Florence in pictures

Even in November, when the rains come and the sun rarely shines, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited.  The old quarter is a UNESCO world heritage site and there is just one thing after another to see.

One of the most beautiful sights in Florence is the Cathedral.  Yep, you read that correctly.  The cathedral.  Although it is being repaired (I guess anything built between the 13th and 15th centuries is likely almost always in need of repair), so good luck getting a photo without scaffolding in it somewhere….And, we can’t tell you what it looks like inside because, at this point, we are pretty much churched out….

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Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Another view of the cathedral with Giotto’s bell tower.

There are plenty of other beautiful churches in Florence too.

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Basilica of Santa Croce.

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Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

Of course, no visit to Florence is complete without a trip to the Ponte Vecchio.  Built in 1345 (at least in its current form), it was the only bridge across the Arno in Florence that the Nazi’s didn’t destroy in WWII.  Initially, butchers occupied the shops on the bridge, but in 1593 Ferdinand I outlawed butcher shops on the bridges and decreed that only jewelers and goldsmiths could set up shops on the bridge.  One story is that the Medici’s were fed up with the stench of the butchers on the bridge and wanted them gone, but I don’t know if that is true or not.

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The Ponte Vecchio on a cloudy day.

The views along the river are stunning when the sun shines.

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The Arno and Florence.

And, when the heavy rains come, the river is a monster — pretty sure the water here is several feet higher than in the previous photo.  In fact, we read that the while we were visiting Florence, the Arno reached the highest level it has reached in the last 27 years.  The river was loud and fast and scary and dangerous.

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The Arno after a heavier than usual rain.

And, one of the best parts of Florence is the fact that there is art everywhere.  Piazza della Signoria is absolutely filled with sculpture and it is completely free to visit.

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Venus in Piazza Vecchia.

Buildings are covered in artwork.

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I’m sure this building is famous for some reason, because there were always tour groups standing around it.  I’m pretty sure it is the Chiesa di San Filippo Neri.

And, if you are looking for a courtyard to dodge a rain shower, you never know what you might find.

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Random statute down a random corridor that just happened to be an old Medici home (I think).

Bottom line, Florence left us stunned with its beauty.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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2 Responses to Florence in pictures

  1. BBQboy says:

    Nice post, we were in Florence way back in 2008. Like to go back one day. Don’t worry about missing the inside of the Duomo it’s (surprisingly) not that impressive considering just how impressive it is from the outside.

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