Florence (or Firenza, it’s Italian name) is a city that is wall to wall tourists and in the heat of the summer, 39 Celsius in the shade today, it can get to be a bit much.
Okay now that I got that out of the way (I think I got a bit of heat stroke today) let me start again….
Florence is a city rich in history, art and beauty and regardless of the tourists and the heat of July it’s beauty is unparalleled. Whether your walking through the narrow streets lined with palazzos, museums or small row houses or crossing the Arno river via the Ponte Vecchio it’s a city that will leave you awestruck. Actually had it not been for my husband Alan I think I came close to being run over by a vespa more then once as I was paying more attention to the sights around me instead of focusing on crossing the roads.
This first shot is of the Duomo which is Florence’s masterpiece and took almost 3 centuries to complete. I’ll be posting some other shots of the Duomo once I get home but I didn’t think a post focusing on Florence would be complete without a shot of it.
This is the Ponte Vecchio the old covered bridge that crosses the Arno. Today it’s filled with jewelry stores but looking at it from the outside gives you a bit of a glimpse of how Florentines used to live.