There is no other city to deserve this name more then Florence, the city of Renaissance. This was the cradle of all wonders that pulled Europe out of the dark ages, and made it a place worth visiting today . And you have a lot to visit in Florence, because all museums and especially the world-famous Ufizzi Gallery in Florence hold testimony of the greatest minds of the Renaissance, Florence born and raised.
Florence became during the Renaissance a center of the arts, artists like Donatello, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Giotto, Galileo, Dante Aligheri, Botticelli and Masaccio are only the most famous of them. Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect, is the one responsible for the fact that Florence was to present itself from then on as the “Renaissance city”, idealized by the humanists.
Besides the Ufizzi Gallery, huge collections of books and manuscripts are housed in the Central National Library and in other historic libraries such as the Mediceo-Laurenziana, the Riccardiana and the Marucelliana. To call Florence a city of Renaissance or capital of arts is according with the UNESCO statistics. Those state that 60% of the world’s most important works of art are in Italy, and about the 30% right there, in Florence.
During the Renaissance, in Florence were built palaces, squares, churches and museum, most of them decorated with the statues and fountains that later came to be known as Renaissance Style. The more delicate works, like paintings and crafts, are hosted in galleries such as Ufizzi, for example, that houses of works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Rubens.
Today, Florence is also an active cultural center and organizes exhibitions and art festivals., most of them with Renaissance themes, so it deserves the name “city of Renaissance“!