Where to find Great Architecture, Florence
Absolutely visit one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful architecture in Italy - the
DUOMO & BRUNELLESCHI'S DOME: Dedicated to S. Maria del Fiore, the Cathedral was consecrated in 1436 after a 140 years reconstruction period.
The Duomo new facade is in 19th century Gothic style & its architect is Emilio de Fabris. Built with 3 types of marbles: Carrara white, Prato green & Maremma pink, work ended in 1887.
Favorite thing: Visit the BAPTISTERY OF S. GIOVANNI: Built in 4th-5th centuries with its current form dates to 11th-13th centuries. The green & white marble exterior is marvellous! Simple & graceful! I love it!
have a look at the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). According to an ancient custom, it is bordered by houses.
Fondest memory: According to the legend, the poet Dante Alighieri met his loving girl, Beatrice, at the corner of the Ponte Vecchio.
Eventhough, she was younger than him and she married an other man, he was in love for her during his whole life.
see the Duomo built in Florentin style (it seems a meringue cake decorated with coloured sugar). As usual, the cathedral, the batistry and the belfry are separate.
Fondest memory: Try a difficult photograph : the batistry doors. Unsufficient distance to have all scuptures. You step back and somebody takes your place. The photo becomes impossible.
Favorite thing: When the crowds of people are starting to wear on you, get away from the heart of the city. Florence has many wonderful sights that go unseen by the majority of its visitors. Walking around the city it is easy to come across fountains, arches, little known churches and of course many great restaurants that won’t charge a fortune for mediocre food.
Favorite thing: It is the home of important museums: the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Silver Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Museum of Historical Carriages, while the smal buildings in the garden house the Contini Bonacossi Collection and the Porcelain Museum.
Baptistery - it has an octagonal plan with a pyramid roof.
Cathedral - it was begun by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296 on the site of the ancient Cathedral of Santa Reparata.
Giotto's Bell Tower - with its square plan and height of 84.70m, it is a magnificent example of Florentine Gothic style.
Specially Passi chapel...
Fondest memory: Excuse me that I will talk about this church in this General information,Actually,I am more interested in the small church beside Santa croce,,,
Before I first time to Went to Firenze,I read a story about Medicis family who was the guardian of Firenze from 15 Century and the other small family-Passi family between these two family there is a story We could know...(It was when?fufu...)Passi family used to against the big Medicis family and had killed a lot of Medicis family members in the action,But a member of Medicis family who was still alive after this mischance and he could recover his family's power to beat Passi family quickly,He killed all the Passi family members who attanded the insurgence,There was a oldest member of Passi family who was also killed by this time,The left Passi family members slinkingly buried his body to the Passi chapel which is beside Santa Croce,But indignant
Midecis members didn't allow it,They went to Passi chapel to dug the body had buried inside of the chapel and chuck to the river to let it flew on the river until the other city Pisa...
So,Now you will probably understand that if you find this chapel,you will feel what... darkness or eeriness or..:P
Dome,The main church in Florence.
Which is build for around 100 years long,
As Florence people extremely wanted to build a
most wonderful church in their city,It was after
they saw the other wonderful church in Pisa,
They made it!!
Fondest memory: The Church is so wonderful,Special color on it is just harmonize,
Different buildings together,
Became to a extremely beautiful picture.
1973...IF in Rome you can see sooo many Scooter, Lambraeta, Vespa and Fiat 600 moving next to Alfeta, Alfa Romeo, Alfasud and other luxuries motorcar.....it's totaly differance in Florence. Not so many scooter, but they are craze with Japanese Super Bikes, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. This Super Bikes riding next to Ducati and others Italian's production. No wonder they produce a great racer under 500cc Class, such asKamalgliano !!
Having a chance riding as a pillion rider with a local bikers...waw!! Sooo nice, surrounding the Florence's city at night with a group of local bikers. They are not a crazy bikers, well descipline riders with nice suit. We talk about bike hours and hours...not even a minute feel bore.
Favorite thing: I have seen many of Italy's most beautiful Cathedrals and in my humble opinion, none of them has a facade as fascinating as Florence's Sta. Maria del Fiore. Look at the attention to detail paid to every inch of carved marble.
Favorite thing: Go visit the Duomo. It is stunning inside an outside and dominates the city as the picture shows. Spend some time just wandering around taking it all in. The interior of the dome is a magnificent depiction of the final judgement.
The Cathedral (Duomo).
Quite impressive, this one. Quite unusual, also, I found the external architecture was differente from what I was used to see in other cathedrals. Don't forget to climb and admire the beautiful view from above!
Fondest memory: When I finally figured out that I was heading in the wrong direction (no wonder there wasn't a single tourist in sight!) I made my way back along the Arno towards the Ponte Vecchio, Florence's most famous bridge, and the city's symbol. Renown for the goldsmiths' shops that give it an even more romantic appearance, it was built in 1345 by Taddeo Gaddi and Neri di Fioravanti to substitute the ancient Roman bridge that had been destroyed many times by the flooding of the Arno. Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge that the Germans spared in their 1944 retreat. It is made of three arches and hosts a bust of Benvenuto Cellini by Raffaello Romanelli.
Spend a few days!! This city is so beautiful and interesting it deserves your time. My favorite italian city. Well, I love the south too, but for the rest, this takes the cake
Fondest memory: Walking up the the Duomo and, well after an attempted pickpocketing, viewing the enormity of the building. It is absolutely incredible to look at. After all, it took 175 years to construct. That's like 10 generations in those days. :) And they didn't even have Black and Decker tools. Boy what a bummer.
HERE IS A GOOD MAP OF THE CITY