FlorenceNovember 10, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C
Wandering back to the hotel Strozzi Palace.
Wandering back to the hotel Strozzi Palace.
The Duomo di Pisa, the Pisa Cathedral, is a very impressive medieval Roman Catholic cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Construction began in 1063, the same year St Mark’s Basilica in Venice began its construction and there was a strong rivalry between the two republics to see which could create the most beautiful and luxurious place of worship.
Consecrated in 1118, it was enlarged in the 12th century, restored after a fire in 1595, and altered again in the early 18th century. More restorative changes occurred in the 19th century with the removal of newer changes in favour of returning some of the significant early features.
The exterior of the cathedral is just as beautiful and elaborate as the interior and is striking from every angle. It is a photographer’s dream, the iconic marble building, the lush green grass and the amazingly blue sky. Very picturesque.
Inside, the church houses the relics of Saint Rainerius, patron saint of Pisa, and the fragmentary tomb of Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor. The tombs, the alters, the pulpit are a feast for the eyes, decorated in elaborate and famous art works, marble sculptures and panels. The amazing coffered ceiling with its 16th century fresco is breathtaking.
Once again we are blown away by the workmanship, the history and the beauty. Who knew we would love visiting churches so much??!!Read more
I went by myself early in the morning just to photograph the doors of the Baptistry of the Duomo. The originals have been removed and placed indoors to avoid further damage. These copies are replicas of the originals. Even so, they are magnificent. They depict scenes of the Bible.Read more
We arrived in Florence, yesterday, late afternoon, totally exhausted after our huge day. We hadn’t counted on having to return to Cinque Terre to collect some of our belongings that hadn’t been removed from our accommodation. Needless to say we had been on the go since the sun rose and were not in the happiest of moods when we arrived in Florence. Finding our accommodation was a feat in itself, with there being very few street names and numbers, and what we didn’t realise was our flat was above some shops. We eventually found our accommodation for the next few days and it was pretty good, odd but good.
After an earlyish night, that we desperately needed, we headed out to explore Florence. We made our way to the Duomo Piazza and did the totally tourist thing and had breakfast sat admiring the Cathedral and Baptistery at Brunelleschi Bistrot. We had read so much about avoiding eating in the main tourist sites as the food won’t be the best and the prices would be dearer, but I have to say we loved our breakfast and it wasn’t expensive at all. In fact, we enjoyed breakfast there so much we returned again another day. Sometimes it is all about the location and we were lucky the food and price didn’t sour that for us.
Florence, like all Italian cities is an old city but there were lots of modern touches contrasting with the historic buildings. There were some big, bright, shiny sculptures, art on the building and lots of cool and unusual street art pieces around the city. And some of the window displays were amazing. I think our favourite and most surprising shop was the one dedicated to just rubber duck for the bath, in all sorts of themes. I have no idea how they even survive business wise, but in saying that we were so enthralled, we bought two for friends at home.
I love the contrasts of the city; I love the old and the new. It added extra interest to an already interesting place.Read more
Docked close to Livorno at about 6.30am. It's gonna be a hot one today - high thirtys, ouch.
After another amazing breakfast, we were in another minivan, this time heading into Florence. Plan was to tick off seeing the statue of David and then to see the leaning tower of Pisa. We got to one... the trip to Florence should have taken an hour and a half, but ended up three hours! OMG, the traffic was crazy slow on the highway. Our tour guide said that with this traffic we would never get to Pisa in a half hour and back to the ship in time. I was so disappointed.
It was scorching hot so we did a slow wander around the city. Saw David and his other statue mates. Saw some stunning architecture. Ate gelato, drunk tiny espresso coffees, then pizza and prosecco. Food ticked off.Read more
Da die Italiener fahren wie die Irren war es eine turbulente Fahrt hier her denn wir sind haarscharf an einem Crash vorbei und nun heil hier gelandet. Jetzt schauen wir uns diese tolle Stadt an und die Jungs sammeln eifrig Pokemons🙂Read more
Before our group left the hotel I walked back to the cathedral to get some detailed shots of the elegant green, rose, and white marble. Every inch of the exterior is sculpted into a work of art.
Das Parkhaus am Bahnhof war perfekt für uns und nicht weit zu laufen in die Stadt.
Die Kathedrale hat mich sehr beeindruckt. Nicht nur die Größe, die Kuppel und der Glockenturm, sondern der helle Stein und farbige Marmor, einfach klasse!
Wir sahen noch die Nachbildung von Michelangelos David, den Palazzo Vecchio und die Uffizien - die Stadtverwaltung und Büros. Sogar der heutige Bürgermeister soll dort noch seinen Sitz haben. Wir liefen zur Brücke Ponte Vecchio mit zahlreichen Juweliergeschäften und hoch zum Aussichtspunkt Belvedere.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Battistero di Firenze