de’ Tornabuoni and Via Calzaiuoli where Versace, Ferragamo, Gucci and Valentino all have stores. The more frugal can find copies in the open-air San Lorenzo Market in Piazza San Lorenzo, northwest of the Duomo. Leather belts and bags, silk scarves and soft wool jerseys can be picked up for a song – although it is advisable to check the quality before buying. Nearby stands the covered food market. Bursting with olives, hams, cheeses and fresh vegetables, it is the perfect place to buy a picnic or just indulge a love of grub. The flea market at Piazza dei Ciompi specialises in antiques and collectable junk and provides an enjoyable rummage for the bargain-hunter.
Specialist shops worth a visit include the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Via Scala 16. Housed in a frescoed chapel, this old-fashioned chemist was founded by monks in the 16th century. Lotions, potions and herbal remedies abound in elegant packaging. Handmade shoes created in time-honoured tradition can be purchased at Francesco, Via Santo Spirito 62r, while Pineider is considered the most exclusive stationers in all Italy, having designed calling cards for Napoleon, Byron and Maria Callas, among others.Food shops are usually closed on Wednesday afternoons, or Saturday afternoons in the summer. Clothes shops are often closed on Monday mornings. There is limited opening on Sundays.
By plane (Air France and...
By plane (Air France and Alitalia is the only internantionals flying here)
The most of the internatinal airlines fly to Pisa ( app. 1 h by bus to Firenze.)
Airport bus from the airport of Florenze downtown.
this town is made for walking. The streets are so narrow and the distances so short- Otherwise you can take the bus!
Driving by car is to dangerous in this city!!
This is a popular and lively trattoria, which has quiet tables outside on a terrace in summer. They serve a range of pizzas; a daily set-price menu; and a selection of Tuscan dishes. The servings are generous and the prices are reasonable.