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The Duomo of Florence
It was Wednesday and finally a day to do a little touring of Florence. The personnel from the congress had set the appointment to meet by the train station, but they had specified the wrong train station, so they had to come and have us walk to the correct station. To me that was a bit outrageous, and just one more aspect of the not-so-good organization of this event.

Anyway, we took the train to Florence and met our guide. At first she was walking so fast that I thought it was a "running", not walking tour. She made the first stop at the Dominic church of S. Maria Novella, which facade she explained in great detail. Then we walked by the narrow streets of Florence. I could get definitively have the feeling of being in a medieval metropolis. The scene of so many dark politics lead by the Medici, and of so many plots, like the exile of Dante.
Me with David
The next stop was Palazzo Strozzi, home of a family enemy to the Medici, who were actually forced into exile. The construction was formidable, but our guide explained that it was also left unfinished when the family had to leave town.

Then we headed towards the centre of the Roman Florencia, and the home of the roman administrative buildings, now gone. But the real highlight of this tour was the "Duomo" of Florence. The magnificent  Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, which is both the most important and tallest building of the city. The colors and setoff of this building are out of this world. Easily the most beautiful Church I have ever visited. Second would be the Capuchine Church in Cordoba, Argentina.

The second to last stop was Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence. It overlooks the Piazza di la Signoria, that has copies of many of the most wonderful sculptures by Michelangelo, Donatello and other famous italian sculptors. Of course including the famous David. The last stop was Ponte Vechio, a famous old bridge over the Arno river.
montecarlostar says:
Oh hahaha I will def check it out! Jumping over the buildings of Florence sounds like fun :D
Posted on: Jun 15, 2010
Eric says:
Dunno if you play video games, but if so check out Assassins Creed 2. Most of the game is set in historic Firenze, and you can run and climb all the buildings in the city ;) The level of detail is astonishing!
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010
montecarlostar says:
Yes Karl, it was absolutely full! Guided tours everywhere, it was a circus, but still lovely city!
Posted on: Jun 11, 2010
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The Duomo of Florence
The Duomo of Florence
Me with David
Me with David
Montecatini Terme streets
Montecatini Terme streets
Montecatini Terme streets
Montecatini Terme streets
Montecatini Terme streets
Montecatini Terme streets
Our pilgrim to the train station
Our pilgrim to the train station
Our pilgrim to the train station
Our pilgrim to the train station
Our pilgrim to the train station
Our pilgrim to the train station
People
People
More people
More people
Florence!
Florence!
Florence
Florence
A street artist
A street artist
Church of S. Maria Novella
Church of S. Maria Novella
Church of S. Maria Novella
Church of S. Maria Novella
Our tour guide, she was really coo…
Our tour guide, she was really co…
Church of S. Maria Novella
Church of S. Maria Novella
Florence streets
Florence streets
Florence streets
Florence streets
Florence streets
Florence streets
Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
Roman square
A view of the Duomo
A view of the Duomo
Baptistery
Baptistery
A view of the Duomo
A view of the Duomo
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
Gate to Paradise
Gate to Paradise
Gate to Paradise
Gate to Paradise
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Palazzio Vecchio
Palazzio Vecchio
Palazzio Vecchio
Palazzio Vecchio
Palazzio Vecchio
Palazzio Vecchio
Palazzio Vecchio
Palazzio Vecchio
David
David
Onur with David
Onur with David
Inside Palazzio Vecchio
Inside Palazzio Vecchio
With a moving statue
With a moving statue
With a moving statue
With a moving statue
Neptune
Neptune
Neptune
Neptune
Neptune
Neptune
Onur with Neptune
Onur with Neptune
Me with Neptune
Me with Neptune
A full view of Piazza dilla Signor…
A full view of Piazza dilla Signo…
Arno River
Arno River
Arno River
Arno River
Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
Dante
Dante
Michelangelo
Michelangelo
Leonardo
Leonardo
Florence
photo by: monky