Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Florence - A Day In Florence (Italy)


Bidding bye-bye to Rome was rather sentimental. Indeed. Honest to goodness. I actually felt as if my heart had cracked fallen apart because Rome has already been marked as the best moment, among the rest in my life. City of Rome! What do you expect? Trilling trailing ancient Roman history and all that packaged as one big spiralling high up hot air travelling balloon. I love history to its core by the way, wish we could have extended our stay, then again, it can't be Rome only when we have come this far to Italy? Nope. Logically, sure, we got to move on to our next destination. Therefore, albeit feeling rather down, the other side of me was rejoicing, sensing that Florence is gonna be splendour too. Hopefully!  Departing from Rome the previous day itself, morning in Florence was broken enthusiastically in Piazzale Michelangelo. 

A square dedicated to renowned Michelangelo, obviously, and designed by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi in 1869. Sprawling to countless moons back then many-many years, literally, Piazzale Michelangelo atop a hill above Oltrarno neighbourhood and across the famed Duomo is where you must stretch your sight to the wondrous panoramic view of Florence city and Arno Valley. Tuscan country side charm, including Tuscan Villas and further towards the rambling city wall of Porta Romana. Magnificent. What a start for the day? Chilled breeze and fresh air, simultaneously being naturally body warmth by the rising sun. Not to be missed, no, you must have a closer look at the centerpiece monument in Piazzale Michelangelo. 



Subsequently, it’s all about what you wanna do. Stand around, linger around or grab a cuppa of hot beverage at the nearby cafes or, for maximizing your day in Florence, start walking to Piazza Della Signoria, like what we did, by the next hour or so. Its all about walking in Florence as in Rome too. Absolutely. I didn’t mind despite struggling with the cold weather. I should have, by right, packed thicker clothes, but since I didn’t bother asking, nor did I do my own homework, I guess I had to put up with it. Maybe I should also blame it on my raw travelling experience, I guess then, the more we travel, the better traveller we will eventually become. Nevertheless, I coped well. Cold is cold only in the morning and towards the later part of the evening. Other than that, it’s fine. Like our Malaysian weather once Italy’s sun starts peeping from the sky. Right on. Our walk from Piazzale Michelangelo landed us in Piazza Del Signoria, where culture is showcased as sculptures and statues.
To sum up in my words, Piazza Del Signoria is an elegant cultural square. Built at the end of the thirteenth century, one of Florence’s landmarks for holding all cities glorious symbols and at the heart of Florence politics, Piazza Del Signoria’s high tower is surrounded by Loggia Della Signoria, Palazzo Degli Uffizi, Palazzo Degli Uguccioni and Palazzo Del Tribunale Di Mercanzia. Honestly, I was really blur. Which is which? Being among lotsa of people didn't help either, regardless, I did see the replica statue of Michelangelo's David, also, the 16th century sculpture of legendary hero Hercules and Cactus, the “Neptune’s Fountain" carved out of marble and bronze, and the bronze equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo who lived here between 1540 and 1565. Interesting Piazza Del Signoria. While walking away from Piazza Del Signoria, I paid. I paid to be caught by disguised humans for camera catching.



Lunch was next. Hack! Not my kind of food. Pasta again? No way. I did nibble though for packing as much energy for our next in line walking to Baptistery of St.John. One of the oldest buildings in Florence, constructed between 1059 and 1128, Baptistery of St.John is named after St. John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista). Obviously. Built on the ruins of a Roman house, rebuilt again several times, our chance to viewing the inside of Baptistery of St. John didn’t materialize. Church was close. So, what else was there to do except viewing the outside marble and bronze architectural structure. Wow! Beautifully contrasted and sensational highlighted by sun perching atop.
20 minutes most to most in Baptistery of St.John, unless you want to stand around for no apparent reason, we then adjourned to Ponte Vecchio. It’s the bridge, the special bridge as the core attraction. The oldest of Florence’s six bridges and one of the most iconic sights in Florence. Historical and meaningful. Sure it is.

I made sure I captured my moment by tilting my head to the good bright sky of Ponte Vecchio, oh, I did notice the locks and keys, for next an hour plus, we walked along the shops and street stalls. Finally, we had dinner and off to the hotel. 

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18 comments:

  1. Switzerland is one country that I would really want to go. The pictures are so beautiful..

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  2. This is one beautiful lake,
    did you pay a visit to Swiss Miniature?

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  3. Thomas - no we did not because we were doing this place for just less then a day, like just touching the border.

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    1. i was just about to ask about the swiss miniature.. because if you went there, it's like you have visited the whole swiss..

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  4. Great photos... never been there!

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  5. This is one of my dream vacations...thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!

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  6. wow.. the place looks great!!! I wish i'm there now :)

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  7. Beautiful photos, Nava! Hope to get the chance to visit that someday!

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  8. That's a great photo--Switzerland has the prettiest lakes.

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  9. hi nava, i was very kesen on Switzerland since school day after i read the book "HEIDI" and her granny's home made cheese.. love cheese and Switzerland since then... but never been there yet.. you sure had a great time. have a nice day

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  10. wow...what a beautiful view.....nice captures dear :-)

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  11. Lucky gal, got to travel to Europe! I miss Europe & these shots are so lovely.

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  12. the pic was so nice <3 i wish i can go there one day~

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  13. Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments and yes, it was indeed a wonderful experience seeing this lake.

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  14. Beautifuuulll....not just the scenery but great pictures taken of them. TQ for sharing. Loved them. You must have enjoyed yourself tremendously. Lucky lucky. :o)

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  15. Wow youve been to Switzerland, my family lives there

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  16. Nice shoot...

    I wish i'll be there one day... how far from Rome to Lake Lugano. I'm stay Rome but i never heard the Lake.. but after all, its really awesome ^_^

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