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A Day in Florence

A Day in Florence

the duomo

Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. Some of its famous residents have included Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, Machiavelli and Gallileo. Many were sponsored by the powerful Medici family who were great patrons and collectors of art and who amassed the largest collection of Renaissance art in the world. Florence is full of centuries of history, art and beauty and is a feast for the senses.

I’ve been to Florence twice, but the chance to visit without crowds of people was too good an opportunity to pass up. Read on for what I got up to on my most recent day in Florence.

my day in florence 2020 - view from my window

The Duomo

Florence’s cathedral and the jewel of the city. Almost every street I walked sown had a view of the cathedral. The best view of the cathedral was from the bedroom window of my hotel. The other advantage of travelling in times of few tourists is how cheap prices have become. My beautiful hotel with a view of the cathedral was €45.

view of the duomo from my window

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view of duomo from my hotel

view of duomo from a florence street

The disadvantage was that neither the cathedral nor the campanile were open. It is normally possible to climb Giotto’s bell tower for magnificent views over Florence’s terracotta roofs and the River Arno. It is also normally possible to climb inside Brunelleschi’s dome, which always reminds me of a Dan Brown novel.

a day in florence - the cathedral

The Academia

This was my first stop and what a treat to be able to stand, admire and appreciate Michelangelo’s statue of David in complete peace and silence. The Academia also has a statue gallery with other statues by Michaelangelo.

Michelangelo's Statue of David

statue of david close up

statue of david - low view

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The Uffizi

The Uffizi without queues and a chance to stroll and wander and not be carried along with the crowd. Even though I studied Renaissance Art, I still don’t have the appreciation for it that I should. However, I will always remember the 1st time I saw Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ and it still had an affect on me. There are also lovely views of the Ponte Vecchio from the upstairs floors of the Uffizi.

the birth of venus

paintings in the uffizi

centaur in the uffizi

medusa in the uffizi

statue in the uffizi

ponte vecchio from the uffizi

The Ponte Vecchio

It was here I headed next. It was sad to see that quite a few of the shops that line each side of the bridge were not yet open, hopefully a temporary situation. I still wear a silver ring I bought from one of these shops on my last visit to Florence several years ago.

me at the ponte vecchio

Piazza Della Della Signoria

This is my favourite square in Florence with its huge clock tour and statues of Hercules and David, as well as the magnificent fountain of Neptune. The Palazzo Vecchio over looks the square. This fortified palace dates back to the 13th century. It was also the scene of the Bonfire of the Vanities, instigated by Savonarola who was then himself burned at the stake here during the Inquisition.

fountain of neptune

inside palazzo vecchio

palazzo vecchio

view from palazzo vecchio

view - palazzo vecchio

To the left of the palace is the Loggia dei Lanzi, the open air sculpture gallery which contains my favourite sculpture of Perseus holding the head of Medusa.

statue of perseus holding medusa's head

Basilica of Santa Croce

This was my last stop. It was a little bit of a pilgrimage for a friend, one of several who accompanied me on my last trip to Florence. She had discovered she had cancer but didn’t tell any of us. She wanted to pray in the Santa Croce. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us. It is also the burial place for Michaelangelo, Rossini, Gallileo and Machiavelli.

santa croce

Food in Florence

This evening I had a wander around the narrow streets and found a funky little restaurant with very good food and wine and a walk full of art. Here I had dinner with a woman from Moldova who was brought up in Romania and is now a lawyer in Holland. You meet some very interesting people travelling.

wine and art

a day in florence - restaurant with art

Other things to see

The Boboli Gardens

This is one of my favourite spots in Florence, so beautiful and relaxing with beautiful views.

view from boboli gardens

view - boboli gardens

I came across this on NY travels. I have no idea what it is but I loved it.

wooden wolves

wooden wolves - behind

Summary for my day in Florence

Florence is one of my favourite cities. It’s small enough to be able to walk around and see all the sights in one day. It is a city steeped in history and art and is very beautiful. It’s also a good base to explore other Tuscan towns such as Sienna, Chianti and San Gimignano.

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The Hotel I Stayed At

I stayed at Il Terrazzino sulla Cathedrale
info@ilterrazzinosullacattedrale.it

cheers to florence
Cheers to my day in Florence!

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