How A Woman Saved Florence #TravelStories #Italy2018

I’ve been away from my blog for over quite a while now and this time it was with a valid reason. I was traveling in Florence, Naples, and Rome for two weeks with my husband. I do wish to write the details about my travels. However, in order to not bore you, I want to present to you interesting facts about the places I visited or useful information which might help you in the future. How does that sound? 🙂

So, let’s start with the first installment of my Italian adventure series.

How a Woman Saved Florence

On October 9th, while we took a tour of the Galleria Uffizi, our guide, a proud Florentine, showed us the portrait of the last heiress of the Medici family, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici.

Now, for all of you who aren’t aware, the Medici family is the biggest reason why Florence was the birth place of Renaissance and it still rules as one of the most important centers of Renaissance art and architecture. Unlike the other important museums across Europe, such as the Louvre or the British Museum, most of the pieces of the art and sculpture in Uffizi were made in Florence itself. Most of these were commissioned pieces by the ruling families of Florence in those days (Florence was a separate republic till 1532). Along with their aesthetic values, art those days was considered to be a symbol of power and influence. 

Anyway, in the end it was Anna Maria who was left with this vast wealth of art by maestros like Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rafael, Lippi and so on. Anna lived her last days all alone in a palace and she died at 40. But before her death, she saw the fight for Florence’s wealth. She knew she had to do something to not let all this be taken away to other parts of the world. She wrote a will giving everything to the city of Florence.

And thus, Florence remains the epicenter of art and architecture even today.

In the end our guide said, ‘Dostovoyesky said, ‘Beauty will save the world.’ But, I think it is beauty and women that will save the world.’  I agreed. 😊

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(A photo of the portrait of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici that I took in the Uffizi Gallery)

 

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