Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Thursday Apr 3, 2014
Florence: Fueling Your Five Senses
A visit to Italy demands a visit to Florence. The city is recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance and opera, the epicenter of the Tuscany Wine Region, and is a mecca of music, art and culture. Each of these factors contributes to its significant stature in the hierarchy of must-see Italian cities.. Get ready for an adventure of discovery that will satisfy and stimulate your senses as you tour Florence in your Kemwel car rental.
Though many holidays and events , in name at least, are celebrated internationally, each hamlet, town and city finds unique twists to incorporate into these events to make it uniquely their own.
Scoppio del Carro, the Explosion of the Cart, is a Florentine tradition that harkens from the days of the First Crusade and has taken place each Easter since. All the pageantry of the 15th century is brought to life in the affiliated festivities with the main event being the procession of costumed participants who wend their way from the Porta al Prato to the Cathedral Square, the Piazza del Duomo. For five centuries, the same antique cart has been wheeled along this path, laden with pyrotechnics and set off in the shadow of the cathedral as the culminating event of the parade. Learn more about the symbolism, ceremony and superstition associated with this dynamic event on your visit to the beautiful city of Firenze.
Live performances offer an entirely different listening experience to prerecorded music. I’ve heard artists over the years on the airwaves, LP’s, 8-tracks, cassette tapes and cd’s, who have not interested me in the least, then attended a live performance which blew me away.
Opera isn’t for everyone, but considering the small fraction of people “comparative to the population” who have never actually attended a live opera, I would propose that even if you never go again, while in Florence, the mother-city of Opera, make time in your schedule to attend just once, and you may surprise even yourself.
While I have no illusions that any great number of people will be converted to opera junkies from attending a performance, the raw vocal power and storytelling dramatization are moving to hear and see.
Wine tastings are a daily opportunity within the city of Florence, but why stop there? A rental car in Florence allows you to take a break from the city and visit the vineyards and wineries where they’re produced as opposed to a storefront. There are families that have been in the business of grape transformation for generations, and others with burgeoning careers and expectations in the wine business, all whose passion for the fruit of the vine are waiting to be shared. Being able to speak to the winemakers and farmers who work hand-in-hand to produce these noble beverages has the potential to be an interesting and informative activity, while also offering the benefit of a picturesque drive through the stunning Tuscan countryside.
Don’t rely on only photos, keepsakes and knick-knacks to remind you of your time in Florence, consider getting your hands dirty in one of the many activities available that will add a new skillset to your repertoire.
Culinary classes can teach you how to make a traditional Italian dish from scratch in a single day, or how to create an entire meal in more intensive courses. Options for beginners and advanced cooking students are typically available. You can elevate the education by choosing a school that offers immersion courses, which means a crash course, or a refresher in the Italian language, as you’re mixing and measuring. Pasta is an integral part of Tuscan cuisine, and just one of the delicious foods file away in your recipe book.
While walking the halls of the plethora of galleries and museums, taking in the works of artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello, you may be moved to try your hand at painting, drawing or one of the other mediums of the fine arts. The streets of Florence are your classroom as instructors gather their pupils to draw inspiration from their surroundings to create a personal work of art, offering assistance along the way.
Italian wines are a coveted commodity across the globe. Whether you’re a connoisseur of the intricate nuances of wine and its terminology, or have a more basic appreciation for sampling new vintages without the highfalutin lingo, it’s not only a journey of taste, but of culture, tradition and beauty.
Wherever you go, you’re absorbing information from that environment through your five senses without conscious effort. Our senses work in harmony together, feeding us details that influence our impressions as we associate them with familiar and new, good and bad, from our collected experiences in the past.
Your sense of smell is the last of these tools by which you make your way through the world. The bouquet of the wine in your glass, the savory smell of basil and acidity of tomatoes, the scent of acrylic paint and dusty plaster, they’ll all be reminders of your time in Florence.
Kemwel is here to offer hints and tricks, insight and advice, into the realm of international travel to pave your way. Helping you create memories that will last a lifetime is part of what we do. Renting a car in Florence with Kemwel ensures you’re working with a company whose proven record in the highest quality customer service is not sacrificed by providing you the cheapest car rental rates . Do it yourself, using our secure online booking engine, or confirm your rental car with a Kemwel reservation specialist at 1-877-820-0668 today!