Romantic itineraries in FlorenceFebruary 11, 2015
Florence is known for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a priceless historical, artistic and cultural heritage. However, the Tuscan capital is also a perfect choice for couples who want to enjoy a little romantic getaway. Thanks to the beautiful scenery and the magical atmosphere, Florence is able to give unforgettable experiences to lovers of all ages.
First thing to see during a romantic journey in Florence is Ponte Vecchio, a bridge of extraordinary beauty and artistic importance. From here, you can admire a great view, especially at sunset, while being swept away by the sunlight reflecting on the water and producing a mesmerizing spectacle. Centuries ago, a tragic episode took place here, due to romantic circumstances: in the thirteenth century, the young and noble Buondelmonte de' Buondelmonti was stabbed to death as he was crossing the bridge on horseback, having just run away from his marriage. The man was in love with another woman, but the bride's family didn’t forgive such an offence.
From Ponte Vecchio you can move along the Arno river, to reach Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. In the courtyard of this old building, you can admire some frescoes depicting views of Austrian cities: the paintings were commissioned in the sixteenth century by Cosimo I de' Medici, on the wedding between his son Francesco and Giovanna of Austria, so that his new daughter in law wouldn’t feel too homesick.
From Palazzo Vecchio you can walk towards Via de' Cerchi and reach Via Dante Alighieri. Here, in the heart of medieval Florence, you can still visit the poet's house, where the author of The Divine Comedy used to write love poems dedicated to his Beatrice. According to the historians’ reconstructions and studies, it was in front of the nearby Church of Santa Margherita de' Cerchi that Dante met and fell in love with his muse. Many people like to think that Beatrice was buried here, and inside the church, you can find a tombstone that is believed to be hers: it’s tradition for tourists to leave personal messages and love prayers next to it.
Another tragic story is the one of the Palace of Mondragone, where Francesco de’ Medici and Bianca Cappello met for the first time. The two kids fell in love right away, but according to the legend, they both died shortly after, for reasons remained unknown. Some think they were poisoned, but they most likely fell victims to malaria.
If you want to surprise your partner, remember to take them on the Brunelleschi's Dome or the Tower of Arnolfo: the view that can be seen once you get to the top is breathtaking. It is also recommended to visit the hill of Bellosguardo, both to admire the view and to take a close look at the place of Ugo Foscolo and Quirina Mocenni Magiotti’s passionate meetings. The hills of Settignano were instead scenery of the fiery and passionate love affair between Gabriele D'Annunzio and the actress Eleonora Duse.