“Visiting Florence was like attending a surprise party every day.” – Jennifer Coburn, author
Florence, as foreigners and tourists call this city, is known to locals as Firenze. Previously, it was called Florentia in Latin, then Fiorenza in Old Italian.
So many things to see in Florence so I had to have a second part to my wanderings in this beautiful city.
Aside from the famous Duomo and the Basilica of San Groce, which I have featured in my previous post about Florence, we also happened to pass by the San Gaetano also known as Church of San Michele is a Baroque church in Florence, located in the Piazza Antinori.
Walking on the busy Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and seeing the shops built into the bridge. This is a very Instagram perfect bridge as you can see in my previous post, just try and avoid the crowd!
Just a few minutes walk, you will get to Piazza della Signoria, which is the main and most famous square of Florence. It has been the centre of Florence since the 14th century. But in present times it has been a centre for rallies, festivals, exhibits and events.
Here in the Piazza, you’ll find just in walking distance to each other several iconic tourist attractions of Florence, like the Palazzo Vecchio, the Neptune Fountain, several statues and the Uffizi Gallery.
Pallazo Vecchio (Old Palace) is the townhall of Florence.
Equestrian Statue of Cosimo in Signora Square
Hercules and Cacus is a white marble statue by Bandinelli.
Perseus With the Head of Medusa Statue is a bronze sculpture by Cellini which stands upon a square base.
The statue of The Rape of a Sabine Women which shows the incident in Roman mythology in which the men of Rome committed a mass abduction of young women from the other cities of Italy.
Fountain of Neptune is a marble carved sculpture of the Roman god Neptune, by Bartolomeo Ammannati.
Around the corner from Piazza della Signoria is the world famous Uffizi Gallery. Here you will find an array of outdoor statues, monuments and fountains and an impressive collection of Renaissance art.
There was a lot of people having their caricature done on the steps by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Some people, like me, bought a beautiful Italian hand painted artworks. But don’t worry I haggled to put the price down haha
Work of art that we found in one of the small galleries in Florence.
Its time for a smoothie.
And now we say, “Goodbye, till we meet again.” to this wonderful city of Firenze.
Planning a trip to Florence? And if you’re into art, sculpture and architecture then I suggest that you go for about 4 days or more. We went for two days and that was way too short to really appreciate Florence.
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