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TEFL Florence | TEFL Italy
We like to think that if Tuscany’s favorite son, Michelangelo, were alive today there would be no statue of David, or painting of the Sistine Chapel. He’d be too busy touring the region on a bike, captivated by everything around him.
Fortunately, you do not need to be a creative genius to be staggered by the beauty of Florence and the region of Tuscany. Instead just get on a plane to this incredible part of italy – soon, along with everyone else in the TESOL group, you’ll be declaring ""this place is stunning"" every few moments.
Tuscany is one of the few regions on earth that lives up to its hype. As the birthplace of the Renaissance it holds one of the greatest concentrations of artistic achievements known to man. The Duomo, the Battistero, and the Galleria Degli Uffizi, which houses the works of Da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli are all here. Combined with its rolling countryside of checkerboard fields of sunflower and wheat, and green vineyards specked with red tiled farmhouses, Tuscany feels like the Tour of Enhance.
Sensory overload, however, is not restricted to sight. Tuscany is also the land of porcini mushrooms, virgin olive oil, and hearty stews. And thanks to its Chianti vineyards there's enough red wine to make the Leaning Tower of Pisa appear straight!
Is art or history your passion? Tuscany has more than you can handle! Start with the jewel of Florence, then move on to Siena, Pisa, Lucca, the Maremma, the Crete Senesi, the Lunigiana and Garfagnana areas, and the island of Elba. Each has amazing architecture and art, especially paintings and sculptures.
Florence has a population of around half a million inhabitants, spreads on the banks of the Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula. It is a city which bustles with industry and craft, commerce and culture, art and science. Being on the main national railway lines, it is easily accessible from most important places both in italy and abroad.
The Florence ""Vespucci"" airport, where both national and international airlines stop, is located 5 km from the city centre. The main motorway, A1, connects Florence with Bologna and Milano in the North and Rome and Naples in the South. The A11 motorway to the sea joins it to nearby towns and the resorts on the Tyrrhenian sea. There is also a motorway which connects Florence to Siena.
Some historical residents of Florence:Giovanni Cimabue (artist, 1240-1302) Dante Alighieri (poet, 1265-1321) Giovanni Boccaccio (poet, 1313-1375) Filippo Brunelleschi (architect, 1377-1446) Lorenzo Ghiberti (sculptor, 1378-1455) Donato dei Bardi, a.k.a. 'il Donatello' (sculptor, 1386-1466) Luca della Robbia (sculptor, 1400-1482) Filippo Lippi (artist, 1406-1469) Antonio Pollaiolo (sculptor, 1432-1498) Alessandro Filipepi, a.k.a. 'il Botticelli' (artist, 1445-1510) Domenico Bigordi, a.k.a. 'Ghirlandaio' (artist, 1449-1494) Lorenzo the Magnificent (the most famous of the Medicis, 1449-1492) Leonardo da Vinci (artist, 1452-1519) Amerigo Vespucci (explorer who gave the name to the continent of America, 1454-1512) Michelangelo Buonarroti (artist, 1475-1564) Francesco Guicciardini (historian, 1483-1540) Andrea del Sarto (artist, 1486-1530) Niccolò Machiavelli (politician and historian, 1489-1527) Benvenuto Cellini (goldsmith, 1500-1571)
Some of the more important events you can enjoy in Florence are The ""Burst of the Cart"" (Easter), the Feast of St. John (June) and the ""Historic Football in Costume"" (June, July).If you are a lover of food, authentic Tuscan cuisine is a must-have. In the city itself, you will see vendors with market stalls that sell home-grown produce as well as hand-picked herbs. If you prefer not to cook, a plethora of ristoranti, trattorie, and pizzerie await you. Don't forget about the gelato in the afternoon or after dinner!
Tuscany is literally one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on earth.