Florence


Voyages & Images, a photographic guide

Florence possesses an impressive collection of works of art of the Renaissance in museums, churches, palaces and squares. Some of these works are icons recognized by all mankind and produced by some of the most famous artists of history. Besides that, the city is in Tuscany, an Italian region famous for its historical traditions and views. Considering all that, I could not leave Florence out of my journey to Italy in May 2006. The historical center of the city is relatively compact and all attractions can by explored on foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Church of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its huge dome, forms with the bell tower (left) and the baptistery a group of buildings that is a symbol of Florence.

 

The church (images below) is the fourth biggest of Europe and stands out in the historical center of city.

 

The Piazza dela Signoria (left) has been the center of the social e political life in Florence along the centuries and is always crowded with tourists.

Constructed in the Middle Ages, The Palacio Vecchio (below, to the left) is situated at the Piazza della Signoria and houses Florence's city hall, till today. Its majestic tower is one of the symbols of the city.

Among famous statues located at the Piazza della Signoria, like Perseus and The Rape of the Sabine Women, you can find a copy of Michelangelo's David (below, at the center), beside the entrance of Palacio Vecchio, at the exact place the original statue was till 1873.

The original Michelangelo's David (below, to the right), with 5,2 meters of altitude, is inside of the Galleria dell'Accademia. For many visitors, the appreciation of this master piece and icon of mankind is the high point of a visit to Florence.

 

The Uffizi Museum (left) is the largest art museum of Italy. There you can appreciate the main collection of Italian Renaissance paintings: among them the Birth of Venus and Primavera from Botticelli.

 

The Pitti Palace (below, to the left), former residence of the Medicis, shows a collection of works of art gathered by generations of one of the most powerful families of Europe. The palace lies amidst the extensive Boboli Garden, with symmetrical geometrical patterns.

 

The church of Santa Croce (below, to the right) is decorated with frescos of Giotto from the 14th century. There you can find the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileu and Maquiavel

The Arno River cuts Florence and is crossed by many bridges. The oldest of them and the only one that was not destroyed during World War II is the Vecchio Bridge (below, to the right), which houses jewelry stores and is always crowded with tourists.

Not far from the center of the city, you can appreciate views of the Tuscany region with its typical cypress trees and constructions.

From the Piazzale Michelangelo, you can get a special view of the historical center of Florence, specially at the end of the day when it is possible to capture fine images of the Arno River and its bridges, under the light of sunset. Another copy of Michelangelo's David is located at the square.

A visit to Florence is a special opportunity for the photographer, considering its unique gathering of cultural, historical and architectural characteristics.