The “Ponte Vecchio” means old bridge. This bridge is well known for their original goldsmith shops that are throughout the bridge. Also while strolling across the bridge you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Arno River.
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Saint Mary of the Flower, is the main church of Florence. It is a Roman Catholic basilica that is part of the Diocese of Florence consecrated in 1436 and is a main attraction of Florence.
St. John’s Baptistery is very well known for its bronze doors. The most famous ones, the “Gates of Paradise”, consist of 10 bronze reliefs showing scenes from the Old Testament. The panels for the door were designed and created by Lorenzo Ghiberti, and mounted onto the baptistery in 1452.
Il Duomo is a famous dome of Florence atop Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. It is possible to get a beautiful view of the city by climbing to the top of the dome. Il Duomo is one of the main attractions of Florence.
This is a view of the inside of the Duomo, with frescoes completed by Giorgio Vasari.
“Palazzo Vecchio” or “Old Palace” is the town hall of Florence. This is among the most impressive town halls throughout Tuscany. It overlooks Piazza della Signoria with a copy of Michelangelo’s David statue in front. This is also known as one of the most significant public places in Italy.
These flags were seen during a parade that happened while I was in Florence. The symbol of the fleur-de-lis is a stylized lily that was represented as a red Florentine lily on the Florence coat of arms. It is now a famous symbol of the city.
Here is a beautiful view of the Arno River. The Arno River runs from throughout Tuscany and is 241 kilometers. The river flooded the city regularly in historic time, the last time in 1966.
Watching the sunset from Piazza Michaelangelo is a must-do while in Florence. This beautiful piazza has an amazing view of the entire city of Florence. The night view is beautiful to see sights like the Ponte Vecchio and il Duomo all lit up after sunset.
Michaelangelo’s masterpiece of the David is housed Galleria dell’ Academia. He is biblically inspired character stands 17 feet tall. Michaelangelo completed ‘David’ in 1504, after spending 3 years sculpting him.
Dana Bartone is the Spring 2013 CEA MOJO in Rome, Italy
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