Vacation Photos: Florence, pt. 2

Basilica di Santa Croce

Florence

Florence

Florence

Florence

Mercato Centrale

Trattoria Da Rocco

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence from above

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence

Piazza di Santa Croce

David, Galleria dell'Accademia

Ponte Santa Trinita

Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence

Okay, so maybe it didn’t rain the entirety of our stay in Florence, though it certainly felt like it at the time. There was no in-between there with the weather; it was either gray and raining or bright and gloriously sunny. Florence reminded me a lot of Paris in its extreme meteorological pendulum swings, that, while dramatic, charmed you either way. Our itinerary had us in Florence from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday morning, but we both agreed we could’ve spent a lot longer here. It’s not hard to see why, especially once the weather improved.

At check-in, our Airbnb host insisted we visit the Piazzale Michaelangelo, a garden and piazza nestled high in the hills on the southeastern part of the city. The view, he said, would be worth the climb. He was right. We went late one night, after a long and delicious dinner (a common theme) we wound our away across the Arno and up up up to the expanse that overlooked the city. On our next trip back (because yes, there will be a next time) I really want to camp out there for a full day and photograph the city from sunrise to sunset.

We also climbed 414 steps the top of the Campanile, or bell tower, next to the famous Duomo in the center of town. If you’re going to Florence, seeing the Duomo is a must; The Cathedral itself took almost 600 years to complete (from 1296 to 1887), and its famous dome, built by Filippo Brunelleschi, is a marvel of ancient architecture. It’s incredible. But I’d skip climbing it in favor of the Campanile, because that way you can actually see the Duomo from the top. Sorry for another Paris-comparison, but I make the same recommendation when it comes to the Eiffel Tower: skip going to the top, and instead climb the Arc de Triomphe, where you get to see the Eiffel Tower from the top. It’s the best part of the city’s landscape, and you can’t see it if you’re on it. The same logic applies for the Duomo.

And then of course, there’s Michaelangelo’s David. Nothing prepares you for its grandeur the first time you see it in person. It’s massive, and completely breathtaking.

But I think my favorite part of the whole trip was wandering around the Mercato Centrale, a sprawling, two story indoor food market (which we ducked into to avoid yet another flash rain storm, ha) and watching Jamal’s face light up at every vendor and stall we passed. “Look at the fresh octopus!” “Look at the size of those artichokes!” “Real San Marzano tomaotes!” The best: “Wow, imagine if we lived here. I’d be here every Saturday morning buying food for us.” Swoon.

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June 11, 2015 / art / photo / Travel / LEAVE A COMMENT / 14

14 comments

  • The dessert looks good!

    • Oh, it was :) xo

  • I love your pictures! I went to Florence last year and just adored it. There is something so special about that City.

    • Thank you so much! That’s how I felt, too. I can’t describe it, but it’s such an incredible place. xo

  • Beautiful pictures of Florence! they bring me beautiful memories

    • Thank you Barbara! Florence has a way of sticking with you, I’ve found ;) xo

  • I love your street photos. It looks like streets really inspire you, and I love it! :)
    That food market sounds like heaven.

    • You know, I honestly never realized it until you said it, but they totally do! I am absolutely inspired by streets, how did I not know that before?? They’re so simple, and yet they do so much for me. xoxo

  • I LOVE exploring crazy food markets in other countries. The Mercato Centrale sounds incredible!

    • The best way to explore another country is with your stomach, after all! :) xo

  • Really wonderful photos indeed!

    • Thank you so much! xo

  • J’ai des très beaux souvenirs de Florence ! J’ai tombé amoureuse de cette ville! Elle a une charme fou, et les florentins sont très sympas ! On a mangé très bien, on a jamais tombé dans un piège à touristes. Notre hôtel étais juste à côte du Duomo. Fred d’habitude dorme un peu plus que moi. J’adoré sortir en douce de la chambre, regardé le Duomo se réveille et aller prendre un capuccino à Gilli dans la piazza de la Republica. Après ça, j’ai retourné à l’hôtel et je prenais le petit déjeuner avec mon mari. Moi aussi, je très envie de retourner, surtout quand je vois tes magnifiques photos ! xoxo

  • La vue du Duomo est bien sûr incontournable, la vue des toits de Florence est superbe. J’aime beaucoup les photos de la ville sous un ciel nuageux et en nocturne illuminée par les lumières, quelle belle cité ! Le gâteau n’avait pas l’air mauvais !!! Et avez- vous fait une photo souvenir dans le photomaton ? C’est drôle de le voir ainsi en pleine rue sur un trottoir…