Driving in Tuscany, Italy Part 6

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Visiting Tuscany would not be complete without exploring Florence. Founded by Julius Caesar in 59 BC, Florence was the epicenter of Renaissance movement in 1500's. It is a place where arts, architectures, and cultures come to meet you. Florence's fascinating sights, brimming ambiance, and ambrosial smells give any visitor sensory overload.

The relatively compact old town, separated from the modern town by the medieval walls, hosts many gigantic grandiose monuments, churches, and buildings that ooze gripping adventures and romances, victories and defeats. The Duomo, domed Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, was the best place to start. We then spirally moved outward to absorb the historical glories and sorrows this place had endured.

Bartolomeo Ammanati's Marble Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria is a remarkable engineering masterpiece.
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Built in mid 15th century, this Roman aqueduct is still functioning. Another great engineering accomplishment in this town is the unique Ponte Vecchio, old bridge that goes over the Arno river. On each sides of this 14th century bridge, multi-story structures that used to be resident quarters are now hosting shops selling Tuscan keep sakes to tourists.

The delicious smell of the Florentine tripe sandwich from a food stall in the alley made us hungry. We decided to try a trattoria, a small family owned restaurant that offered a rustic Tuscan ambiance. A bed of asparagus dripped with extra virgin olive oil and a plate of spaghetti covered with tomato sauce and basil looked deceivingly plain, but they surely woke up our palates...

Driving vacation under the Tuscan Sun

Tuscany is a place where many things have changed and, at the same time, many things have stayed the same since the Roman time.
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This is a place where both tradition and progress walk together hand-in-hand. These two words seem to contradict. But here in Tuscany, both are parts of daily life, and both are essential to births of new ideas.

Tuscan foods, arts, and cultures were not formed in one day, one week, one decade, or even one century. Thousands of years of passion and persistence for perfection of many generations made the today's enchanting and inspiring Tuscan people, culture, foods, and crafts…

andreas@driving-vacation.com
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