The famous proverb at that time was: “A man was born for his God and for his city – one who hurts his city – hurts God”. The bell tower was a symbol of strength for the city. In Campanile they hang a large town-bell, that had gathered all citizens for meetings at the Town Square, and alarmed them on emergency situations. The French king Charles the 18th threatened Florence by saying: “While attacking – trumpets will sound”. Then, in Florence it was said: “While sounds of trumpets will be heard – ring the bell”.
This was the base on which Campanilism was developed – a strong binding between the citizen and his hometown, the pride and devotion that had come into expression especially in Florence.
As a tourist – visitor, acquaintanceship with Florence creates a feeling that the more you know the place the more there is to know about it. Florence is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Trying to visit the many sites there discovers that there is so much more to visit there. The city, with just a little over half a million citizens, is comfortable for site seeing. Everything is within walking distance – just around the corner. Some say that 70% of artworks in the western world are located in Italy and half of them in Florence. Florence’s Hospitals report every year of about a dozen cases of patients with “The Standal Syndrome”.
This syndrome is called after a famous French writer of the 19th century. This is a typical reaction to the city’s beauty and art treasures. It is characterized by dizziness, total collapse and fatigue. The only treatment is – bed rest. Aisenman Moshe personally testifies: “…It is that with me, tears kept running for an hour, with some more seizures later on…”.
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