Friday, April 29, 2011

My Summer in Europe: Pictures from lovely Florence, Italy

Florence is a must-see if you're going to Italy. It's just so beautiful. I went there for a day in the winter after I graduated college, and wished I had had more time. This summer we stayed for two days so I got to see more of this charming city. While the weather was much nicer in the summer, in the winter it was a treat because there were very few tourists about. If you can somehow manage to go in the Fall or early Spring that would probably be your best bet.



The famous Ponte Vecchio. The bridge is pedestrian and lined with jewelers.

The architecture in Florence is stunning and an interesting mix...

Piazza della Signoria

From my winter trip

There is an popular open-air sculpture garden in the famous
Piazza della Signoria

Inside the Palazzo Vecchio - the most prominent building in Piazza della Signoria

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is unforgettable



The Baptistery of St. John boasts the famous bronze doors Michelangelo dubbed "The Gates of Paradise"


The beautiful Santa Maria Novella...

Anyone here been to Florence? What did you think?

Here's that list again of all my posts from our travels that I've posted -

Spain

•Introduction to my European backpacking trip and a list of places we visited
Galicia - Baiona and Isle de Cies
Galicia - the coast, some charming vineyards, and Pontevedra
Santiago de Compostela and gorgeous hidden beaches
Gorgeous mountain lakes of Picos de Europa
Stunning mountains - Picos de Europa
Bilbao and San Sebastian
Beautiful Barcelona
The amazing Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
Art Nouveau dream house by Gaudi in Barcelona

Italy

Not to miss - the gorgeous rocky coast of Italy's Cinque Terre
More from my summer traveling Europe - amazing Rome
From my summer in Europe - amazing Pompeii
Turquoise ocean and vineyards on cliffs - the amazingly stunning Amalfi coast

6 comments:

Lisarek said...

I love seeing the photos again. My husband and I were married there in 1998. Still beautiful after all of these years.

Amanda Barnhardt said...

My trip to Florence felt like being in a fairytale. I love seeing photos that others have taken on their trips their and saying, "Hey, I've been there!". I terribly miss the market with all the wines, cheeses and salamis. And the perfect little restaurant across the street called ZaZa. Glad you had fun, and thanks for posting these!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

I've never been to Florence, so I really appreciate the lovely photo tour. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Ann said...

One of my most favorite cities. Every step you take, every glance down an alley is memorable.

Wonderful to see again.

Anonymous said...

It looks dirty.

Love Design Company said...

the ponte vecchio! beautiful! it brings back so many memories. lovely photo tour..i really love your blog!

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