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Italy 2015 Parte Quattro - Florence

Updated: Jun 8, 2019

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Often recognised as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence needs no introduction to all art and architecture lovers. Not surprisingly, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts millions of visitors each year and once ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt. You name it, they have it. From the finest in Renaissance art to the most imposing Gothic architecture of the Florence Cathedral, there is no reason why you should skip this magnificent city in any Italian holiday.


Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
The iconic Florence Cathedral (Duomo di Firenze) revealing itself along the beautiful Florentine streets.

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
The Giotto’s Campanile. The free-standing campanile (bell tower) is one of the showpieces of Florentine Gothic architecture.

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
Horse carriage rides are available around the cathedral complex for a fee.

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers), commonly called the Florence Cathedral or Duomo di Firenze. Completed in 1436.

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
The exterior of the cathedral is cladded with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink, bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th century Gothic Revival façade.

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
Shops along the perimeter of the Duomo in the evening.

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
Beer, Food and Music... Several restaurants and bars surround the Duomo and offer a fantastic view of the cathedral.

Florence Cathedral Duomo di Firenze
Having my litre of beer while admiring the beautiful architecture with Italian music playing in the background.

Interior of the 45m wide dome with painting of The Last Judgement, a 3,600m² of ceiling fresco which started in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari and completed in 1579 by Federico Zuccari.

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Street parade in Florence.

Florence
Classic Fiat 500 on the streets of Florence.

Duomo di Firenze
The impressive and majestic dome of the Duomo di Firenze dwarfing everything around. Quite impossible to miss along the streets.

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The finest in luxury Italian goods.

Duomo di Firenze
Duomo di Firenze in the morning.

Uffizi Gallery
No visit to Florence would be complete without experiencing the vast collection of Uffizi Gallery which houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance.

Uffizi Gallery
'The Birth of Venus' by Sandro Botticelli, perhaps Uffizi’s most famous work. Those who had been using Adobe Illustrator for years will find the lady in the middle familiar.

Uffizi Gallery
There's always a crowd surrounding Venus.

Uffizi Gallery
The 'Annunciation' is one of about 16 paintings in Uffizi from perhaps the world’s most famous artist of all time - Leonardo da Vinci.

Ponte Vecchio
A bird's eye view of Ponte Vecchio from the windows of Uffizi corridor.

Uffizi Gallery
Michelangelo's depiction of the 'Doni Tondo' (Italian for ‘holy family’).

Uffizi Gallery
The monumental 'Laocoon Group', also called 'Laocoon and His Sons', by Baccio Bandinelli.

Uffizi Gallery
The best and most famous of Titian’s nudes, the 'Venus of Urbino'.

Ponte Vecchio
A panoramic view of the Arno River from Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio
Close-up on the beautiful hues and details of Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio
Charming shops along Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio
The shopping street on Ponte Vecchio.

Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze
Another must-visit gallery in Florence - The Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze (Gallery of the Academy of Florence). Be prepared for a long queue. Get your tickets on-line before visiting.

Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze
Well, the reason for the long queue - Michelangelo's sculpture 'David'. Probably one of the world's most recognisable statue.

Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze
The Galleria dell'Accademia has housed the original 'David' by Michelangelo since 1873. Yes, there is a replica outside the Palazzo Vecchio.

Statue of David
Getting a closer look at Mr. David.

Statue of David
It's a huge marble statue that stands 5.17m tall.

Duomo di Firenze
The Giotto’s Campanile of the Duomo di Firenze seen from the streets.

Santa Maria Novella
The Santa Maria Novella, the first great basilica in Florence, consecrated in 1420.

Prada outlet Florence
Should you feel an overdose of history, art, piazzas and archittetura, there is always Prada to balance your Firenze experience. Take a train to Montevarchi and (try to) take a cab to the Prada Space outlet. It seemed no taxi exists in this town. Fortunately, a kind Italian gentleman took us in his car and gave us a lift.

Prada outlet Florence
If you are lucky to get to the Prada outlet by whichever means, any means is worth it.

Speeding off from the beautiful Renaissance city and heading towards the Italian capital on the Frecciarossa.

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