Arte piazza

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, art is the heart of Florence

The Vasari Corridor, the famed elevated passageway, lies above Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge across the Arno River, the main artery in Florence. The spectacular corridor was constructed under the supervision of Giorgio Vasari, a noble Italian architect, and completed in 1565. It once served as an exclusive path for members of the Medici, a noble and influential Florentine family during the Renaissance. The corridor connects the west wing of the Uffizi Gallery to Palazzo Pitti, another Renaissance-style palace, once owned by the Medici. Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge that survived destruction from aerial bombs by German forces during World War II. The first construction began in the 10th century. The current bridge was rebuilt after a devastating flood in 1345. Along the Ponte Vecchio are innumerable jewellery shops, many since the 13th century. Photo: AP Thailand

As I was strolling along the Arno River in the warm morning sunlight towards the bustling inner-city area of Florence, the ancient capital's picturesque landscape against a blue sky gradually unveiled before my eyes.

Our bus driver dropped us off just a stone's throw away from the vibrant tourism hub, explaining it would be a memorable experience to explore art and cultural attractions scattered across the city.

Standing the test of time, Florence -- the age-old capital of Tuscany in Italy -- has held its visitors spellbound for centuries with masterpieces and architectural legacy, which have been shaped by long-standing culture, art and religious beliefs.

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