Florence (or Firenza, it’s Italian name) is a city that is wall to wall tourists and in the heat of the summer, 39 Celsius in the shade today, it can get to be a bit much.
Okay now that I got that out of the way (I think I got a bit of heat stroke today) let me start again….
Florence is a city rich in history, art and beauty and regardless of the tourists and the heat of July it’s beauty is unparalleled. Whether your walking through the narrow streets lined with palazzos, museums or small row houses or crossing the Arno river via the Ponte Vecchio it’s a city that will leave you awestruck. Actually had it not been for my husband Alan I think I came close to being run over by a vespa more then once as I was paying more attention to the sights around me instead of focusing on crossing the roads.
This first shot is of the Duomo which is Florence’s masterpiece and took almost 3 centuries to complete. I’ll be posting some other shots of the Duomo once I get home but I didn’t think a post focusing on Florence would be complete without a shot of it.
This is the Ponte Vecchio the old covered bridge that crosses the Arno. Today it’s filled with jewelry stores but looking at it from the outside gives you a bit of a glimpse of how Florentines used to live.
It is actually Firenze, not Firenza. Whatever the name is it a gorgeous place.
July 13, 2011 at 5:25 am
Thank you Bagni. That was my oops.
July 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Great shots Edith. I agree that you can’t pass on a photo on the Doumo. I was there in October (when the heat had subsided) and just loved it. You bring back memories of why Italy is my favorite country to visit.
July 13, 2011 at 7:24 am
Thanks Len. I do love Italy. It’s quite amazing.
July 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Wow, I can’t imagine a building taking nearly 300 years to build (though it almost felt like it when my family was building a house…) Nice angle of the Duomo Edith 🙂 Have fun!
July 13, 2011 at 10:31 am
Thanks Eden. It really is a marvel to look at.
July 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Great shots! Thanks for teh back side view of the bridge. Those perspectives are so much different than what is susually shown, but still so much of what a city is. It gives a better perspective of the life of the city, I think. 🙂
July 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Thanks so much for your comments Ted I really appreciate it.
July 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm
Great job Edith!
July 14, 2011 at 1:09 am
More outstanding shots! I really need to visit my home country!
July 21, 2011 at 7:30 am
Thanks again Dave. I just love Italy…the country is incredible and the people are amazing.
July 21, 2011 at 9:46 am
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