Italy: Photo Blog (pt.2 – Florence)

Florence Cover Photo

The second city I visited in Italy was Florence (aka: Firenze).  Florence is a region of Tuscany, a region of great history, wine, and leather!

Arno River

Arno River

Pitti Palace

Pitti Palace

Homemade pasta! mmm

Homemade pasta!  mmm

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio entrance with replica of Michelangelo's David and Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus

Palazzo Vecchio entrance with replica of Michelangelo’s David and Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus

Loggia dei Lanzi (Open-Air Museum)

Loggia dei Lanzi (Open-Air Museum)

I couldn’t believe there was an “open-air museum” that had so many original sculptures, hundreds of years old, exposed to the elements and without security barriers surrounding them.  It was an awesome sight.

Enjoying some gelato

Enjoying some gelato

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San Lorenzo Market

San Lorenzo Market

Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce

The number of historical and influential Italians buried/honored in the Basilica di Santa Croce is astounding!  There’s Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli to name a few…

The Arno River & the Ponte Vecchio (bridge)

The Arno River & the Ponte Vecchio (bridge)

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (aka: Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower)

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (aka: Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower)

The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen.  The colorful marble, bell tower, gigantic dome, geometric patterns, and overall massiveness made me gasp at first sight.  None of my pictures could ever do it justice (or fit all of it in one frame).

View of Piazza del Duomo & Baptistry from bell tower

View of Piazza del Duomo & Baptistery from bell tower

Top observation deck of Giotto’s Campanile

Top observation deck of Giotto’s Campanile

View of Florence from atop Giotto's Campanile

View of Florence from atop Giotto’s Campanile

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If you would also like to see my pictures from Venice, you can click here!

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