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Piazza della Signoria

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  • Day26

    Red Garter

    June 4, 2015 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Tonight we went to Red Garter for drinks and a little bit of karaoke! The cocktails were huge and everyone was getting a bit tipsy. Highlight of the night was when Will got up on stage and sung 'Sweet Home Alabama', he was awesome - everyone was on their feet singing and dancing!

  • Day139

    Florence

    August 7, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    With James and Steph in tow we set off for Florence. Its a long travel day so we happily check into our airbnb and settle in for the night watching Gladiator (after being inspired by the Colloseum visit!) on the home cinema (ipad).

    We spend 3 nights in Florence, hitting all the sights (still as beautiful as ever), take lots of photos and buy lots of leather (mainly Steph although Suki got a new handbag too!).

    Inbetween all the photo taking we eat a lot of cheese, ham and olives, drink lots of wine and cook lots of Italian themed dishes. Its actually just really nice chilling out and relaxing with friends after being on the road for a while now.. over 4 months and counting!
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  • Day25

    Mercato Nuovo, Florence

    September 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We basically did our own walking tour of Florence and first on the list was the New Markets, Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. While the stalls are similar to what we have at home, the location was not. Held in a loggia built around the middle of the 16th century, it was initially intended for the sale of silk and luxury goods and then for the famous straw hats. Today mainly leather goods and souvenirs are sold. We had been told how busy the market would be and to haggle, haggle, haggle, and that we would be approached as soon as we picked an item up but that was not the case at all. The sellers were not at all interested in selling us anything. Brad was wanting to buy a belt and even Brad didn’t haggle as he really wanted it and thought they wouldn’t care if they lost the sale. Needless to say, he paid too much and even told them to keep the change. It wasn’t the experience we expected to have.

    On the southern side of the markets is the bronze fountain of a boar, called Il Porcellino by the locals, which means piglet in Italian. The fountain figure was originally sculptured and cast in 1633 and intended for the Boboli Garden, however the present statue is a modern copy, cast in 1998 and replaced in 2008. Somehow this unassuming fountain has made its way onto the “things to see in Florence” list and copies of this statue can be found around the world, in the Louvre in Paris and even in a Sydney Hospital. If you didn’t know about this famous fountain, you would walk right past it and not even know it was there as it is not huge in statue and not in a prominent location.

    A tradition that the Scottish literary traveller Tobias Smollett noted in 1766, and is still followed today, is for visitors to put a coin into the boar’s jaws, with the intent to let it fall through the underlying grating for good luck and then rubbing the boar’s snout to ensure a return to Florence. We made sure we followed this tradition as we would do anything to ensure a return to Italy. The coins are then given to local charities and knowing this, we were quite disgusted to see some of the locals stealing the coins. Brad even called them on it and they backed off.
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  • Day25

    Piazza della Signoria, Florence

    September 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Next stop was Piazza della Signoria, the L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio and the political focus of the city. The buildings surrounding this square are amazing and some of the most important in the city, including the 14th century Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and the Loggia della Signoria. We didn’t go into any of the buildings this time as it was quite busy but we did have a wander around. Because the Loggia is an open-air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art including the Medici lions, we did get to admire and photograph the statues, along with the other imposing statues surrounding the piazza, including a copy of Michelangelo’s David, the Equestrian Monument of Cosimo I, Hercules and Cacus and the Fountain of Neptune to name a few.

    Neptune’s Fountain, even though it was under restoration, what we could see through the gaps was extremely impressive. The great thing about the restoration work is the city have covered the scaffolding with the history of the fountain and it was a very interesting read. It would be great to see it fully restored and working when we return.

    It is amazing to see how intricately some of the buildings have been adorned and the craftmanship and artistry of the many sculptures and statues. It is a very impressive square.
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  • Day21

    Florence..yeah...na?

    September 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    We were at the Siena railway station by 8am for our train for Florence – this was a “Treno Pronto” which meant that is was a fast train although it still took about an hour and a half. The Tuscan countryside is really rather lovely, you pass through a series of tunnels to get past the hills of Siena and then are passing through a wide valley with farms and hill towns on either side. The main crops seem to be grapes, olives and sunflowers, the last having now dried off but which would have been a lovely display a few weeks back. Approaching Florence it is back through a further long tunnel to pass the Florentine hills and into the city.
    Arriving at Santa Maria Nouvella main station we quickly found the tourist office and received our map and helpful directions from the lovely lady. We headed off towards one of the town markets – this was a central food market stuffed with the most wonderful and tempting things (oh to be self catering….mmmmm) and surrounded by leather stalls as well as the usual tourist rubbish. We had a bit of a wander and splashed out on a few purchases.
    The next stop was the large main square of Florence – this contains the main cathedral and bell tower and the baptisry – it also contained SOOOO many tourists and some intermittent rain! The Cathedral, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the Roman Catholic mother church of the city. It was named for the lily (fiore), the city's symbol. The church was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. Construction commenced in 1296 and finally completed in 1436 with the help of Filippo Brunelleschi's engineering of the huge dome which is a further symbol of the city. The original façade was destroyed in 1587 and only in 1864 did Emilio De Fabis create the Gothic Revival replacement. The building's exterior is covered with marble panels of various shapes and sizes in shades of green, white and pink and looks kind of like a deranged liquorice allsort. In contrast the interior seems somewhat sparse – it has the usual stained glass and the some paintings, statues etc but compared to some other churches we had seem it was relatively plain, although what did stand out was the massiveness of the structure towering ceilings, massive columns very widely spaced. From there we had a look at the outside Campinalle (bell tower), this was created by Giotto between 1334 and 1337 when he died and Andrea Pisano took over the task until 1348. Francesco Talenti completed the tower from 1350 to 1359. The exterior is covered in a geometrical pattern of Carrara green marble, white marble and red marble from Siena. It is 84.7 m high, however we declined to pay the 15Euro to join the very long line to climb the 414 steps to the top, despite the lure of the view. We also had a look at the outside of the Baptistry – famous for its beautiful doors - eastern door, the Gates of Paradise, is the best known of the Baptistery doors and has ten panels depicting scenes from the Bible. We took photo’s and moved on.
    Heading towards the Uffizi Gallery we kind of hit the wall and needed a coffee (and the toilet) we clearly made a bad choice when we were slugged 10Euro for 2 coffees (We thus felt no compunctions as to utilising their tables to prepare and make our snack of liberated breakfast items and to make free and full use of their toilet facilities). Passing through a square filled with replica art (Including a fake David???) we arrived at the Uffizi only to be told we could wait in the line for about an hour and a half or pay the extra 4Euro to go “straight in”. This turned out to be a fib, we could stand in a line to discover that we could pay an extra 4euro to wait for an hour to get in….. I was REALLY over art and queues and crowds by this time so we gave up on that idea and walked to the Ponte di Vecchio.
    Ponte Vecchio is one of the most striking and “iconic” (I think that is probably an overused word in Italy and tourism) of Florence's six bridges; it is thought to date back as far as the Romans however this structure collapsed from flood damage in 1117 and again in 1333, 12 years later it was rebuilt and then rebuilt again in 1565. The bridge also survived World War II when the German's destroyed all of the city's bridges except this one. The bridge has three graceful arches supporting the covered crossing which was topped with stores (selling overpriced, high-end jewellery to really silly tourists) and houses under the porticos. We strolled across and tool photo’s but didn’t bother with the shops.
    We headed up the hill (it is very steep on the other side of the Arno) to visit the Boboli Gardens – this is a 45 hectare garden (10 Euro… ching ching!) winding up the hill opposite the city. The tourist blurb says: “the Boboli gardens are one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence that embraces another site of culture in Florence, the Pitti Palace. The park hosts centuries-old oak trees, sculptures, fountains and offers peaceful shelter from the warm Florentine sun in summer, the beautiful colours of the changing foliage in the fall and smells of blooming flowers in the spring. The Boboli gardens are a spectacular example of "green architecture" decorated with sculptures” . It was certainly lovely with lots of hedge bordered paths, views and best of all it was quiet and free from the tourist hoards.
    Exiting the Gardens near the Forte Belvedere (a massive star shaped fort that is now the museum of contemporary art – more euros: no thanks, I was over handing out euros to look as stuff, over art and over churches! Do you get the feeling I was not having a great day!?). We then walked down a massive hill before climbing another on (including lots of steps) to Piazzale Michelangelo – this WAS worth it as the view an the lovely cool breeze was fantastic we paused a while to enjoy the vista of the Arno and of Florence AND another fake David statue - I think they infest the city.
    Descending we walked through the city towards the station – pausing for Kirstin to buy some more leather, however as I was brewing a migraine and we were both over the crush and crowds of tourists we decided to take the earlier train option and headed back to Siena on the 5.10pm train. Arriving back at the hotel at about 7pm it was drinks in the bar then dinner (they offered me a lovely Salmon with salad – they ARE trying after all. After diner we were also able to sort out our issues (Thanks to the wonderful girl on reception – such a contrast to the grumpy buggers we had been dealing with) with booking a hydrofoil from Sorrento to Naples on the 16th (I couldn’t work out the Italian website – google translate seemed to be suggesting that I needed to book passage for either my armchar, my baby, my animal or my bicycle!
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  • Day106

    Florence, Italy

    August 20, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    What a beautiful city Florence is!! I didn't know what to expect coming here but having no expectations has meant I haven't been disappointed. It is a very old city, similar to Rome, but the place is so alive with heaps of locals and tourists which automatically makes you love the place. We were able to visit all the main sites in one day but the highlights of Florence include the best spinach and ricotta ravioli in Italy, the best spaghetti and meatballs in Italy, and the best gelato in Italy! Finally we've found some decent Italian food and gelato, I was beginning to wonder what all the fuss was about. Our hotel was up five flights of stairs so a bit of a challenge each day for Nana but the three of us sure did work for our twice a day gelato. The snickers, Nutella and lemon gelatos were amazing!! Florence is interesting in that there wasn't one particular thing that made me love it and as I look back on photos there's nothing spectacular but the vibe of the place was so enjoyable and alive that it is definitely a memorable city.Read more

  • Day19

    Florence - Day 18 Tour - Rest Day

    August 14, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Neither Kirah or I feeling fantastic today, having a rest day today.

    Kirah catching up on her video editing and I'm reading.

    Went out and had Pizza tonight and an Iced Latte and back to the hotel. About all we could manage and still not feeling great.

  • Day15

    Florenz

    June 4, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Wir fuhren wie zuvor angedacht nach Florenz und suchten uns eine Strecke, die größtenteils über die Landstraße führte. So führte unser Weg noch einmal mitten durch die typische Toskana-Landschaft.

    In Florenz steuerten wir dann als erstes die Piazzale Michelangelo an. Von hier aus hat man einen tollen Blick über die gesamte Stadt. 🖒 Direkt nebenan entdeckten wir dann auch einen Campingplatz, der leider nur für Zelte ausgelegt ist und und nicht aufnahm.

    So irrten wir eine Weile in Florenz umher, um einen geeigneten Stell- oder Campingplatz zu finden. Gelandet sind wir dann letztlich auf einem Campingplatz, der gerade neu ist und noch ausgebaut wird. Der Pool ist leider noch nicht fertig.😐 Der Platz liegt 5 km außerhalb des Stadtzentrums, ist aber in der Nähe einer Bushaltestelle gelegen. Der Bus fährt in knapp 15 Minuten direkt bis in die Innenstadt und so fuhren wir am frühen Abend mit dem Bus.🚌 Leider war es in der Stadt sehr voll. Selbst mit entsprechender Langzeitbelichtung sind nicht alle Personen von den Bildern zu bekommen gewesen. Als wir dann nach 23 Uhr zurück am Campingplatz waren, war ich nur noch müde. Leider bin ich noch immer nicht ganz fit und das macht sich zeitweise bemerkbar. Aber wir machen das Beste draus... 😊
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  • Day3

    Florenz

    July 16, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Besichtigung der Kathedrale und der Uffizien. danach ging es weiter über die Ponte Vecchio zum Palazzo Pitti.
    Am Abend haben wir die Aussicht von der Piazzale Michelangelo genossen und uns ein schnuckeliges Restaurant gesucht.

    Live could be worse 😉

  • Day12

    Day 11 - First Day In Florence

    August 21, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    ‍At around 3 am John's phone rang and it was the aides from Merica House where Matt lives called to let us know that Matt was running a fever. John suggested they give him aspirin or Tylenol. He also told them that we were in Italy and 6 hours ahead of them, but to call us if the situation got worse (not that we thought it would.

    After breakfast, we enjoyed a wonderful lecture on At and History by Elaine Ruffolo, an Art History expert. Her specialty was Economic Art History and she teaches at the Syracuse University in Florence.

    After the lecture, we met our guides and walked to the Accademia to see Michael Angelo's sculpture of David (among other statues).  After seeing the David statue, our guide took us to the Duomo and then to the Piazza della Repubblica.  Then we had free time to explore on our own.  We decided to get lunch first and we went to the Yellow Bar.   Prior to being seated, they showed us where their homemade pasta is made.  I had their pasta stuffed with ricotta and spinach. It was wonderful.  And I had my first Italian beer - Toscana.  John had a pizza with ham and Tonic water.

    Our plan was to visit the Galileo Museum and the Cathedral Museum after lunch.  However, both Museums were closed on Tuesdays.  So instead we wandered around for a while and then gathered up our dirty laundry and found a nearby self-serve laundromat.  To kill some time and to get change, I found a little shop where I could get fresh squeezed orange juice (squeezed while I watched).  Once our clothes were did, we returned to the hotel to shower and change for dinner.

    Dinner was at Restaurant Paoli, a medieval restaurant, where we enjoyed a typical Tuscan dinner.  We could again select three courses.  I decided to forego pasta since I had had it for lunch and instead chose a "vegetable pie" that was more like spinach torte with no crust for my first course.   For my second course, I selected the beef filet with a balsamic and mustard sauce.  It was delicious and very tender.  For the third course I selected dessert from the dessert cart.  The best part of the dessert was that I could get small pieces of more than one of the dessert.  I selected the chocolate balls that were like round Nepolians in a chocolate sauce and I selected a custard torte.  Both were wonderful.   And of course there was plenty of wine (everyone at our table had the white one - although all of us had either beef or pork).  

    We returned to our hotel around 9:30 pm. I read for a while and then turned in.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Piazza della Signoria, Площад Синьория, Plaza de la Señoría, כיכר הסיניוריה, シニョリーア広場, 시뇨리아 광장, Piazza della Signoria we Florencji, Площадь Синьории, Signoria Meydanı, 领主广场

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