Sarasota City Tour
Sarasota is known for its island beaches, architectural monuments and rich cultural life. This twin city of Vladimir begins its history from the 16th century, when the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto dubbed the land of the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico "Zara Soto", or "Soto shine".
Postcard beaches - Sarasota
The territory passed from the Spaniards to the British, then again to the Spaniards, and finally finally settled on the young American state in 1819. Indian reservations were replaced by the European population by 1840.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Florida conducted an administrative redistribution, and in 1921 the young city of Sarasota became a district center. Dealers and land magnates are constantly changing the boundaries of the city, but in 1925, the urbanist John Nolen streamlines cadastral confusion with the help of a new general plan, and the city is developing evenly.
The city bay is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by a chain of islands, which are called here "Keys". The territory of Sarasota includes 6 islands: Sant Armand, Otter, Coon, Bird, Siesta and Lido. All of them are known for turquoise white sand beaches, upscale hotels and restaurants with a varied cuisine of the freshest dishes. The islands are a favorite place for weddings, photos of which can be attractive with postcards.
Each of the islands has its own individuality: Lido is more “chamber” and relaxed, Sant-Armand is known for its “ring”: a circular intersection with a park in the center and shopping arcades with cafes, restaurants, tobacco shops and kiosks of homemade ice cream and chocolate. Bird is decorated with exotic birds and luxurious villas, and the Island of Siesta with art and craft galleries.
Music in stone
The emblem of the city - David works by Michelangelo. This choice reflects the reverent attitude of the city to the arts, among which music and architecture occupy a special place.
Sarasota is known for her symphony orchestra, opera and ballet, the repertoire of the Asolo Theater and the Florida Studio Theater, as well as numerous theater companies. Acting is held in high esteem and is taught at the Department of the University of Florida and the Aloso Conservatory. The theater stages complement film, street painting and contemporary art festivals.
In the architecture of the Sarasota buildings, two different styles coexist: the Venetian Renaissance and modern structuralism. The fashion for exquisite Venetian-style facades began with the construction of the Villa Kazdan, the winter residence of the famous businessman John Ringling. Today, the villa hosts themed exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances and club meetings.
In the second half of the twentieth century, the architects of Sarasota develop a special style: the adaptation of constructivism to a humid tropical climate. This symbiosis creates elegant and eye-catching ensembles, in which the boundaries between the interior and the outside are blurred. In 1966, architects - innovators create their school successfully combine private practice with government orders.
Outdoors and in the city of Sarasota
Hot mineral springs attract lovers of spa and healing mineral waters. You can enjoy wildlife in the parks of Crowley, Miacca, Urfer and Bayon, admire the tropical flowers in the botanical garden of Marie Selby, and go sailing and kayaking in the Vamo park. Mote Aquarium and Research Center offers visitors informative lectures and on-site introductory speedboat tours.
In the city, life is in full swing. Palm Avenue - the focus of art galleries, antique and souvenir shops. Main Street is a playground for numerous art festivals, also known for its farming products market.
For those who want to start doing their own hands, in Sarasota there are many courses: Glass School, Cove Studio, Renaissance School, dance lovers will be able to take classes in the studios of Empire Ballrum and Sarah Dens, and American Butler will give you the best program for the rest of the variety this city.
|Duration of the tour||12-14 hours|
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