Below are a few photos from our recent trip to Florence
Florence is steeped in history, wonderful architecture and art.
The beautiful city of Florence is 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 passing the day 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 and there is another at the Piazzale Michelangelo but the real ‘David’ is now in the Galleria dell’Accademia.
Just around the corner from the Uffizi along the bank of the Arno is a small museum dedicated to Galileo which is a great place to visit with some interesting artefacts.
One of the most iconic places to visit in Florence is the stunning cathedral or Duomo which was named after Santa Maria del Fiore. It’s the 4th largest catherdral in the world.
It’s impressive terracotta-tiled dome roof was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. It’s exterior is covered in a mixture of pink, green and white marble.The interior of the catherdral is quite stark apart from the large dome ceiling fresco which was designed by Giorgio Vasari and depicts ‘The Last Judgement’.
Alongside the catherdral is the beautiful freestanding campanile or bell tower which was designed by Giotto.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums in the world with its 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 just a few.
Highlights we experienced
Climbing the inside of the Duomo dome.
Climbing the bell tower
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.