Hello there! Today i’ll show you a collection of my shots taken in Florence during the years: I’m in love with Florence, so characteristic and full of historical monuments. And of course, a healthy and tasty cooking!
It’s quite easy to visit Florence in a couple of days, if you’re never been there.Main monuments and churches are concentrated in the city center, and of course you can always take as landmark the river Arno, wich divide Florence into two parts.
One of my favourite church ever is Santa Maria Novella, the cathedral of Florence (1296-1436): a huge monument ver well known because of the Brunelleschi Dome, and the Giotto Bell Tower. In front of the church we can see the “Battistero of San Giovanni”, covered with white and green Marble like the cathedral.
Following the main streets (called “Corso”) you’ll enter in the hearth of the city: Piazza della Signoria and the “Galleria degli Uffizi” will make you astonished and bring you back in time in the medieval era.
If you follow walking outside the Galleria Degli Uffizi you reach the Arno River and you’ll see the famous “Ponte Vecchio”, where you will find many shops of fine italian gold jewelry. The shops are called “botteghe” and are tiny wooden houses in which there are goldsmith studios. On this bridge you have a wonderful panorama of the buildings all around; on the other side of the River, there are many tiny restaurant with verandas on the river, very romantic…
At the end of “Ponte Vecchio”, you can follow the signs for “Palazzo Pitti”, one of the biggest residence of the Medici Family. If you have time, take a visit of the “Boboli Garden”, and inside the palace there are always art exhibitions.
PLACES THAT I LOVE IN FLORENCE
DANTE ALIGHIERI’S HOUSE (http://www.museocasadidante.it/?site_lang=it)
SAN LORENZO’S MARKET
Returning to the train station, you’ll enjoy the leather market in San Lorenzo, near the Church of San Lorenzo, with the “Princes Dome”. If you stay for lunch, i suggest a “focacceria”, tiny bars in which you can try sandwiches and flat bread with tuscan typical products, served hot. Delicious!
SANTA CROCE SQUARE
This is one of the most lovely corner in the city. This is a meeting point for people, which can watch sometimes some street artists. During summer nights take place musical shows.
Next time we’ll talk about the cooking in Florence, i promise! Cris