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While on a tour of Italy, it is no secret that the list of things to do is extensive. However, one thing you may want to make the time for is the street painters in Florence. As you walk the streets, you may come across a few individuals who are painting exquisite pieces of art, including replicas of famous paintings or sights, right on the streets themselves. What's more, the story of these individuals, called Madonnaros, is quite interesting.
In Florence, there are about 30 street artists who are on a rotation. In order to begin, they have to get a license from the city to use a specific space. Then they go to work, usually about two of them, creating a beautiful replica of a famous painting. They show off their skills while receiving a few tips for their work.
Even though these individuals create such beautiful paintings each day, they have to be done before the sunsets. Once that happens, the street cleaners come through and get rid of the beautiful paintings they created that day. Then the next day, the cycle happens again.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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