Jul 23, 2014
If you’re among those who plan ahead of time, you might want to combine a vacation and pilgrimage to Florence, Italy. Most people visit Florence for its cultural attractions. Strictly speaking, Florence is not a place of pilgrimage in the way Assisi is. Yet so much of Florentine culture is embedded in Renaissance religious history that the city can serve as both a vacation and pilgrimage. In Florence, there is hardly a street or avenue that does not reveal some aspect of faith, whether in its many churches or museums, galleries, libraries, monuments, and even outside private residences. Proud Florentines take all this for granted and in stride. Theirs is a city of sheer beauty.
Florence’s Cultural History
Florence is known as the “Athens of the Middle Ages,” the Italian city shaped by Greek culture. Another of its title, the “cradle of the Renaissance,” is well deserved since ancient culture was re- born there. Florence is the home of the Medici’s who actively promoted and supported the arts in the Renaissance. The city has known turbulence from the provincial wars with other Tuscan cities to the religious tirades of Savonarola and the intrigues of Machiavelli, two famous Florentines. And Galileo lived most of his life in Florence.
Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Brunelleschi Dome, and the Baptistery