Florence Cathedral

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  • Day212

    A Taste of Florence

    June 28, 2016 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 70 °F

    Hi everyone! Today we decided to be adventurous and spend the day in Florence, only about 55 miles from Bologna. An easy 90 minute trip when your bus is on time (ours wasn't, but we're used to that by now), going to Florence feels like taking a step back in time. So much of the early renaissance mastery in art, architecture, and literature that the Medici family sponsored in the city is still extant; our tour through the Uffizi gallery (formerly a state palace/showroom for the family, and one of the world's largest museum collections) was one awe-inspiring piece after another, from endless halls of Roman-era sculpture to entire rooms of Michelangelo, a da Vinci collection, a wide array of medieval Christian and early Gothic art... even the ceiling friezes were a celebration of knowledge, with portraits of great thinkers in politics, academia, science, and arts. Plus, the pedestrian organized chaos of the Ponte Vecchio is right behind the gallery.

    Sadly, we didn't really get to enjoy the culinary delights of Florence, as the only thing we ate was takeout pizza while waiting in line at the Duomo. It wasn't like Dominos or anything though - still a big step up from what you are probably imagining. The on-the-run lunch was worth it, though - it gave us the time to explore. The interior of the famous church is spectacular, and late in the day we climbed to the top of the 20-story medieval bell tower for a cool breeze and panoramic view of Florence. Check out the pics!
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  • Day7

    Day 7: The Duomo, Florence

    October 15, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 17 °C

    On day 5 we already seen the outsides of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and did a walk through the centre over Ponte Vecchio, through the Boboli gardens and up the hill to see the sun set from Piazza Michelangelo. On day 6 we enjoyed a few more outdoors and did the museum at the Duomo and went in theTower. From 15:00 onwards we did the wine tour untill we came back 5 hours later. So today we had to finish it off with seeing the insides of the Duomo. So we did wait in the qeue but this time the qeue was a bit longer with the important differenc that the Duomo would open in 20 minutes. So after 20 minutes almost the whole qeue went inside and we could enjoy the beautifull cathedral. After this we had a nice lunch near the accomodation and got the car back with everything inside and all in tact :-D. We could continue our road trip to.... PisaRead more

  • Day10

    Duomo of Florence

    November 10, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    We had been to the Florence Duomo (cathedral) on a previous trip, but I had failed to get an adequate picture of Ghiberti's self-portrait in the doors of the Baptistry. This time I made sure that I got a good one. In 1334 the Florentine Signory approved the design by Giotto of the campanile tower. It is distinguished not by its square shape (which Giotto had hoped to top with a spire), but in the lovely Gothic tracery windows, the reliefs, and in the colored, carved lower panels in marble, carved by Giotto. After his death, the work was carried on by Pisano, Donatello, and Francesco Talenti, to whom the tower owes its crowning glory of the highest arcade with its single Gothic window. There is a story about Brunelleschi's selection to design and construct the tower. He was one of many candidates who interviewed for the job. He told him he would top the tower with a dome, the largest to be built since the Romans built the Pantheon. They asked him how he would do it. He refused to tell them on the grounds that once he explained it, every other architect would copy the idea and claim it as his own. They persisted. Finally he said, "If you can tell me how to stand an egg on its end, then I will tell you how I plan to build the dome." After three weeks of trying to stand an egg on its end, they relented and asked Brunelleschi back for an interview. "We cannot figure out how to stand an egg on end. How would you do it?" "Simple," he said. He took a hard-boiled egg, tapped the end slightly, then set it up on end." "Oh, that's easy," they responeded. "You didn't figure it out," he told them. "We could have done so," they said. He answered, "Similarly, once I build the dome, everyone else will say that they could have done it." They gave him the job, and he built the dome.Read more

  • Day10

    The Piazza of Il Castello Vecchio

    November 10, 2014 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

    Il Castello Vecchio, the "Old Castle," was the home of Lorenzo di Medici, and thus it became the de facto capital of the Florentine Republic. It was used as the center of government long after Lorenzo the Magnificent built for himself a more modest dwelling (at least from the outside) a few blocks away. The plaza in front of the building holds many statues made by renaissance artists. Some are copies of classical models, such as "The Dying Gaul," and the "Rape of the Sabine Women." It was raining hard the day we arrived, so we took shelter under the roof of the gallery.Read more

  • Day26

    In der Hauptstadt der Toskana

    June 20 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Angekommen in Florenz, war die Agenda schnell aufgestellt: botanischer Garten, Museo Leonardo da Vinci, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze, Museo Galileo, Ponte Vecchio und zum Abschluss einen Blick über Florenz vom Platz Michelangelo. Wir wussten, dass wir nicht ganz Florenz würden sehen können und selbst bei den Sehenswürdigkeiten die wir anschauen wollten, nicht alles würden aufnehmen können. Aber einen Eindruck gewinnen wollten wir.
    Im Museo Leonardo da Vinci wird mit vielen Nachbauten gezeigt, welche Gedanken und Ideen dieser Mann hatte, und wie diese das Verständnis in so vielen Bereichen einen gewaltigen Sprung nach vorne gebracht haben. Von (Blech-) Falztechniken die noch heute ohne größere Änderungen so angewendet werden, über Ideen zu Flugobjekten bis zu Forschungen über und Darstellungen des menschlichen Körpers. Diese waren lange Zeit fundamental und, wir erinnern uns an gestern, waren Basis an der Universität in Bologna in diesem Bereich.
    Ein Blick aus dem Museo heraus, die Straße entlang, und wir konnten schon das Wahrzeichen von Florenz sehen, die Cattedrale! Ein unbeschreibliches und überdimensionales Monument. Die schiere Größe, die detaillierten Verzierungen und die Farben selbst lassen das ganze steinerne Kunstwerk in seiner beeindruckenden Art surreal wirken. Da dieses Ziel nicht das einzige auf unserer Route war, und wir unsere Zeit nicht der Warterei opfern wollten, blieb uns nur ein Blick von außen darauf. Im Zwiespalt zwischen dem nagen Mittagshunger, dem Zeitdruck (nur ein Tag Florenz) und dem Wunsch auch kulinarisch, Florenz den besten Eindruck abzugewinnen, haben wir Google vertraut und eine Panini Local aufgesucht. Es war direkt an der Cattedrale, und wir wurden sofort von einem älteren Herren herein gewunken. Als wir in der Schlange standen wurde uns klar, dass das teuer werden würde, und als uns der erste Mitarbeiter Stücke zum Probieren des möglichen Belages anbot, dachten wir, dass das nicht gut enden würde, aber nach dem ersten Bissen, wussten wir, es muss sein! Das Resümee: ein richtig gutes Mittagessen auf die Hand, direkt an dem Wahrzeichen von Florenz und das für 6 Euro 😍
    Beflügelt von dem leckeren Essen sind wir zu den anderen Zielen aufgebrochen, als uns am späten Nachmittag ein anderer Anblick zum Probieren verlockt hat: Ein Lokal welches Eis anbietet (ja - noch nicht spannend) mit einer Wand im Hintergrund an der Schokolade runter läuft (wer brauch schon einen Schokobrunnen) und Eis, welches tatsächlich nach dem schmeckt, dessen Namen es trägt (z. B. Melone wird wirklich aus Melone gemacht - keine künstlichen Zusatzstoffe). Später wurde uns klar, dass es bei einem solchem Qualitätsanspruch nicht verwunderlich ist, dass Vanille nicht angeboten wurde.
    Zunächst haben wir uns zum Platz von Michelangelo aufgemacht. Oben angekommen wird spätestens klar, wie dominant die Cattedrale ist!
    Die Ponte Vecchio haben wir auf den Schluss gelegt, damit wir zuerst einen Blick aus der Ferne auf die Brücke werfen können. Aus der Ferne betrachtet ist sie als Brücke auch klar erkennbar. Bei der Überquerung ist sie nicht wieder zu erkennen - es könnte eine völlig normale Einkaufsstraße sein...
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  • Day1

    Palazzo Gamba, Florence, Italy

    May 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Tuesday, May 30 - Sunday, June 4, 2017
    Apartment at Palazzo Gamba

    What a great location. We can almost reach out and touch the Duomo and the Baptistry. We can hear live violin and cello music every evening. The sunrises and sunsets are amazing! There are people everywhere! We have left the windows opemed

    Conveniently located on the main square of Florence’s historical centre, Piazza del Duomo, Palazzo Gamba apartment building is about 40 feet from the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, a wonderful 5 minutes walk from the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and all the major attractions in Florence downtown.

    Positives: Location, location, location. It couldn’t be beat. In several minutes you could be at the Ponte Vecchio, The Uffizi, Accademia, Boboli Gardens, Piazza della Signora, The Pitti Palace, or just strolling along the Arno.

    You will find yourself in the liveliest area of Florence, surrounded by a maze of noble palaces and narrow streets that preserve the quiet atmosphere of a small-town and a unique flowering of artistic masterpieces and romantic sceneries. The start of the pedestrian zone of Florence historical centre is just across the street; this means you will never need cabs or buses to fully experience the most romantic restaurants and wine bars of the city, stylish boutiques, clubs and magnificent squares that stage Florence’s traditional events. If you like to return to the room during the day for a little rest breaks, the central location of Palazzo Gamba will allow it without stresses.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Kathedrale von Florenz, Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore

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