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Florence

N 4346.086', E 1115.195'
2012-06-08
http://www.visitflorence.com
Our rating: 8.80
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Florence is one of the major tourist cities in Italy. It is often combined with a visit to Rome, as Florence is easy to reach by train from the capital.

Our plan was to visit the two main places in the city - the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset - and also walk in the old city.

The most interesting attraction of Florence is the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, built in 1345. Although now there are no butcher shops here, it managed to keep the original appearance. The souvenir sellers replaced the butchers. Because of yellow colors the bridge looks better in the evening.

Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio Yuriy Buriak

It's a good idea to view the city and the bridges from the Michelangelo Square. You can come there by bus #12 or #13 from the city center. On this map you can see the location of the area and how to get there. A taxi from the Ponte Vecchio will cost about 12 euros.

Views of the Ponte Vecchio from the Michelangelo Square
Views of the Ponte Vecchio from the Michelangelo Square Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture of David on the Michelangelo Square
Sculpture of David on the Michelangelo Square Yuriy Buriak

You can make romantic pictures :)

Yuriy Buriak

The old city has many treasures and a large number of tourists. The main place of interest is the Uffizi Gallery, one of the major collections of paintings and sculptures in Italy. We didn't plan to visit it, but if you decide to visit it, then better buy a ticket in advance here.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is one of the biggest in the city. Here is a church with the same name built by Dominican monks in the XIII century.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella Yuriy Buriak

At those times more than 100,000 people lived in Florence, which was quite a lot. The city developed rapidly, and the mainstay of the economy was wool trade. Wool traders sponsored the construction of the main cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore. At that time it used to be the largest cathedral in the world.

Santa Maria del Fiore
Santa Maria del Fiore Yuriy Buriak


Santa Maria del Fiore. Giotto's Bell Tower
Santa Maria del Fiore. Giotto's Bell Tower Yuriy Buriak


Santa Maria del Fiore
Santa Maria del Fiore Yuriy Buriak

Nearby is the San Lorenzo Cathedral, founded in the IV century. Inside you can see works by Donatello and Michelangelo. By the way, fans of the Ninja Turtles will be interested to know that Leonardo and Raphael also played a role in the history of Florence.

Basilica of San Lorenzo
Basilica of San Lorenzo Yuriy Buriak

On the Piazza della Signoria you can see the Old Palace, the seat of power of the Florentine Republic where the most important decisions were taken. Now here is the registry office and City Hall. The square is also interesting due to large number of interesting sculptures.

Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio Yuriy Buriak


Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures on the Piazza della Signoria
Sculptures on the Piazza della Signoria Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures on the Piazza della Signoria
Sculptures on the Piazza della Signoria Yuriy Buriak


Copy of David by Michelangelo
Copy of David by Michelangelo Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures on the Piazza della Signoria
Sculptures on the Piazza della Signoria Yuriy Buriak

More photos of the old city

Holy Trinity Bridge (Ponte Santa Trinita)
Holy Trinity Bridge (Ponte Santa Trinita) Yuriy Buriak


Bas reliefs in Florence
Bas reliefs in Florence Yuriy Buriak


Some event in the middle of the square
Some event in the middle of the square Nastya Mironets


Amazing butcher shops in Italy
Amazing butcher shops in Italy Yuriy Buriak


Someone drew me :)
Someone drew me :) Yuriy Buriak


Florence
Florence Yuriy Buriak


Streets in the old city of Florence
Streets in the old city of Florence Yuriy Buriak


We stopped to learn the score in the opening match of Euro 2012.
We stopped to learn the score in the opening match of Euro 2012. Yuriy Buriak


Florence
Florence Yuriy Buriak


Unusual courtyard in Florence
Unusual courtyard in Florence Yuriy Buriak

Guide to Florence
Large map of Florence

Getting there: The main airport is in Pisa, from there 80 minutes by train to Florence. The city itself also has an airport, but a small one. Train is the best way to get to Florence. You can get there from anywhere, the easiest way is from Rome, Milan, and Bologna. Also the high-speed line "Naples - Turin" runs through the city. Website of bus lines in Florence. Route map is here.


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