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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 – The Mighty Italian Stadium – Colosseum – Rome, ItalyBefore visiting the Colosseum for the first time, it is an absolute must that you sit down and watch the movie Gladiator. Since today the Colosseum sits in partial ruins, you need the action packed images from the film to really help bring this Roman spectacle to life!
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?