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)