In Florence, art treasures are everywhere you turn. Rick: Grazie. The halls are lined with monk's cells, each with a single meditation-enhancing fresco. Michelangelo sculpted Jesus taller than life — notice the zig-zag of his body. The quality is proudly on display. We're staying at Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti. The broken body of the crucified Christ is tended by three mourners — his mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Nicodemus. Well if you want to leave the tourists let's cross the river and let's go to where the real Florentines live and work. A more realistic setting places Mary and baby Jesus on a throne occupying a believable space. We offer you a 10% discount an all our activities: walking tours, experiences and excursions everywhere in Italy: Florence, Tuscany, Rome and Venice. Rather than its church, it's the city hall — once the palace of the Medici family — that towers over the main square. After the fall of ancient Rome, Europe wallowed in centuries of relative darkness. Your key phrase is "Can I take a look?". This exciting rebirth of the culture of ancient Greece and Rome swept from here all across Europe. Some say the Renaissance began in 1401 over the excitement caused by a city-wide competition to design and build new doors for the Baptistery. Watch Queue Queue. If the Renaissance was a foundation of our modern world, a foundation of the Renaissance was Classical art. Nearby, the Medici family ruled Florence from this grand palace, the Palazzo Vecchio. A block away is another monastery — with simpler cells than our hotel…but better art. Fifteenth-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance and birthplace of our modern Western world. After nearly 150 years of construction, Brunelleschi's dome was up and the Cathedral was nearly complete. Start planning your trip to Italy! Florence's Gothic cathedral has the third-longest nave in Christendom. And without the noise and distraction of cars, the architecture is easier to appreciate. Rick: Oh, look at this. Rick: Posso guardare? Germany & Austria This is the cell of Savonarola, the charismatic monk who, by giving fiery sermons denouncing the decadence of the Renaissance threw out the Medici and, for a time, turned the city into a theocracy. Each day here, and throughout Europe, frustrated tourists who don't study their guidebooks waste precious hours in museum lines. Chianina beef…So the meat is called "Chianina"? Meanwhile, the figure of Spring spreads petals from her dress…the Three Graces dance….a blindfolded cupid happily sprays his little arrows, and in the center stands a fertile Venus, the classical goddess of love. The 32 well-worn rooms are both rickety and characteristic. Each shop addresses a need with passion and expertise. For me, the Uffizi — like Florence itself — is all about the thrilling leap from medieval to modern — as happened when Europe moved from Gothic to Renaissance. Posted on June 14, 2010 March 24, 2017. Steves, Rick, 1955- author. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Because only 600 visitors are allowed inside the building at any one time, there's generally a very long wait (see my tips for avoiding ths fate). The only way to climb the dome is to make a reservation. This balcony for the choir, captures the exuberance of the age. Terms of Service | Privacy. Start with Giotto's early stabs at Renaissance-style realism, then move on through the 3-D experimentation of the early 1400s to the real thing rendered by the likes of Botticelli and Leonardo. For shoppers, Florence means high quality and top fashions. Now that the old center of Florence is essentially traffic free, the city itself is more enjoyable than ever. The church's noisy Neo-Gothic facade (from the 1870s) is covered with pink, green, and white Tuscan marble. see our FAQ. Its interior glitters with Byzantine-style mosaics created in the 13th century, long before the Renaissance. Kings made copies. The prostitute, rescued from the streets by Jesus, folds her hands in prayer. While the panels, like most of the art you see outside, are copies, the originals of the cathedral's greatest treasures are stored safely out of the elements in the adjacent cathedral museum. eBook , 2019. Then the people happily take back the streets. The biggest difference: The full-size Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany is not only a comprehensive guide to Florence, but also covers Rick's favorite small-town Tuscan destinations. Plan carefully to minimize your time in line. The monks lived above the cloister, and greeting them at the top of the stairs was Fra Angelico's sublime Annunciation. And the Accademia doesn't stop there. Here in this city of art there's no shortage of treasures in need of a little TLC. On his right, Angel Gabriel blows his trumpet bringing good news to the saved…and on the thumbs down side…well, you don't want to go there. Two thousand year old Roman and Greek statues like these decorated gardens of the wealthy. The Ponte Vecchio, or "old bridge," has been busy with shoppers since before the Renaissance. Fast Download Speed ~ Commercial & Ad Free. Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2016. Like our other Pocket guides, Pocket Florence is smaller than the complete guidebook (and in full color), but still offers our best sightseeing advice, a handful of self-guided city walks and museum tours, and a foldout map. My Florence Hotel: Location, Location, Location . It was expensive but the experience more than worth it. Her once-beautiful body has been scarred by the fires of her fasting and remorse. The angels are stacked — like a totem pole. May 30, 2016 - Explore Sandra Kent's board "Rick Steves" on Pinterest. For instance, Michelangelo actually dissected human corpses to better understand anatomy. Rick Steves' Travel Blog. Book , 2015. This bench is fore-shortened to exentuate its depth. Iceland Portugal These bronze panels, Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise," were revolutionary in their realism. Rick: Grazie. Rick: So, both of those, for four people? Botticelli combines the beauty of nature and the human body — the hands, wings, and robe mingle with the wind. Even the Florentine painter Botticelli got caught up in this moralistic hysteria — tossing some of his own "decadent" paintings onto the fires of Savonarola. Jesus sits at the center of it all, overlooking creation on Judgment Day. Ciao. I've not found the walk in the 2016 guidebook and it's not online that I can find. eBook , 2016. Then, in about 1400, here in Florence, there was a Renaissance. see our FAQ. His weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves first aired in 2005. This 15th-century monastery houses the greatest collection anywhere of frescoes and paintings by the early Renaissance master Fra Angelico. At its altar...one very impressive human. While these statues are called unfinished…perhaps Michelangelo was satisfied he'd set them free…and he moved on to other challenges. With a handful of other Michelangelo statues and a few other interesting sights, it makes for an uplifting visit that isn't overwhelming. Rick Steves Belgium : Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent. The hotel staff is professional yet warm. The monastery of San Marco, with its peaceful cloister, is now a museum — welcoming the public to enjoy the greatest collection of frescoes and paintings by Fra Angelico. The good news: no Vatican-style mob scenes inside, and the museum is nowhere near as big as it is great. There was little learning, commerce, or travel. The warm winds blow in causing Flora to sprout flowers from her lips. Steves, Rick, 1955- author. While the formal subject is still Biblical — David slaying the giant — Goliath's severed head is at David's feet — truth be told, it's a classical nude…a celebration of the human body. The High Renaissance or 1500s is well known for the work of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael. Finish off with Michelangelo and Titian. Rick: This is beautiful. Proudly perched at a prestigious address on the most Renaissance-y square in town, the Dei Serviti gives you Old World romance with hair dryers. Artists now made their point using realism. There's much more to this town than tourism, as you'll quickly find in the characteristic back lanes of the Oltrarno district. This David by the early Renaissance Florentine sculptor Donatello is one of the first freestanding male nudes sculpted in Europe in a thousand years. Travel Talks: Florence. Michelangelo's Holy Family shows he can do more than carve statues. Michelangelo believed these figures were divinely created within the rock. Oh, beautiful. Ruling the city, he ordered "bonfires of the vanities" — in which his followers would collect and burn jewelry, fleshy paintings anything — considered too modern, hedonistic, and humanistic. When you look at David, you're looking at Renaissance man. And they go together well, they marry together, we say "si sposano bene." VOLTERRA on Italy's Great Hill Towns by Rick Steves by VolterraTelevision. Artists rediscovered the wonder of nature and the human body. If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube. Fans of Rick's books have been reading Cameron's words (often without knowing it) for years. Early in the morning the service trucks make their deliveries. Visiting Florence leaves lovers of art and good living with rich memories. The other side of Rick Steves He may seem like Mister Rogers. Hi, I'm Rick Steves back with more of the best of Europe. Once the cells of monks, today's rooms — with air-conditioning, antique furniture, and mini-bars — wouldn't be recognized by their original inhabitants. But the first half of the Renaissance, the 1400s is often overlooked. 1 online resource Provided through OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks. The Church no longer put a ceiling on learning and the great pre-Christian thinkers — like Plato and Aristotle — were back in vogue. View the daily YouTube analytics of Rick Steves' Europe and track progress charts, view future predictions, related channels, and track realtime live sub counts. He was an eccentric, innovative, work-a-holic master who lit up his statues with an inner spirituality or soul. Artist: This is a 17th-century painting. As viewers we become part of the scene. Maybe the area is Genova. Until then, I'm Rick Steves. In other words, the wine is from Tuscany and the meat is from Tuscany. OK. And tell me about this concept of the "good marriage," of the food, you know? The Renaissance lasted roughly two centuries. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany. Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Florence, the home of the Renaissance and birthplace of our modern world, has the best Renaissance art in Europe. It was the city’s oldest structure, nearly 1,000 years old, where venerable citizens from Dante to Machiavelli to the Medici were baptized. Rick: Si sposano bene. Switzerland Grand palaces sparkle with gold leaf thanks to the delicate and exacting skills of craftspeople like this. The previous commenter mentioned that if you could fly in and out of Florence, that would be good because you can even spend the last night in Florence and also save time and money for the transfer to Milan (€69 each way per person in train fare + one hotel stay in Milan). Shopkeeper: Certo. The shepherd boy, David, sizes up the giant… thoughtful and self assured, he seems to be thinking, "I can take him." They did this by merging art and science. The Duomo — that's Italian for "cathedral" — is huge — the largest anywhere when finished in the 15th century and still in the top 20. Yet artists were trying…To show Jesus' head leaning out…it actually does. A generation before this would have been shocking — but with the Renaissance, it's art. A good marriage. eBook , 2015. How old is this painting? The city is easy to navigate and its sights are close together. While the Duomo's architecture and statues are impressive, the Baptistery, across from the Cathedral, is centuries older. Keep on travelin'. It's art for art's sake adorning not a church but a rich man's courtyard. Scotland This is symbolic of the hand of God. They didn't reveal the reason behind their divorce. Rick: Oh, Chianti. Portraying beautiful people in harmonious surroundings, they expressed the optimism and confidence of this new age. Rick: Boy, it's intense in the city. 2:17. Within a few hundred yards of where I'm standing you can enjoy the greatest art created during that exciting age. The cathedral's claim to artistic fame is Brunelleschi's magnificent dome — the first Renaissance dome and the model for domes to follow. In 1420, Filippo Brunelleschi won the job and built the dome that kicked off the architectural Renaissance. Lyon, France: City of Capitals - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite The preparation is simple and well-established. In this first of two episodes, we'll gaze into the self-assured eyes of Michelangelo's David, enjoy Botticelli's Birth of Venus, delve into the 3-D wonders of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance. We cannot guarantee that every book is in the library! Rick Steves Pocket Florence works best for people taking a short trip, or perhaps a return trip, to Florence. You're welcome to just drop in to little shops — but remember, it's polite to greet the proprietor. Gilded Gothic altarpieces, like this Annunciation by the Sienese master Simone Martini, must have dazzled the faithful in the 1300s. Jewelry is a Florentine specialty. You don't want to have a wine from somewhere else but Tuscany. Meanwhile, travelers who made a reservation by phone or purchase the city museum pass — as we did — are allowed right in. This spiffed-up 16th-century monastery offers a good mix of character and comfort. Tommaso: That's its name, because it comes from the Chianti. While the main structure of the Florence Cathedral is medieval, its remarkable dome and much of the art decorating its façade, Baptistery, and bell tower define this first century of the Renaissance. The claustrophobic one-way route takes you up narrow, steep staircases and walkways to the top. 1 VHS Rick Steves Best of Travels in Europe Great Britain (2001) Hosted by PBS's Rick Steves! Steves, Rick, 1955- author. Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. Turkey, ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | And today, it rewards those who climb to the top with a grand Florence view. In painting, it revived realism and emotion. This ancient art was considered the epitome of beauty. Join me at the place I’ve called home for the last few days in Florence — Hotel Loggiato Dei Serviti — and check out my rooftop view of the Duomo, coming right in through the bathroom window. Here the "little brothers" have served peasants 29 different kinds of sandwiches and a fine selection of wine at great prices since 1875. 383 pages : During the Renaissance — as in the ancient world — people saw the glory of God in the beauty, order, and harmony of the human body — God's greatest creation. With Venus' flyaway hair, the airy spaciousness of the distant horizon, and the flowers — caught at the peak of their beauty, tumbling in slow motion — the world itself is fresh and newborn. 1:11. Their offices — or uffizi — were next door. In about 1400, with the advent of Renaissance, man — now alert — begins to stand on his own, moving out of the shadow of the church. Florence held a city-wide competition to find the best artist to create a set of bronze doors for the beloved Baptistery. 1 online resource Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2017. Some say Donatello invented the Renaissance style that Michelangelo would perfect half a century later. In the 19th century, young aristocrats on the grand tour came here and swooned. and eat very well…[oh, beautiful]… But first, a little background. Sign in to YouTube. And Florence — recognizing and paying creative genius like no one else — unleashed an explosion of innovation. The gold leaf sky isn't realistic…but it implies a rich and holy setting. Ireland The museum's most famous piece — sculpted a generation later — is this Pietà by Michelangelo. Posted on May 12, 2019 by Rick Steves. In this travel class, Rick Steves explains how Florence was the cradle of the Renaissance — and how today's travelers enjoy its art treasures (from the Uffizi to Michelangelo's David), art-filled churches, and delicious Tuscan cuisine. This museum houses Michelangelo's David, the consummate Renaissance statue of the buff, biblical shepherd boy ready to take on the giant. Artist: We don't know. While viewing it from the outside is well worthwhile, the massive but empty-feeling interior is hardly a must-see — it doesn't justify the massive crowds that line up to get inside. These altarpieces are Gothic — being pre-Renaissance they simply tell their story through symbolism rather than realism. Access Online. The work of Donatello was a ground-breaking example. Rick: From Florence? Greece This time we look at the city that pulled Europe out of the Middle Ages and into the modern world…Florence. Watch Queue Queue. Donatello's Mary Magdalene — carved out of wood — is provocative...shockingly realistic. Fine instruments deserve the finest care. This great collection features works by Giotto, Leonardo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, and Michelangelo, and a roomful of Botticellis. Artisans, busy at work, offer a rare opportunity to see traditional craftsmanship in action. A time of confidence: when people worked hard, business was respectable, and excellence was rewarded. When in Florence, I like to enjoy a quiet moment all alone with my buddy, David. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. The statue was an apt symbol, inspiring Florentines to tackle their Goliaths…. Dancing and swirling in a real space, oblivious to the columns, Donatello's happy angels celebrate the freedom and motion of this new age. European Cruising 101 Travel with a Mobile Device Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands. Italy Tommaso: Well, when you have a Chianina meat, you want to have some Chianti wine. Here we see the Renaissance love of the body as Michelangelo reveals these compelling figures. Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips, ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | For me, his Birth of Venus is the Uffizi's purest expression of Renaissance beauty. Mar 28, 2018 - Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Now, people realized that the best way to glorify God was not to bow down in church all day long, but to recognize their talents and to use them. 3:09. Everything in this episode is within a 15 minute walk. After spending a lifetime bringing statues to life, Michelangelo reflects tenderly upon his savior — looking down thoughtfully at what could be one of his final creations. For a grand view into the cathedral from the base of the dome, a chance to see Brunelleschi's "dome-within-a-dome" construction, and a glorious Florence view from the top, climb 463 steps up the dome. Travel as a Political Act, England & Wales He gives the ultimate thumbs up…and thumbs down. Otherwise, you can try to reserve a time in person at a Duomo ticket office or at a ticket machine in the Duomo Museum lobby. Access Online. Rick steves europe through the back door : The Travel Skills Handbook Steves, Rick, 1955- author. France Artists like Michelangelo even exaggerated realism to make their point: notice David's large and overdeveloped right hand. Christ is mourned by both haloed saints and contemporary Florentines. The Renaissance was an age of humanism. I'm meeting my Florentine friend, Tommaso at I Fratellini — a venerable hole in the wall much loved among locals for its tasty sandwiches and wine sold by the glass. The Uffizi's collection — displayed on one comfortable floor, takes you on a sweep through Italian art history from the 12th through the 17th century. Notice the progress. The church's claim to fame is its dome — the first of the Renaissance and the first great dome built in Europe in over a thousand years. Waitress: Yeah. The quiet beauty and exquisite detail in these 500-year-old frescos can put even a busy tourist in a peaceful and reflective state of mind. Spain Dome climb time slots can fill up days in advance, so it’s smart to reserve well ahead. Lorenzo Ghiberti won the commsion and spent decades on this project. The stars of the Florentine "Class of 1500" are all here: Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation is exquisite. eBook , 2016. These vivid scenes, bringing countless Bible stories to life, inspired the medieval faithful. Fifteenth-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance and the birthplace of our modern world. Tommaso: Exactly. Europe for Foodies Florence was long an economic powerhouse. Steves, Rick, 1955- author. He was simply chiseling away the excess. The effect? Some of the wineries offer wine pair lunch. Florence reigned as the capital of a newly united Italy for just five years, from 1865 to 1870. While her physical body is neglected and her eyes are hollow, her spirit stands strong. Join the local crowd to order, then sit on a nearby curb to eat, placing your glass on the wall rack before you leave (20 yards in front of Orsanmichele Church on Via dei Cimatori, tel. It was God that powered David to slay the giant...and Florentines liked to think God's favor enabled them to rise above rival neighboring city-states. eBook , 2019. That octagonal building in front of Florence’s main church was dear to the hearts of Florentines. Bartender: Prego. Sign in. The nave-like hall leading to David is lined with Michelangelo's unfinished Prisoners — struggling to break out of the marble. Rick Steves Pocket Florence works best for people taking a short trip, or perhaps a return trip, to Florence — and not venturing beyond it. Flanking this cross, panels — like painted pages — tell the story of the crucifixion…but with little sense of depth. Cameron's Travels. 8:18. The Baptistery is separate because in medieval times you couldn't enter the church until you were baptized. Michelangelo's David originally stood here — this is a copy. In this painting, he creates a realistic scene set in what many consider the first great Renaissance landscape. The kneeling angels in front and peek-a-boo saints behind create an illusion of depth. Try for a small van tour since some of the better wineries are not accessible via a touring bus. 1 online resource Provided through OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks. And we'll do just that: gaze into the eyes of Michelangelo's David, enjoy Botticelli's Birth of Venus, delve into the 3-D wonders of Ghiberti's glorious bronze gates, appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance. I'm planning our days in Florence and I've seen references to a Rick Steves Oltrarno Walk. Terms of Service | Privacy, Florence, Italy: Famous Dome and Bronze Doors, Florence, Italy: Renaissance Art and Architecture, Florence, Italy: Strolling the Oltrarno Neighborhood. 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