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The Italian Saga: My Fling with Florence

August 16, 2011

Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting Florence? The whole town is a UNESCO-protected world heritage site. I know I can wander around the medieval streets of Firenze for days, contemplating the architectural, sculptural and artistic masterpieces of the past. And I’d even watch the new season of Jersey Shore just to immerse myself in the Florentine charm one more time. Well, maybe I wouldn’t go that far.

The dense concentration of European history and culture in one place is almost overwhelming. Everything, from world-renowned galleries and palaces to cozy little chapels, is impregnated with the breath of the epochs of the past. The birthplace of the Renaissance and playground for guileful intrigues of the almighty Medici family, the Tuscan capital will captivate your imagination and never let go.

I decided not to do a write-up of every monument, park, palace, or square worth visiting in Florence; it would probably result in dozens of posts. The Wiki Travel page on Florence actually does a pretty good job at it. Instead, I’m going to make it a photo essay and share my favorite views of Firenze with you.

A few tips:
1. Allow at least two days to see Florence.
2. The museum lines are ridiculous, so make sure you allot enough time.
3. Access to the old town is very limited, but there’s plenty of parking outside the Wall.
4. Don’t eat at the touristy restaurants.
5. Even though the climb to Piazzale Michelangelo seems like a scene from Mission: Impossible, do so—you won’t regret.


Piazza della Repubblica

River Arno

Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge

The Compulsive Traveler

Promenade on River Arno

A Medieval Street

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or Florence Cathedral

The Duomo

Palazzo Pitti

Exhibition at Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Vecchio, or Old Palace, on Piazza della Signoria

Restaurants on Piazza della Signoria

Fountain of Neptune on Piazza della Signoria

View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

David on Piazzale Michelangelo

Ai Forti Che Cadendo A Mentana Sacrarono Roma Alla Libera Italia

This monument on Piazza Mentana is devoted to 150 fallen Garibaldi’s freedom fighters. It says, “To the Brave who fell at Mentana, consecrating Rome to Free Italy.”

More posts about the Eternal City are coming soon!

  1. Beautiful photos! I can’t wait to explore Italy one day. 🙂

  2. Thanks Danielle! I’m sure you’ll love it =)

  3. I had a much-to-short love affair with Florence too! It would be very easy to fall in love.

  4. Great photos! Just read a photo from Adventurous Kate about 40 tip for Italy. Nice site I hope to make it to Italy soon between the food and the sights I know I am in for it.

  5. Thanks for your comments, guys. Florence was so worth of visiting!

  6. Your photos are so beautiful. They look like paintings!

  7. Thanks Hope! 🙂 Swing back soon for more posts about Rome! I have tons of great pics with the best views of the Eternal City.

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