Clip: Florence, Italy: Renaissance Art and Architecture

Florence’s contributions to Western culture are immense: the whole revival of the arts, humanism, and science; the seeds of democracy; the modern Italian language (which grew out of the popular Florentine dialect); the art of Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo; the writings of Machiavelli, Boccaccio, and Dante; and the explorations of Amerigo Vespucci, who gave his name to a fledgling continent. To capture the energy of Renaissance Florence, there’s nothing like traveling there today. In this video clip, Rick tempts you with some serious Renaissance eye candy. (2½ min)

Watch the entire show online: Florence, Heart of the Renaissance

Dive into the Florentine Renaissance: You can experience all this for yourself (with goose bumps, without museum lines) on five of our Top 10 tours for 2014: Best of Europe in 21 Days tour; Best of Europe in 14 Days tour; Heart of Italy in 9 Days tour; Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days tour; Best of Italy in 17 Days tour