it isn't Europe's cultural capital officially, Florence should be.
The Renaissance and modern age that spread through most of Europe
in the 15th century had its birth in Tuscany. The people of Florence
developed civilization, democracy, art, literature, science and architecture
while the rest of the Europe was in still in the dark. And, that rich
cultural heritage is visible everywhere. The Renaissance was inspired
by the ideals of Classical Greece and Rome. With the support of wealthy
patrons, artists created works inspired by mythology. Landscapes,
portraits, everyday life, and nudes were back with a bang. Renaissance
artists studied human anatomy to portray the body as accurately as
Florence is a mecca for tourists. And, it is wise to book tickets
in advance to avoid long lines. However, I was extremely lucky on
my off season visit. There weren't long lines. There weren't huge
crowds. But, I saw little under the Tuscan sun. It rained almost every
day. There was a reason they called it "off season".