Postcards from Florence

I don’t know how people could travel for more than a month when 5 weeks had me feeling so burnt. Our itinerary didn’t even stretch us thin but there’s something a bit tiring to be living out of a suitcase. Week 5 (half way into our trip) found us in Florence – the birthplace of the Renaissance but I’m sorry guys, H and I aren’t art buffs.

One of our stops was Piazza Michelangelo which was a steep walk up to the top to get this amazing view of Florence.

Piazzale Michelangelo florence

Piazza Michelangelo
florence and duomo at Piazza Michelangelo florence

More wandering found us at the Ponte Vecchio bridge with all these little shop houses sticking out of it. It actually looks better far away then when you are walking across it. Most of the shops are just selling gold and it’s flooded with tourists.

florence ponte vecchio bridge

 Ponte Vecchio Bridge

I found one of the most beautiful things about Florence was the architecture of their churches – I haven’t seen anything else like it in Europe. It’s weird but it works.

Church of Santa Maria Novella

Church of Santa Maria Novella

I kept getting drawn back to the Florence Cathedral with it’s white, red and proudly green exterior. These photos really don’t do this church justice.

Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) Duomo

Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) 

Another thing you could do is climb the Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Duomo for €10 – both are more than 400 steps. The climb to the Duomo was closed on my visit so the bell tower it was! After 414 steps you get this view of Florence:

Cupola del Brunelleschi Florence CathedralView from Giotto's Bell Tower, Florence Cathedral Duomo  View from Giotto's Bell Tower, Florence Cathedral DuomoView from Giotto's Bell Tower, Florence Cathedral Duomo

Florence is definitely one for people that appreciate art as the whole city is just littered with statues. Still worth a look see and makes a great day trip to Pisa and Siena if you run out of things to do.

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