Florence, the birthplace of the European Renaissance, thrived between the 14th and 17th centuries as a center of trade, finance, architecture, and the arts. At the height of its power and influence, it became one of the wealthiest cities of all time, and its rulers built some of the grandest churches, palaces, and museums in Europe. Today, these Florentine wonders are still being enjoyed by millions of people who come to Florence to pay homage to the culture and heritage of a city that has left an enduring legacy for the world. But aside from renowned paintings, sculptures, and monuments, Florence today also serves host to a festival which aims to preserve and nurture opera music, an inheritance from the Renaissance era and one of Florence’s greatest contribution to the arts. First staged in 1933 through the patronage of conductor Vittorio Gui, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival is known for […]
"Our tour guide Stefano was awesome, organized and so much fun to be with"
Our heads are still in the clouds. I am not sure if I can use one word that truly expresses how we feel about our trip to Italy. It was awesome, exciting, expressive, beautiful, excellent, tour-friendly, fun and funny. I can go on and on.
We truly enjoyed...
Rosalind Boyer Bernard (Baltimore, MD)
Classic Italy Tour, June 2010