Florence, gateway to a glorious past,
where creative forces carved and cast
an endowment which will ever last.
Florence of glowing Duomo dome,
galleries, palaces, piazzas crowned
with glories past to ever last through
ages gone but still renowned.
Divided like ripe fruit by flowing Arno,
where ancient Ponte Vecchio is bound
by narrow streets and alleyways,
and architectural caverns are found.
The past is ever present here,
despite what new may come to be.
And through the years shines the light
that first glowed here for all to see.
And now, through minds that loved
beyond the scope of will and skill,
the marvels of this age are here
to be appreciated still.