To have a nice weekend, you can get on a train and reach Florence in three hours. In fact, in Italy you can board Alta Velocita' (high-velocity) Train Service from Milan, Venice, Turin, or Bologna and arrive at the Renaissance City comfortably within a short time.
Each time one visits, they can find new details or discover different points of view, from which they can enjoy the town in another way.
For example, when I went to San Miniato, a church situated in one of the highest point of Florence, I could only notice - and was mesmerised by - those decorations on the paves. A butterfly, a star and the Florence's fleur-de-lis coat of arms were popping out from coloured small stones.
Moreover, I would like to share this picture I took, in order to summarize all the artistic splendour Florence holds in its core.
That is the sacred depictions of the cupola of the Cathedral, frescoed by the famous Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, which, in my opinion, is the emblem of every art historian, professional, or people passionate about the subject. The golden hues give a sense of unique purity and spirituality on the whirling way towards the sky.
Outside, the magnificent Giotto's bell tower awaits people while showing off its whole beauty in a sunny winter day.
Even by night the Cathedral, with its buildings compound, gives the visitor a deep emotion, that the iced marble avidly captures under a faint moon as its witness.