Florence Italy
City of Florence
Cathedral
Florence at Night
Architecture
Florence at night
Ancient globe
Locks of love on the Ponte Vecchio B
Rower under the bridge
Accordion player on the bridge
Horse feeding in the piazza
View from the Ponte Vecchio
Atop the Duomo
City of Florence
Line of Vespas
Duomo
View from the Midici tower
Ponte Vecchio Windows
Courtyard de Midici
Along the river in Florence
Duomo from the Midici Palace
Across from Il Latini's
Florence one of many sculptures
A multitude of cafes
Ponte Vecchio bridge

We actually tried over 6 gelato cafes and not one compared to the excellent gelato we had in Venice, so do not go by the bright colors as that did not relate to flavor for sure. Restaurants and cafes abound so choose from the many offerings for a glass of wine or a beer but ask a shop owner for information as to where they would eat.

 

The first time in Florence we went to Il Latini's as this seem to have the rave reviews. I slipped my business card under the door to reserve a spot at 7pm as nothing seems to open sooner for dinner. We arrived at 6:15 and the line began to wrap around the corner. Our initial sampling of the food and service was excellent but our second visit two years later, was a disappointment as the food was very salty, limited in flavor and not at all what we had experienced te first visit. Try for yourself as it is a good night out mingling with others if you are grouped at a large table but also try one of the many other recommended restaurants for a good meal.

Florence Italy, the art capitol of the world,

capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, and home to some of the most outstanding architecture and many masterpieces of Renaissance art. The first image here, the Duomo, is also one of the most iconic sights. Engineered by Brunelleschi, it was built as a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome. If you are fit enough to take your time you will enjoy the way up to the top of the dome for a magnificent view of the city. 

 

 

At the opposite end is the bell tower engineered by Giotto. Across the piazza you will find the Galleria dell'Accademia displaying Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. Be sure to also visit the Uffizi Gallery exhibiting Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation. Take in al of the incremental steps and observe many of the intricate aspects of design and architecture within each view.

All images ©S. Stia, G.Kranzle © 2016 Awaytoroam