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 […]
"No hitches, no glitches - great holiday"
It's hard to believe we have been home months now. I think the Bus Tour was great! The tour guides were excellent, amazing actually, personality plus, extremely knowledgable, accommodating and efficient and eager to please and help. It was a great trip and Italy is 'magnifico'! Of course I had to make a purchase...
Maureen Primrose (Vernon, BC, Canada)
Discover Italy Tour, September 2011