FLORENCE - TUSCANY

Our time in Tuscany featured a number of stunning medieval towns. The largest of which is Florence. Unlike many of the other towns we visited in Tuscany Florence is not built on top of a hill for protection.

Read more on the(Wiki link) and for more great photos I would recommend a google image search on florence.

FLORENCE

Town Map
Florence lies on the River Arno. It is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, under the Medici it became one of the wealthiest cities of the time. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. UNESCO has designated the historic centre of Florence as a World Heritage Site.
The Basilica of Santa Croce. Both Galileo's and Michelangelo's tombs are there. The Basilica from across the Piazza.
The fountain at the far end of the Piazza Santa Croce.
The Palazzo della Signoria, better known as the Palazzo Vecchio. The weather is setting in and the clouds look awesome.
The Palazzo Vecchio is surrounded by a collection of statues including a replica of David. More sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi beside the Palazzo Vecchio. Towards the Piazza della Repubblica.
From the Piazza Signoria we pass the Uffizi gallery. Uffizi Gallery with Palazzo Vecchio looming over it.
The Duomo seen dramatically with the back drop of rain clouds. The Baptistery features the bronze doors the "Gates of Paradise". The Gates of Paradise face towards the Duomo. These are replicas.
Caught in the rain.
San Firenze complex.
San Marco.
Porta San Gallo. Narrow medieval cobbled streets. Just can't steel this.... or maybe it is a heavy smoker sign?
Famous view of the bridge. The Ponte Vecchio.
Buildings along the Ponte Vecchio. Looking back down the Ponte Vecchio to the Duomo.
Ruminants of the old city walls.
Florence by night. Palazzo Vecchio. Basilica of Santa Croce.
The Duomo. David (another copy). Ponte Vecchio.

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