Every time I tell someone I live in Florence, I’m met with the same reaction.
“Oh my gosh, you live there!? I LOVE FLORENCE!” And I’m never surprised to hear it, in fact, I totally get it. I too am absolutely smitten with my city and take a lot of pride in being a Fiorentina.
One thing I have noticed however, is that a lot of people are inammorati with Firenze but they actually don’t know anything about her.
It’s a bit like saying you love George Clooney or Tina Fey. You might not know these people on a personal level, but you love their beauty, intelligence or how they make you feel.
Florence has that same effect on people. But, the difference between Florence and Tina Fey is that you can actually get to know Florence! The real love you can feel for Tuscany’s largest city, goes much beyond superficial, the more you get to know her.
Since it was founded sometime between 200-50 BC, Firenze has been an important part of Italian history and even served as the capital of Italy from 1865-1870.
All of this is why, on the first full day in Florence during our Not Your Typical Tourist Retreat, our learners go on an in-depth historical tour.
They discover the Medici family (hint: they are the reason Florence is the beautiful gem you see today), they learn about the art (do you know why Florence wanted that now-super-famous David statue sculpted?), and they experience all this and more directly from the mouth of an authentic Florentine.
They discover the heart of Florence — what is inside each Florentine and what makes them tick and burst with pride for their beautiful Tuscan city.
So, for all you hopelessly innamorati, if you’re planning on visiting Florence, I suggest you brush up on her rich history and get to know Florence more than skin deep.
Immerse yourself in the Medici’s, the famous artists, the infamous Pazzi’s, and all the trials and tribulations that shaped the city we see today. I have always felt Florence’s beauty is reflected in her storied history, the Guelphs and Ghibellines, DaVinci, Michelangelo, the rush of the Arno and Dante’s words. You can’t really love her until you’ve experienced who she really is.
How about you? Have you ever found totally in love with this jewel of the Renaissance? Was it her beauty or her history that captured your heart first?