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Photo of the Day – Duomo Top View – Florence, ItalyThere are many places to check-out the stunning Florence Cityscape and one that I enjoyed this week was from atop Il Duomo. This famous dome sits on top of the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower and has been there since its completion in 1436. Yes, for nearly 600 years!
One of the craziest things about it is that you can actually climb all the way to the top. Next, you spiral around and up the side of the dome (inside). And finally, you stand on top of the dome with this magnificent view of Florence.
As you can probably see, I didn’t have the best weather. In fact, I took this shot in between wiping down the lens from the rain that was coming down pretty good. I was the first one up to the top (got there at 8:15 – doors open at 8:30) which afforded me plenty of room to move around. Add this to your list of things to do in Florence … you’re going to be busy
PS: Be ready to climb – it is a solid 10-15 minutes of non-stop stairs!
Photo of the Day – Golden Hour Michelangelo Style – Firenze, ItalyThe Golden Hour is one of the best times (if not THE best) to photograph just about anything that is effected by the light of the sun. Here in Florence, there are several places to see the incredible Florence Cityscape (AV #47) from, but my personal favorite is Piazzale Michelangelo.
What makes this specific location breathtaking for a view of the city is that it is just high enough to gain a top down perspective, but also not too far away so that you can’t see specific buildings and details which make the city come to life. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo during sunset is particularly spectacular and it absolutely should not be missed when you visit!
Photo of the Day – Ancient Illumination – Ponte Vecchio – Florence, ItalyWith the change in our travel plans came a rare opportunity to do something I usually can’t do for long periods of time – visit family! Now you may be wondering what that has to do with travel, but I’m here to tell you Lucky for me, my Mom moved to Florence, Italy in 2010. Florence is home to two different AbsoluteVisits – #47, The Florence Cityscape and #94, The Uffizi Gallery! So, here I am in Florence for two weeks which will be jam-packed with exploring everything Florence has to offer.
First up, the Ponte Vecchio! This beautiful bridge never gets old to look at and explore. This time, my Mom and I happened to be getting around town well after dark when I captured this shot. I shared a couple photos of the bridge previously (here and here), but you can see how different it looks at night in this photo.
I hope you enjoy this photo and I’ll have more coming from one of the most beautiful places in the world (and easiest to take photos of!).
Photo of the Day – Close-up with the Ponte Vecchio – Florence, ItalyPonte means bridge and Vecchio means old in Italian. There are many many bridges that cross the Arno, but none like the Ponte Vecchio. This bridge is adored by locals and tourists alike and is a favorite of mine for walking on, taking photos from and taking photos of.
Most photos of the bridge you’ll find are taken from another bridge – like this one. But for this shot, I really wanted to show off how cool this bridge is. As you can see, there are building structures of various depths hanging off the edge of the bridge only held by what seem to be spindly and unstable pieces of hundred year old wood. But, this is why I love it!
With the bridges classic Tuscan yellow painted walls and green shutters, I can’t get enough of this bridge. And, although the bridge itself is not an AbsoluteVisit, it is certainly a must visit when you find yourself in Florence (Florence Cityscape – AbsoluteVisit #47)!
Photo of the Day – Clock Tower of Palazzo Vecchio – Florence, ItalyThe Clock Tower of Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most iconic symbols in Florence. The tower sits high above Piazza della Signoria and is classic in so many ways. My favorite thing to do is to sit beneath the clock tower in the Piazza while listening to music and sharing some wine.
What else would you expect in Italy?
Photo of the Day – The Bridges of Florence – Florence, ItalyThe Florence Cityscape is intriguing for many reasons, but one of them is certainly the bridges that cross the Arno River. One of my favorite things to do from this vista (Piazzale Michelangelo) is to look down the river and study each and every bridge. There are 8 bridges in this photo, do you see them?
Photo of the Day – Florence Cityscape at Dusk – Florence, ItalyI may be a little biased since my Mom now lives here, but this view never gets old. Whenever I visit Florence, this is second on my list to do only to drinking some Italian wine with my Mom. In fact, if you are an Italophile like she is, check-out her blog, An American in Italy.
Photo of the Day – A 667 Year Old Bridge – The Ponte Vecchio – Florence, ItalyAt 667 years old, the Ponte Vecchio is extremely old! In fact, it was the only bridge remaining in Florence (The Florence Cityscape is AV #47) after World War II and was originally built in the year 996 CE.
I helped my Mom move to Florence in September of 2010 and found this incredible view in front of me while bouncing around town doing some errands. The bridge, which is laden with jewelry shops, is always beautiful, but with picturesque clouds, a great reflection, and the perfect sky-blue, this scene really speaks to me.
This photo actually brings me to an interesting point about exploring while traveling. There are many things in many cities that are amazing to actually experience. In this case, walking the Ponte Vecchio is what I’m talking about and while that in itself is great, stepping outside of the normal perspective to check something out will give you a whole new perspective!
Photo of the Day – Rooftop of The Duomo – Florence, ItalyIf you have ever been to Florence, Italy then you know how enchanting the view of Florence’s rooftops are (a good reason that it’s an AbsoluteVisit). My favorite place to view them from and a must for any visitor is Piazzale Michelangelo. The view is fantastic and makes for the perfect spot to watch the sun drop into the Arno (the river that runs through Florence).
This specific photo is of The Duomo which peaks out of Florence’s rooftops clearly from this angle. The Duomo is magnificent and often keeps your eyes attached to it for minutes at a time.
What other viewpoints would you recommend to see Florence?