Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Florence - A Day In Florence (Italy)


Rome! Believe me. Won me over like nobody's business. I so became so in love with Rome. Rome and Romans, and their going back to back then years of history and culture. Simply said, the sincere historical pride and travelling joy of Italy. No wonder. Many who have wonder lusted over this part of Italy wouldn't stop blowing their trumpets. They mind you, will do or die, speak highly about why Rome is, must be one of it you must conquer travel. I know. I can strongly related to them. How can I possibly deny that Rome is smashing spectacular until bidding bye bye to Rome was so emotional and sentimental. In fact, I was badly longing for, at least another one more day in Rome. But the reality was otherwise. We had to move on as per our scheduled itinerary. Florence being our next destination. Journey began the previous night, approximately 4 hours plus coach driven, prior to us putting our head down in one of the hotels and by 9.3am next morning, we getting down across the road for stepping foot in Piazzale Michelangelo, a square dedicated to Michelangelo, and designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi.

Morning wind chillness blowing in all direction for shivering us, it did mind you, first thing first for us atop the hill? Standing and going with the flow of allowing our eyes to stretch towards Florence wondrous wholesomeness. Above Oltrarno neighbourhood, across Duomo and further till Arno Valley, Tuscan country side charm and Porta Romano's rambling city wall. Goodness utterly amazing. Florence picture postcard. Mind touching absolute scenery. 20 minutes of doing nothing except admiring and of course picturing, we then walked nearest and closest to the monument at the heartbeat of Piazzale Michelangelo. Tilting our head above and slowly releasing our sight down the monument. Symbolically meaningful structure and coming with yesteryears human technical expertise history.    



All in all, a totality of an hour in Piazza Michelangelo, basically, no rushing and at our own leisure, subsequently we headed to Piazza Della Signoria by our legs walking us. Give in and take, half an hour of walking, while cold breeze still at its fancy, what's in store for tourists like us in Piazza Del Signoria? Sculptures and statues. Arts and cultural significance.  
To sum up, appreciating Piazza Del Signoria as the other drawing and luring attraction in Florence. Built at the end of the thirteenth century, one of Florence’s landmarks for holding all cities glorious symbols and being Florence politics heart, Piazza Del Signoria surrounded by Loggia Della Signoria, Palazzo Degli Uffizi, Palazzo Degli Uguccioni and Palazzo Del Tribunale, as already been said, is elegance and arts at its best. Statue of Michelangelo's David, 16th century sculptures of Hercules and Cactus, “Neptune’s Fountain" carved out of marble and bronze, and bronze equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo, who lived Florence between 1540 and 1565. These are the ones that mainly caught my attention. Of course, there are other bountiful more in all shapes and sizes sculptures. Each and every one of it undeniably priceless and perfectly crafted.   







Up next, lunch. Hack! Sadly, not my kinda food. God! Me and Italian food. Pasta? Pasta again for  three meals in a row from the time we arrived in Italy? As it is, as I have already told you, I am no worshiper of Italian food, imagine pasta in creamy sauce, soup and overly sweet dessert? Italy and their food lingo for this typical Malaysian? I still ate. I literally forced eating over me for energy packing because walking for almost a day is the direction to sightseeing in Florence. And so we did. After lunching, we walked to arrive in front of Baptistery of St.John. One of the oldest buildings in Florence, constructed between 1059 and 1128, Baptistery of St.John named after St. John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista), built on the ruins of a Roman house, and rebuilt again several times. Inside viewing was out of bound. Seemingly our timing didn't fall in place. Church was close. So, we did the outside viewing of the marble and bronze architectural structure. Must be recognized, honestly, for me personally, as eye popping beauty.  
Approximately half an hour for  also viewing the whole area, we then got moving to Ponte Vecchio. It’s the bridge! Bridge as the core central attraction. The oldest of Florence’s six bridges and one of the most iconic sights in Florence. Indeed the specially. Without a doubt. Hundreds of tourists swarmed around the bridge throughout every inch and mile of Ponte Vecchio, lined on both sides with street stalls and shops. Did I shop? Nope. Nothing really badly tempted me. Two hours in Ponte Vecchio I thought was too much, unless you are keen in shopping. Thereafter, hopping back into the coach, followed by dinner and ending our one day in Florence once we returned 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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