Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Florence, Italy - Places Worth Exploring


Two days in Rome flew by just like that. I sincerely wished we could have stayed on, at least another day, maybe for seeing other significant places. Then again, if we didn't get moving, we still had to by the way. Maybe, there may be another travelgram to Rome, I never know, anything is possible, I still felt sentimental because Rome has been really good to me, in the sense that I treasured the sites I visited. But once I was told that Florence is equally stunning places, I was up and about the moment we arrived in Central Florence. Wish I carried a jacket because morning breeze was really chilly, my scarf didn't do much justice either. Still, I managed by not crumbling or falling apart.     

Piazzale Michelangelo 
A square dedicated to renowned Michelangelo and designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi. Sitting atop a hill above Oltrarno neighborhood and across the Duomo, its such a wondrous panoramic view of Florence and Arno valley from where we were standing. Marvelous. Allow your eyes to draw you to the near and far beyond views of Tuscan countryside that stretches all the way to Tuscan villas, also, the olive trees and the rambling city wall towards Porta Romana. Picturing is a must. Yes please. Half an hour most to most, you would have seen it in Piazzale Michelangelo.   




Piazza Della Signoria  
An elegant square built at the end of the thirteenth century as a symmetrical contrast to the city's religious centre. Piazza Della Signoria is one of Florence's landmarks that hold all cities glorious symbols and has been at the heart of Florence politics. Piazza della signoria's high tower is surrounded by other significant structures. Loggia Della Signoria, Palazzo Degli Uffizi on the south, sixteenth century Palazzo degli Uguccioni on the north and Palazzo Del Tribunale Di Mercanzia on the east side. Piazza Della Signoria  is also a cultural center with its unique outdoor sculpture gallery. Replica statue of Michelangelo's David, 16th century sculpture of legendary hero Hercules and Cactus, “Neptune’s Fountain" carved out of marble and bronze, and bronze equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo 1 who lived here between 1540 and 1565. 






Baptistery of St.John
One of the oldest buildings in the city and constructed between 1059 and 1128, Baptistery of St.John is named after St. John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista). Built on the ruins of a Roman house, rebuilt again several time, the outer cladding made of white Carrara marble and green Prato marble to create the three horizontal bands is decorated with geometric panels and round arches. Known for its three sets of artistic bronze doors with relief sculptures including the Gate of Heaven that features a modern and vital sculpture, Baptistery of St.John is now a symbol of Florentine Renaissance. We had to be contented with viewing the exterior, unfortunately, church was close during the half an hour we stood around, listened to the guide and off we left. 

Ponte Vecchio 
One of Florence's most iconic sights in Ponte Vecchio is none other than the special bridge. The oldest of Florence's six bridges. Historical and unique with a medieval arch, and an extension hanging houses, supported by long wooden shores over the river. Today, these houses are used as shops, selling a wide assortment of jewelry, ranging from affordable modern jewels to pricey antiques. Almost 3 hours at Ponte Vecchio, we walked along the rows and rows of shops on both sides of the road, nothing seemingly tempted me.  


Bye bye Florence, see you tomorrow Venice.  




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21 comments:

  1. Wow places Nava loved your clicks and post dear :D

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  2. Amazing travelogue with stunning pics

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  3. Wow!Beautiful sculptures and buildings.

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  4. Looks like a great place to visit.. you explained it so beautfilly that I just want to pack my bags and go there..:)

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  5. Last year I was there.. lovely place.. nice write up

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  6. Simply beautiful! Loved the panoramic views and the sculptures!

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  7. Beautiful pics and write up wish you posted the series in a row so I would get continuity.

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  8. I had been to Italy last year.. We enjoyed more at Venice, as there the public transport was through waterways, hence the best.. But as you said the view from Florence City was awesome.. I took many clicks there.. Loved the ancient sculptures in the city.. To talk about Rome.. it is a city which to explore fully we need 7-8 days, but we were there just for 2 days like you guys.. We had days full eating out Italian thin crust pizzas for which they are very famous.. Also we tried a restaurant (Indian) Haveli at Florence, which was just awesome I must say! We had a 6-7 days tour to Italy! Memorable trip indeed.. :) All your clicks are awesome and a good write up!.. :)

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  9. I have been to Italy 5 years ago.. Nice clicks and love your write up .. Now I am searching for my Italy trip photos..

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  10. What a beautiful trip with such amazing places to see! I have plans to visit Italy since ages but it gets difficult with two small kids. Maybe soon. Esepecially after looking at your pictures, I have to plan something soon:-)

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  11. I have yet got the chance to travel to Italy but really would love to...some day. Your pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Looking forward to seeing your Venice post! And making a trip of my own too:D

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  13. I'm thinking of a trip to London, then off to somewhere else. This will come as a good reference :)

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  14. The good thing of joining tour is that tour guide will tell u about the place.

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  15. We are planing to go to Italy in 2015 I hope i can make it :) thanks for sharing this, I'm still cheking around where we go, beautiful pictures Nava !

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  16. A wonderful travelogue and the clicks are lovely.

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  17. Florence is a magical city, I simply adore the photos :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  18. I have been in italy last yr..we went to Rome..wonderful place..
    Great clicks navneet

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  19. When i went to Spain, i had this experience of the humans dressed as statues... So much art people do ( other than to earn some bucks :)) Nice pics. I agree, Italian food is a little bland, but i love that it's loaded with cream and cheese :)

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