Florence

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One of the many things you see when you walk the streets here.

I had never been in Florence and I had looked forward to this for very long. My son and I had booked a hotel just across the central station, not far from the city center as well. Florence had been a dream destination for years but I hadn't prioritized Italy for a long time.

Florence or Firenze is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, Italy, and of the province of Florence. The aim of this trip were to drive around in Tuscany and see as much of it as possible. Where better to start than to start in the capital. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence lies on the Arno River and has a population of around 400,000 people, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000 persons.

Facade and Campanile (bell tower) of Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture. The city has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. The "Historic Centre of Florence" was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982 and when you are here you don't wonder why - it is just magnificent with places like Piazza della Repubblica, the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Maria del Fiore and the river Arno. The city was in the medieval days a centre of European trade and finance and it is not difficult to see that wealth was a big part of the city. The city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the famous Medici family.

Walking the city is heavenly - The centre of the city is closed to through-traffic, although buses, taxis and residents with appropriate permits are allowed in.

Facade and Campanile (bell tower) of Santa Maria del Fiore
This area is commonly referred to the ZTL (Zona Traffico Limitato), which is divided into five subsections. Residents of one section, therefore, will only be able to drive in their district and perhaps some surrounding ones. Cars without permits are allowed to enter after seven-thirty at night, or before seven-thirty in the morning. The rules shift somewhat unpredictably during the tourist-filled summers, putting more restrictions on where one can get in and out. This is enforced by cameras located on all the roads into the city, which photograph licence plates that pass by.

One of the places that takes your breath is the architectural jewel of Florence the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo. The magnificent dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The nearby Campanile tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery buildings are also highlights. Both the dome itself and the campanile are open to tourists and I was told that they offered excellent views, but since I really don't like heights I didn't go there.

You can get all kind of food in this city but I thought that the prizes were very high compared to what I found any other place in Toscany. I dont know if we were unlucky but I had expected somewhat better food. Maybe we looked like easy tourists.

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One of the many things you see whe…
One of the many things you see wh…
Facade and Campanile (bell tower) …
Facade and Campanile (bell tower)…
Facade and Campanile (bell tower) …
Facade and Campanile (bell tower)…
Outside Santa Maria del Fiore
Outside Santa Maria del Fiore
The floor inside Santa Maria del F…
The floor inside Santa Maria del …
The floor inside Santa Maria del F…
The floor inside Santa Maria del …
The Campanile (bell tower)of Santa…
The Campanile (bell tower)of Sant…
The Duomo - The dome of Santa Mari…
The Duomo - The dome of Santa Mar…
The Campanile (bell tower)of Santa…
The Campanile (bell tower)of Sant…
Beautiful narrow streets in the ci…
Beautiful narrow streets in the c…
The sun hardly gets down in this b…
The sun hardly gets down in this …
Beautiful steel work in front of t…
Beautiful steel work in front of …
A parking for the most common tran…
A parking for the most common tra…
Faboulous door bell - who wouldnt …
Faboulous door bell - who wouldnt…
Yet another wonderful door bell - …
Yet another wonderful door bell -…
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), wh…
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), w…
A beautiful house along the river …
A beautiful house along the river…
Even the lamp post is nice
Even the lamp post is nice
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), wh…
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), w…
The promenade along the river
The promenade along the river
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), wh…
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), w…
One of the many market places in t…
One of the many market places in …
Can you beat the beauty of this?
Can you beat the beauty of this?
This is just more than narrow
This is just more than narrow
Old construction and just amazing
Old construction and just amazing
The parking under our hotel
The parking under our hotel
Florence
photo by: monky