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Visiting the masters of Florence

In the movie A Room with a View, Helena Bonham-Carter gazes from her window at Hotel degli Orafi towards Ponte Vecchio. But I would say that this is a City with a View, since almost every corner could be featured on a painting.

From the imposing Palazzo Vecchio to the impeccable Duomo, from the statue of David to the masterpieces of Botticelli. The works of past masters are ever present in the city of Dante, Galileo and Michelangelo. I could spend years here without seeing everything on my bucket list.

Piazzale Michelangelo Sunset over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo.

I have wandered down narrow streets, trying to fully take in my surroundings with regards to sights, smells, sounds and taste. Oh yes, taste! The food and wine of Tuscany is second to none. “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti”, as old Hannibal Lecter once put it. But I prefer gelato and prosciutto, fortunately enough. Fear not, dear Italians. Godzilla is not here to eat you.

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