Wednesday, 23 November 2011


The Duomo (The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) – one of the most magnificent architectural creations I have seen. The church exterior is decorated with the white, green and pink marble in very original Florentine style that can’t be found anywhere else, as far as I know. The Duomo had been built in 1296-1436.
The building is enormous. It occupies many blokes of the city and rises over all of the buildings as Gulliver surrounded by lilliputs. 4 million bricks were used in the construction.
Find people on the next pictures to get the scale of the place.

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I had to climb this tower during the day time

Piazzale Michelangelo is where he, Michelangelo, was enjoying the view over the city and getting inspired.

Ponte Vecchio is the most visited by tourists day and night. It is the oldest bridge in Florence and this where its name comes from, although the original one was lost many centuries ago.
On both sides of the bridge are located small boutiques and restaurants. It is a multilevel building across a river. To be honest, it doesn't look anything like a 1000 years old bridge.  
The Vecchio bridge is so overcrowded that I didn’t dare crossing it during the day time as it was difficult to photograph. At night the atmosphere there is more pleasant.

The other bridges are also very popular places for visitors where people come to relax, read a book, just sit and think.

Florentines take care of their windows flowers. Lucky them, don't have front and back-yards to spent weekends trimming the grass and battling with weeds.
The streets can get narrow. You have to consider that before buying a car of your preference.

Basilica of San Lorenzo (Central Market)

Market place is famous for leather products.

Santa Croce. Again, look at the size of the people in front of the church to get the scale of it.
Drinking in public places seems to be perfectly fine and nobody goes out of control. This is something we don't get in North America.

Piazza della Santissima Annunziata

Fiesole on top of the mountain opposite of the Piazzale Michelangelo. This is a small town with ancient roman settlements interesting for archaeologists.


Piazza della Repubblica

Santa Maria Novella near the central train station

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