See the history of Florence: Travel log of Italy, part 2 (continued from July 2019)

See the history of Florence: Travel log of Italy, part 2 (continued from July 2019)

From Pisa to Florence

From Pisa, we traveled to Florence and then into the heart of Tuscany countryside. The bus ride from Pisa to Florence took us 1.5 hours with our arrival into Florence at 12 noon.

Florence is considered the ‘capital’ of the Tuscany region, and with a large population of over 1 million.

Learning and seeing History

The city, located about 145 miles northwest of Rome, is surrounded by gently rolling hills that are covered with villas and farms, vineyards, and orchards. According to Britannica, Florence was founded as a Roman military colony about the 1st century BCE, and during its long history it has been a republic, a seat of the duchy of Tuscany, and a capital (1865–70) of Italy. During the 14th–16th century Florence achieved preeminence in commerce and finance, learning, and especially the arts.

As I walked around the famous historic city center of Florence, look up to see the historic buildings with carved images looking right back at you.

It’s a great destination to see the best Renaissance art in Europe. Make sure you have enough time to seek out famous works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo, and its most-renowned rulers, generations of the Medici family. Alas, we are back onto the bus by 3pm.

This is certainly a city that I’ll come back to explore in detail.

Read part 1 online in the July isue. By Joyce Bates: Sun Connections Travel & Cruises is located in Beaverton and has become the ‘go to’ travel agency for all occasions. www.sunconnections.com. For more information or to book your next trip, call 503-655-4850 or email Joyce@sunconnections.com. **Travel Layaway plans available!