Firenze

Is the capital city of the Italian region of Toscana. It is the most populous city in Toscana, with 383,084 inhabitants in 2013, and over 1,520,000 in its metropolitan area.

Firence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. It is considered by main academics the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. Its turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city served as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy (established in 1861).

The Florentine dialect forms the base of Standard Italian and it became the language of culture throughout Italy, due to the prestige of the masterpieces by Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini.

The city attracts millions of tourists each year, and UNESCO declared the Historic Centre of Firenze a World Heritage Site in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Firenze’s artistic and architectural heritage, Forbes has ranked it as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Firenze plays an important role in Italian fashion and it is a major national economic centre, as well as a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008 the city had the 17th-highest average income in Italy. Wikipedia

Video 1 – Piazza di Santa Maria Novella to Parco e giardino Il Bobolinom
Approximately 2.42 km – 1.50 miles

The walk starts in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella – Piazza degli Ottaviani – Via dei Fossi – Piazza Carlo Goldoni – Ponte alla Carraia – Lungarno Soderini – Piazza di Cestello – Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello – Via di Cestello – Borgo S. Frediano – Porta di San Frediano, Borgo S. Frediano – Walk back along Borgo S. Frediano to Via del Drago D’Oro – Piazza del Carmine – Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine – Borgo S. Frediano – Via dei Serragli – Via Santa Maria – Porta Romana, Piazzale di Porta Romana – Viale Niccolo Machiavelli – Parco e giardino Il Bobolinom

Video 2 – Via delle Porte Sante to Lungarno Torrigiani
Approximately 1.46 km – 0.91 miles

The walk starts at Via delle Porte Sante – Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte – Via di S. Salvatore Al Monte – Chiesa di San Salvatore al Monte – Piazzale Michelangelo – Passaggio Via del Monte alle Croci – Giardino delle rose, Viale Giuseppe Poggi – Via del Monte alle Croci – Porta San Miniato – Via S. Miniato – Via di S. Niccolò – Via dei Rena – Piazza Nicola Demidoff – Lungarno Serristori – Lungarno Torrigiani

Video 3 – Lungarno Guicciardini to Piazza di Santa Croce
Approximately 2.07 km – 1.29  miles

The walk starts in Lungarno Guicciardini – Piazza de’ Frescobaldi – Ponte Santa Trinita – Via de’ Tornabuoni – Piazza di Santa Trinita – Via de’ Tornabuoni – Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli – Ponte Vecchio – Borgo S. Jacopo – Via de’ Guicciardini – Piazza di S. Felicita – Chiesa di Santa Felicita – Via de’ Guicciardini – Via de’ Bardi – Lungarno Torrigiani – Giardino Martin Lutero, Lungarno Torrigiani -Ponte alle Grazie – Via dei Benci – Borgo Santa Croce – Via Antonio Magliabechi – Piazza di Santa Croce

Video 4 – Borgo dei Greci to Piazza del Duomo
Approximately 1.29 km – 0.8 miles

The walk starst in Borgo dei Greci – Piazza di S. Firenze – Piazza di S. Firenze, Piazza di S. Firenze – Via dei Magazzini ia Via della Condotta – Via dei Magazzini – Piazza della Signoria – Via degli Speziali – Via dei Calzaiuoli – Piazza della Repubblica – Via degli Speziali – Via dei Calzaiuoli – Piazza del Duomo