When I Think of Florence

When I think of Florence I think  of the soft shades of ochre, the wealth of Renaissance art, the sunlit piazzas, the food(!)  I think of Michelangelo and his David, a symbol of heroic courage.  I think of the Uffizi Gallery and the breathtaking Caravaggio exhibit and the cherished poster I bought knowing it would get crushed in my suitcase, (and it did.)  I think  of how my legs ached because of the fun but killer bike trip we took to Siena that week.  Finally I remember it as being one of the few places where it’s amazing history was so distracting  that I forgot to take many pictures!  Here are some of the few.

The Duomo of Florence took almost 600 years to build and the cupola designed by  Filippo Brunelleschi is considered the greatest architectural achievement in Florence.  So taken with it’s design, Michelangelo used it as inspiration while designing St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

A graceful arched entrance to the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery.  Home to a priceless collection of Renaissance art and other masterpieces, including Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation, the Uffizi is one of the world’s oldest museums. The palazzo that houses the gallery was designed by architect and painter Giorgio Vasari and begun in 1560 for Cosimo I de’Medici, grand duke of Tuscany. Originally built as government offices (uffizi), the building became a venue for the display of art in 1574, when Cosimo’s son Francesco I transformed the top floor into a place “to walk in with paintings, sculptures and other precious things.”*

A view of the Duomo’s cupola from the rooftop terrace of the Uffizi.

The “Hospital of the Innocence”, also known as Spedale degli Innocenti in Italian, was a children’s orphanage designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419. The hospital, facing Santissima Annunziata square with its loggia, is one of the best examples of the Italian Renaissance architecture.

Pretty setting, pretty bridge, pretty sunset.

The lovely River Arno.


The simple Tuscan window is a surprise at the end of this ornate portico on the courtyard of the Basilica di Santa Croce.

A replica of the beloved Michelangelo’s David casts a dramatic shadow  on the facade of the Palazzo Vecchio.

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    • Thank you so much for your nice comment. I know, I love Florence too. It is a problem, so many wonderful places to experience, and I want to return to the same places…..after one visit I feel I’ve only scratched the surface.

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    • Oooh, I can’t wait to see Italy through your eyes. I hope you blog about your experiences, your observations are so insightful. You will be on sensory overload! Now you’ve got me dreaming…..

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  • I can truly relate to your comment about being so distracted by the beauty of a place that you forget to take many pictures—the same has happened to me on more than one occasion. I absolutely love what you did capture—makes me want to head to Florence right now. 🙂

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    • Thanks for your nice comment! I hope you have the chance to go to Florence soon…then I will be able to enjoy your pictures!

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    • Me too, sometimes I catch a glimpse of my own pictures and it sets me back a little bit. Maybe next year….

      Thank you so much for your comment and checking out my blog!
      elisa

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  • hi there, Elisa, Thank you for sharing this I really enjoyed!
    I am new to this, just began a blog on wordpress a few days ago totally travel related. After sending many on journeys around the world it was suggested I blog.
    Good Luck to you and keep sharing your adventures. I too will try and put fun to read bits out there.

    Allyson
    allysonjoyoftravel

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    • Thank you for your nice comment! Good luck with your blog, I look forward to hearing about your travels…

      take care,

      elisa

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  • This post is so beautifully written, so eloquent & flows perfectly! I can feel your passion & love for Florence & the art, culture, architecture, & history – I love reading posts like this where that passion & emotion is so clear, and so genuine! Brilliant post & again – amazing photos! xoxo

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  • Elisa…your photos make me miss Florence! Your photos are spectacular. Mine didn’t turn out as well. I love the gate and how you had to sneak down the entry to get the pic! Your photos of the Arno are just fabulous. Mine are washed out from mid-day sun. Love the sculler in one photo.
    A great idea taking a shadow pic of David! And such detailed information you gave us! I learned a few things I did not know! (or forgot in ten years!! lol) Thanks so much for this stroll down memory lane with your beautiful post.

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    • Judy, thank you for your lovely comment on my Florence post. It was a hard one for me to post because its one of those places that took hold of me and never let go. Sometimes I think my list of “return to” places is longer than my “need to see,” and Florence is at the top of my “return to” list!!

      elisa

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  • An enchanted city, one I have visited and long to return to. I started taking Italian 4 years ago just so I can speak the language when I return. Thank you for the trip down memory lane! Cheers! ~ Hoda

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    • Thank you for the lovely comment. I envy your learning to speak Italian and sticking with it! I’ve been trying to learn French for years… and I emphasize try!

      Have a wonderful day!

      elisa

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    • You are so nice to go through the “archives.” It really means a lot to me!! Florence was like a dream. I have such a long list of places to see, but there’s an equally long list of places to return to ASAP! And Florence is at the top of the list!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      elisa

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