I had the pleasure of visiting Florence last year (2019) and without doubt it gets added to the list of wonderful cities Italy has to offer. Although the UK is now suffering with Covid-19, I did feel a tinge of sadness when Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to suffer this horrendous pandemic. Without doubt Italy is one of the best countries in the world to visit, it oozes culture, stunning architecture and wonderful open and friendly people. Like the UK I hope and pray that this pandemic ends soon and Italy is again open for business. Now to this post, the first great basilica, Santa Maria Novella, was founded in the thirteenth century and is simply a beautiful structure both inside and out. During the renaissance period the church attracted the likes of Giotto, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Botticelli to name but a few and examples of their artistic brilliance can be witnessed throughout.
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