Saturday, 9 January 2016

Travel Inspiration - Florence, Italy

     Florence - known as Firenze in Italian - may not be the most famous or popular of Italy's cities, in a country that boasts Rome and Venice, but it's certainly still one of the most beautiful. Europe is bursting with incredible architecture, and Florence is home to some of the best, with pretty and intricately decorated buildings around every corner. It's not a very big city, and the two night I spent here seemed to be ample time to see the main sights around its central area. Some people may bemoan the lack of things to do here, certainly compared to the likes of Rome, but it would be a very pleasant place to spend a few days relaxing and doing not very much. (Sidenote: I wish I could go back around many places in Europe with my new, much better camera than the one I had at the time!)

Ponte Vecchio (bridge) crossing the River Arno in Florence, Italy

View of the River Arno from the Ponte Vecchio (bridge) in Florence, Italy

The Ponte Vecchio is a picture perfect spot by the river, with market stalls and leather shops spanning the bridge over the River Arno.

Basilica of Santa Croce at dusk in Florence, Italy

Neptune, god of the sea, statue in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy

Exterior of the Uffizi art gallery in Florence, Italy

Carousel in the Piazza della Repubblica of Florence, Italy

Florence is full of beautiful, classical European architecture, such as that found around the Piazza della Repubblica, and home to many statues in the Piazza della Signoria.

European architecture archway in the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, Italy

3D metal map of Florence, Italy, in the Piazza della Repubblica

The Piazza della Repubblica of Florence, Italy

Details on the exterior of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in the Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy

The Duomo Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the heart of Florence, and its most famous sight. The detail on its exterior is stunningly intricate, and the huge red dome dominates Florence's skyline.

The bell tower, Campanile di Giotto, in Florence, Italy

Exterior of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in the Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy

The skyline of Florence, Italy, at sunset

The Piazza del Duomo at Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Ok, so the last two shots aren't strictly Florence, but on the drive there we stopped off at Pisa to see that iconic Leaning Tower, and it's not that far from Florence to do the same!

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