Why Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Chose Florence and Forte di Belvedere

Kimye have money, sex appeal and a grand sense of doing high profile, extravagant stuff…so of course they chose Florence to celebrate their marriage. But why did they select Forte di Belvedere?

Because it’s hip, unique, delivers the most memorable views of the city and is largely unvisited by the tourist hordes who invade the centro of Florence. Belvedere says it all: beautiful views.

The 16th century Forte di Belvedere is a hidden gem

The 16th century Forte di Belvedere is a hidden gem

It’s a strangely hidden gem, visible from many vantage points along the centro side of the Arno. Yet few tourists experience the Forte, even though it offers more intimate, more revealing, more exciting vistas of the city and the Boboli Gardens than the motorcoach-surrounded, trinket stand-ridden Piazzale Michelangelo.

The Oltrarno is a brand extension of Florence

The Forte is in the Oltrarno, the “other side of the Arno” across from the centro. In many ways it symbolizes the hidden-in-plain-sight charms of the Oltrarno that are often missed by travelers to Florence.

Of course, time constraints can limit visitors to the hallowed, must-see, cultural-worthy assets of the centro. That’s understandable. But some of the richest experiences, like the unsurpassed vistas from Forte Belvedere, are just across the river.

Here is a quick look at a full day in the Oltrarno from a piece I just wrote about experiential travel for www.goitaly.about.com.

Kim and Kanye discovered the Oltrarno, so can you.

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