Florence is a beautiful city, busy, bustling and full of people, walking, riding bikes, Vespas, motorcycles and driving cars. The Arno River runs through the city and under several bridges that were built in the 1200-1300”s. Only the Ponte Vecchio bridge survives to this day. The others were damaged by floods or destroyed in WWll and rebuilt.
Santa Croce is a lovely church located just around the corner from our hotel.
Many famous Florentines have magnificent tombs there, including Dante, Galileo and Michelangelo. (Dante has a tomb, but he is not buried there). We’ll begin our “tour” with Santa Croce. (and no…we didn’t see Jim!)
Santa Croce door
statue of Dante outside of Santa Croce
interior of Santa Croce… very dark inside.
interior of the Santa Croce doors.
One of the chapels in Santa Croce. Beautiful frescos line the walls.
Exquisite frescos on wall. Please excuse blurriness. It was hard to hand hold my camera in the cathedral’s darkness and get a clear photo.
Part of the cloisters at Santa Croce.
I love arches of all kinds! This is the walkway outside Santa Croce.
a bike leaning against our hotel..
The Arno River taken from the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
The famous Ponte Vecchio bridge with its famous jewelry stores, which began as butcher shops. The top windows were along a private walkway for Ferdinando l. He evicted the butchers in the 16th century because he couldn’t stand the smell as he walked overhead. Jewelry has been sold in the shops ever since.
A set of arches near the Ponte Vecchio.
“A trattoria is usually a family-owned place that serves home cooked food at moderate prices.” ~Rick Steves
a series of smart cars line up near the Piazza della Signoria
Apartments and shops surround the sculptures at the impressive Piazza della Signoria
The Uffizi from the other side of the Arno River. Wonderful works of art, treasured pieces and sculptures fill this building. The Uffizi is treasure itself, as a beautiful architectural work of art.
A view from Piazza della Signoria to the streets of Florence.
You find gardens where you can!
it just takes a little sunshine….
a raft moves lazily along the Arno on a sunny afternoon….
The perfect end to a great day….
I hope you enjoyed this part of the “tour”! I have more of Florence to show you. The next time we meet, we’ll be climbing the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo (Dome) of the Florence Cathedral, the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore. Make sure you bring your climbing shoes! The view is fantastic!
Thanks for coming back to see me after 2.5 weeks! I appreciate your support!