Before I continue with today’s post, I just want to thank those who left comments on the previous posts.. so glad to be able to share our trip with you and that you have been enjoying these recounts. 🙂 So.. our next stop was…
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture.
We arrived at Florence by train and our first was to find our hotel, but it wasn’t as easy as we thought.. just look at this… 🙂
It was a tight network of roads and small streets around the city centre and our hotel was located on one of these obscure streets. Took us more than half and hour to find it even though we had a map in hand! After we had FINALLY settled our bags, we were out on the streets again.
The best-known site and crowning architectural jewel of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore known as The Duomo. The dome, 600 years after its completion, is still the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.
Also in the heart of the city is the Piazza della Signoria which is an L-shaped square.
Here are some of the eye-catching statues in the Piazza…
Bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo I (1594)
Hercules and Cacus (1533)
Fountain of Neptune (1575)
There is also a replica of Michelangelo’s David (which I did not manage to capture). 😦
And a bit of interesting history about this square… In 1497 Girolamo Savonarola and his followers carried out on this square the famous Bonfire of the Vanities, burning in a large pile books, gaming tables, fine dresses, and works of poets. In front of the fountain of Neptune, this round marble plaque marks the exact spot where Girolamo Savonarola was hanged and burned on May 23, 1498. 🙂
The Arno River which cuts through the old part of the city, is as much a character in Florentine history as many of the men who lived there. Historically, the locals have had a love-hate relationship with the Arno — which alternated from nourishing the city with commerce, and destroying it by flood.
One of the bridges in particular stands out as being unique — The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), whose most striking feature is the multitude of shops built upon its edges, held up by stilts. I think I have never seen so many jewelery shops at one place before. The whole bridge was lined with them.
Here are some pics we took on the bridge…
And so that concludes our visit to Florence, before I end this post, just want to share my 2 favourite photos taken in Florence. Nope, it wasn’t of any landmark but of Miss H of course! As a sidenote, I do wish E would be as enthusiastic about posing for mummy as his sister. 🙂