Medieval destination in a modern era, a look at the beautiful Firenze, Italy
Florence is a beautiful city in Italy with many attractions to visit, an incredible medieval destination for sure. It’s an ideal place for architecture lovers, and if you like medieval cities, you’ll really enjoy it. Visiting Florence is like a travel in time. One of the first things you´ll probably want to see there is this beautiful bridge, Ponte Vecchio. A bit of background on it:
The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times, when the via Cassia crossed the river at this point. The Roman piers were of stone, the superstructure of wood. The bridge first appears in a document of 996. After being destroyed by a flood in 1117 it was reconstructed in stone but swept away again in 1333 save two of its central piers, as noted by Giovanni Villani in his Nuova Cronica. It was rebuilt in 1345.
As you can see in the image, other more modern buildings surround this bridge. Also its big structure homes various stores, so you can go shopping if you wish. I suggest you to visit it at sunset or even better, at dawn. That way you´ll get the most magical views of and from the bridge. The first image of this post has not been taken at sunset nor at dawn, I just created two versions of it. The following is the one that preserves the original midday light and colors:
Cathedrals and Palaces
Another impressive piece of architecture in this medieval destination is the well known cathedral Santa María del Fiore, or the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, located in Piazza del Duomo (the Duomo´s Square). Its gothic style and the vintage buildings around it will make you feel like you´re in the middle of a medieval city. This is one of the views you can get of it from the streets. I like how the diagonal line composed by the buildings leads the view to the cathedral:
Just look at that scene and tell me if it doesn´t feel like a fragment of medieval magic in a modern era. I love this city! If you´re planning your vacation, consider visiting this precious italian corner. Plus if you do, don´t miss the chance and visit one of the cities that I loved the most, the beautiful Venice. If you go to one of those places, it´s a shame not to visit the other, since they are very close to each other.
Another place that you can visit if you go to this magical city is the Pitti Palace. There you’ll be able to enter the galleries and visit the beautiful gardens of the Palace, the Boboli Gardens. The gallery has many rooms with sculptures, furniture and beautiful art masterpieces. It’s a must for art lovers or for those who want to see the old rooms of the Palace. On the other hand, the gardens are absolutely huge and labyrinthic. But I´ll cover this incredible place in another post.
From Firenze to your walls
You can get any of these images as prints for your home or office decoration. They are available on paper, canvas, acrylic, metal or wood. Also you can get them printed onto beautiful gift items and products. You have lots of options to make your perfect image part of your life, so I invite you to take a look 🙂 Click on any of the images on this post to see your options. To see more images and discover more beautiful locations of Firenze, click here.
Now it´s your turn to tell me: have you visited Florence? How was your experience? What places did you visit there? Tell me all you want about this incredible medieval destination below in the comments.
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Lovely photos. I enjoyed a visit to Florence in 2014. My photos of the bridge were disappointing, I think I had altered the settings by accident.
Wow ! Been there in 2016… took pictures but not that good ! Bravo !
Very nice Eduardo – great post and great photos!
Thank you Tatiana!
Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome, thank you for visiting! 🙂
Thank you for entering XX love these cloud formations xx
I’m glad you like them 🙂 thank you for the challenge.
You are welcome xx
Wonderful photos Eduardo, especially the last. Florence is one of my favorite cities in the world
Thank you Tina, I’m glad you like my images and this beautiful city. It’s certainly one of my favorites too 🙂