Italy - Florence



Once the home of the wealthy Medici family, Florence contains many jewels of Renaissance art and architecture. In addition to Brunelleschi's magnificent Duomo, you can see Michelangelo's David and the works of the best Renaissance artists in the Uffizi G allery. Dozens of churches to explore, the best gelato in Italy and the general atmosphere brought me back to visit Florence several times during my stay in Italy.

The Duomo

The Duomo, or Cathedral was begun in 1299 but not finished until the 15th century. The massive dome, designed by Brunelleschi, was the tallest in Italy when it was built. It's a beautiful building and you can even climb to the dome to see how it was designed. At night, buskers from around the world entertain crowds of tourists and locals.

Ponte Vecchio

Another symbol of Florence. This bridge connects the Uffizi Museum to the far side of the River Arno. Now it houses expensive jewellry shops and cheap souvenir stands but retains the look of centuries past.

The River Arno

Another view of the river, at sunset. Most of Florence's famous sights are on the North side of the river, but take a trip to the south and tour the residential streets of the city. The Palazzo Pitti has an especially lovely Italian style garden that provides a welcome contrast to frescos, cathedrals and art.

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