In April a friend and I visited the beautiful city Florence. In this blog I’ll show you in 13 photos what we’ve done and saw that day. Many thanks to the amazing Jess who showed us all the beautiful spots. (:
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the third largest church in Europe and one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen! It’s a tourist attraction and if you want to enter the church, you have to wait in line for a very long time. Luckily, the outside of the church is enough beauty for us to enjoy. Across the church, you will find the Baptistery (the right wall in this photo) for which Michelangelo made a magnificent door!
All over Florence, you will find art made by an artist who’s known under the name ‘blub’. He or she uses the works of big artists and gives them his or her own signature: all characters get goggles on and are put in an underwater world. We found among others Vermeer’s ‘Girl with the Pearl’. Across Florence you can find Blub’s work, so keep your eyes open for goggles!
Meet Jess! I’ve met her during the Shambala Festival in Thailand. In the mean time, she has made Florence into her home and it was so nice to see her again. We would never have found all the beautiful places in the photos without her guidance! (:
More random, but lovely street art is hidden away in Florence’s streets. A lot of the street signs in Florence have had a makeover by Clet Abraham. Get to know his work by checking out his Instagram account.
Subtle Eastpack publicity hidden in this photo
Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge that survived World War II without any damage. It’s a bridge where cars are forbidden and where you can find dozens of juwelry shops.
In the 16th century, the duke and duchess of Florence decided to build a hallway across the river so they could move from their residence to their palace without mingling with the people. This hallway is visible at the top of the photo and it crosses all the way over the Ponte Vecchio (photo above this one). This photo is made inside the Loggia Dei Lanzi, a covered gallery with beautiful statues.
Between Ponte alle Grazie and Ponte S. Niccolo is a small beach. Amidst all the hassle and bustle of the city you can settle down here with a beer or a bottle of wine.
On the way to Piazzale Michelangelo, the view is already beautiful!
Once on top of the hill at Piazzale Michelangelo, you can enjoy a view all over Florence. The olive fields, churches, the Arno river and the mountains. Definitely worth a visit!
The view (again!) (:
Once you’re done enjoying the view at Piazzele Michelangelo, make sure to walk through the rose garden when walking down. (when facing the river on your left hand). It’s a small maze-like garden full with roses. Down the hill is an exit where you enter the city again.
Sometimes it’s just very nice to sit down along the rive side and enjoy the view, the people, and the sun! (: