June 06, 2010

Bella Firenze, Italy

After a rainy day driving further north, we moved on to Florence - the capital of the Renaissance - widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

As soon as we got into town we had an appointment with the Uffizi Gallery, Florence's most important collection of art. Unfortunately one cannot take photos there but it is filled with works by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaffio, Michelangelo, Durer and Rembrandt. However we did get this shot of the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge and the next four bridges across the Arno River from one of the terraces up high.

The 14th century Duomo of Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore. Awe inspiring!

Our wonderful hotel, one block from the Vecchio Bridge and the Uffizi on a very quiet side street, has the tallest privately owned tower in Florence. These shots are of the cities rooftops from it, with the Duomo and Uffizi Palace in the background.

Popping your head into the courtyard of the Uffizi Palace is definitely a worthwhile thing to do:

Florence is famous for leather. Every store you past, on the streets or in the markets, is filled with leather goods - purses, coast, belts...

And what is with all these locks?? Check the Cinque Terre posting to understand why one sees them locked onto surfaces everywhere.

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...