I clearly remember my first time in Florence, more than 30 years ago, when I was shocked when I arrived at Piazza del Duomo, and I could see with my own eyes the beauty of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s campanile and the baptistery of San Giovanni. This magnificent set in pink, white and green marble and the great dome of Brunelleschi, its majesty and elegance, still remains engraved in my retina.

Everything I had studied at school and had seen so many times in books was finally within reach, right in front of me.

I was even more surprised by all the beauty when I walked up to Piazzale Michelangelo and glimpsed the most romantic skyline in the world. I am in love with this city, which has not changed much over time.

In addition to the architectural beauty of Florence, I love the haute couture shops of Via Tornabuoni, the jewelers of the Ponte Vecchio and especially the work that goldsmiths, tanners, painters, engravers and bookbinders show in their premises in the Santo Spirito neighbourhood.

I have seen director James Ivory’s British film, “A Room with a View”, a thousand and one times, which takes place in Florence, where the protagonist, Helena Bonham Carter spends a holiday and falls in love with Julian Sands.

I have visited many cities, corners and towns all over the world, but Florence is without a doubt my favourite city. I always carry it in my heart!


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