The rain cleared just as we arrived in Florence. Just in time to get a photo of the group from Piazza Michelangelo. This piazza is located on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River and provides a wonderful view of the center of Florence. From here one can see (from right to left) the Santa Croce Church, the Duomo, the tower at the Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio.
From the Middle Ages onward, Florence has been the center of Italian intellectual and artistic life. It was in Florence that Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch wrote, and Michelangelo, da Vinci and many others worked. In addition to the art treasures, both in and out of the museums, Florence lends itself to leisurely strolling and relaxation.
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