Florence Vespucci: 11 Km from the city center
In the heart of historical Florence, is "Piazza del Duomo", the Cathedral Square, surrounded by masterpieces of Italian architecture: Giotto’s Bell Tower rises majestically alongside the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its dome that dominates the entire city. Facing it, is St John’s Baptistery with its dome embellished by a precious mosaic that has been captivating visitors for almost a thousand years.
In piazza della Signoria, theatre of important historical events and great triumphs, it is still possible to perceive today the influence that Florence has maintained as the centuries have gone by. The shadow of the imposing building, Palazzo Vecchio, on the square is the symbol of the political power that the city once commanded in the past.
Botticelli, Tiziano, Giotto, Cimabue, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. The priceless masterpieces of these and other artistic geniuses are preciously guarded in the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums in the world.
The famous Vasari Corridor links Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace, crossing over the Ponte Vecchio/Old Bridge. The bridge over the Arno, lined with goldsmiths’ shops, offers a really special view of the famous Arno river.
Italian High Fashion was born in Florence with the fashion show organized on the 12th February, 1951 by Giovanni Battisti Giorgini, where international buyers discovered the elegance of made in Italy.
Since then, the old city centre has hosted high fashion boutiques, juxtaposed with historical craft workshops producing quality leather goods.
Every year, Pitti Immagine is a series of events which show-case fashion and is to be counted as one of the most significant happenings of its kind in the world.
The region of Florence has a thousand faces: the verdant Chianti hills, the marble and terracotta to be found in the ancient towns and villages, the culture of a proud people: the Palio of Siena is not just an event, but the manifestation of life itself in the citizens of Siena.