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Streets of Florence

Hey there!

Today, let’s go to Florence and get lost in its streets.

It’s a saying – you lost your head for Florence once or you disfavour it at all, – there’s no in between. But all the people I know that have visited Florence – they all fell in love with this city. But what has this beautiful city?

I can tell it from my experience – when I got off for the very first time of the train and I saw the Dome of Brunelleschi which is visible from the train station Santa Maria Novella, I was stunned by its greatness and beauty. Don’t forget that the Dome was built in 1420 – 1471 by Filippo Brunelleschi! (Legend says that Michelangelo was inspired by Florentine dome and designed the dome of the Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican.)

The Dome is a recognizable symbol of Florence, but not only. There are more things that link to capital of Tuscany – such as historic center and architecture; Dante Alighieri and Italian language; Florence was a cradle of the Renaissance; art museums (Uffizi Gallery or Galleria dell’Accademia, Palazzo Pitti and many more); shopping – Florentine leather, products of handicrafts, perfume etc.; for food – ice cream (gelato) and steak (bistecca alla fiorentina) are the must to taste! Florence has its own syndrome too – it calls Stendhal syndrome – when seeing art makes your head dizzy.

 Let’s start our walk from the Basilica of Santa Croce and its surroundings:

 

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Cappella Pazzi of Filippo Brunelleschi, the chapel is attached by Basilica Santa Croce

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square of Santa Croce and tallest buildings in old town of Florence – on the right – the Dome, on the left – a tower of Badia Fiorentina and a little part of tower of Bargello museum (torre Volognana)

 

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façade of the Basilica Santa Croce

 

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via delle pinzochere

 

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Palazzo degli Alberti in via dei Benci

Now let’s take a destination to Ponte Vecchio:

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square of San Firenze

 

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tower of Badia Fiorentina

 

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Palazzo Gondi in square of San Firenze. A typical example of Florentine architecture

 

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a lane to get to square of Santo Stefano

 

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on one of the houses in via dei Georgofili

 

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Locks on Ponte Vecchio and Arno river

 

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view from Ponte Vecchio – the bridge in the photo is Santa Trinita

 

For now let’s move to from Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti and then to Basilica of Santo Spirito:

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Palazzo Pitti

 

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Fragment of Palazzo Pitti, as we can see another beautiful example of Florentine architecture

 

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sdrucciolo de’ Pitti ( a street, but sdrucciolo means a slip of Pitti, because it goes slopingly from Palazzo Pitti, so it makes sense 🙂 )

 

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Basilica of Holy Spirit (in Italian – Santo Spirito), that is located in Oltrarno quarter, as Palazzo Pitti too. We can look for Brunelleschi’s traces also here – he was one of the architects of the basilica

 

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via de’ Coverelli, the street behind Santo Spirito

 

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via di Maffia

And now we take a direction from Santo Spirto to Chiesa of Ognissanti:

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Ponte alla Carraia

 

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view from Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci and Bridge alla Carraia

 

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again from Lungarno Vespucci – this parish is San Frediano in Cestello

 

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church of All Saints (Chiesa di Ognissanti)

 

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on the far right – Palazzo Liberty – is an example of the international architecture style that is called Art Nouveau, but in different languages you can hear it saying like Modern Style o stile Liberty or stile floreale, or Jugendstil, or Modernisme, or Vienna Secession, or Tiffany style.

 

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a house in via dei Fossi

I hope you liked it. There’s more posts I made about Florence:

  1. 10 things to see in Florence
  2. one autumn day in Florence
  3. some Florence again
  4. my first interview I made with other blogger interview with Girl in Florence
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