Florence

Below are a few photos from our recent trip to Florence

Florence is steeped in history, wonderful architecture and art.

Florence is a beautiful city, it’s the birthplace of the Renaissance and the capital of Tuscany. The beautiful narrow cobbled streets are a joy to walk along with plenty of places to stop and eat while people watching.

There are three Michelangelo’s David’s situated around the city, one is in the Piazza della Signoria which was the original position of this status, another is at the Piazzale Michelangelo but the real ‘David’ is now in the Galleria dell’Accademia.

There’s a small museum which is situated just around the corner from the Uffizi along the bank of the Arno which is dedicated to Galileo. It’s a great place to visit with some interesting artifacts.

 

One of it’s most iconic places to visit is the Cathedral (Duomo), its terracotta-tiled dome was engineered by Brunelleschi and the beautiful free standing campanile (bell tower) next to it was designed by Giotto.

Climbing the Duomo or the bell tower is not for the faint-hearted. The Duomo has 463 steps and the bell tower has 414 steps. Both are quite narrow and in some places difficult to climb.

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence is a great place to visit. It is the resting place of many famous Italians including Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini. The piazza infront of Santa Croce is a great place to take a rest and watch the world go by.

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums in the world. It has many beautiful works of art including Botticelli’s – The birth of Venus. It also has works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello to name but a few.

Pitti Palace which was once owned by the Medici family and is now the largest museum in Florence. There’s works by Raphael, Titian and Rubens. The beautiful Boboli Gardens are situated on the hill behind the Pitti Palace and are a great place to take time out from the busy city.

Places to visit

Florence Cathedral – Duomo

Giotto’s bell tower

Uffizi Gallery

Highlights we experienced

Climbing the inside of the Duomo dome.

Climbing the bell tower

Galileo’s Museum

Pritti Palace

Be mindful of…

It can get hot in Florence and climbing the Duomo or the bell tower can be hard work, make sure you have a cold drink with you.

There can be long queue’s to the main places to visit so make sure you plan your days.

Florence

All images of Florence are copyright of PBKphotos 2015

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