|A view of Florence from our living room. |
Enlarge and you can see the Duomo!
One of the special aspects of Europe is their desire to keep its beauty intact. They don't tear down and build new, they restore and renovate. H&M store? Fine, but keep the exteriors the same. Real beauty never gets old, classic style and architecture can exist forever.
Florence has kept so much of its character you see it in the buildings, the Arno river and it's bridges, Pitti Palace and Boboli gardens, the Uffizzi Gallery, Palace Vecchio and so many churches and landmarks that you can imagine (just block out the thousands of school tours) what if felt like to be young Michelangelo playing futbol in San Marcos Piazza...ok that's a stretch...but it is very cool. Grazie Lorenzo Medici and the good people of Florence for keeping the timeless view of a beautiful city.
We have been in Florence for a week now - it's true, "...when one visits Florence - you should have a room with a view" (From the 1985 Academy Award movie A Room with a View).
This post is just to let you know we arrived to this beautiful city and the views from every corner are spectacular:
|The Duomo or the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral - The Dome in all the famous views of Florence|
|View from the Palazzo Vecchio - The second Vasari corridor connects the Uffizi Palace with Palazzo Vecchio|
|Palazzo Vecchio or the Palazzo of Penises. (I'll get close-ups in a later post)|
This is the best view of a buttocks! (until I see David)
|View of Florence from the Galleria del Costume connected to the Palazzo Pitti|
|View of Florence sitting on the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo with a chocolate gelato. |
The sky makes this a perfect view!
|From Florence on Bus 7 to the scenic hills of Fiesole. |
This is where Leonardo daVinci hung out experimenting with his flying machines.
|Most entertaining view of modern Florence is watching the crowds/vendors in Mercato Centrale with a glass of Chianti - Salute! |
We can feel the Renaissance taking hold.......