I was recently in Florence, Italy, which is an important historic city and former financial center during medieval times. Most of the city is well-preserved, and that’s one of the reasons it’s such a charming city. Despite that there are new buildings, the old ones are intact and there are plenty of museums, art and majestic statues to admire.
Especially the Duomo with its amazing details. It is one of the most amazing churches I’ve ever seen with my own eyes and photographed. And the best part about Florence? It’s easy to get around by foot and you won’t see many cars driving. One of the best things to do in Florence is therefore simply to stroll around and get lost!
This is a part of my postcards series, where I share some of my favorite photos from the places I visit as well as writing something about each photo. Below are some of my favorite shots from my recent trip to Florence.
First off is Il Duomo, or Santa Maria del Fiore, which it’s also known as. We were here twice during our stay, one time in the middle of the day when it was full of people and one time just after sunrise.
Check out the details, Incredible! Imagine if you had a door/entrance like that at home, WOW!
Next photo is taken at the boardwalk along the canal, close to Ponte Vecchio. I love to capture moments like this, they’re so alive and that’s exactly how I felt when walking around in Florence.
In the same area there are plenty of small streets like these, and most of them lead to a cozy square/piazza with trattorias and cafés/bars where you can sit down and enjoy a classic Aperol Spritz, or a good glass of red wine.
Don’t forget to look up. Italy is full of beautiful courtyards with fantastic perspectives when pointing your camera upwards, and Florence is no exception!
Il Mercato Centrale offer many flavors and dishes from Italy, but also international dishes. It’s a popular stop among tourists as well as locals. Here are something for everyone, and you won’t find a shortage of food here. The prices are fair and all in all, Il Mercato Centrale is definitely worth a visit if you like food!
Souvenirs can be found here and there, but mostly at the markets around town or up at Piazzale Michelangelo.
The view from Piazzale Michelangelo. It involves a little bit of walking up hills, but the view is magnificent. If you’re feeling lazy it’s also possible to take a taxi, but the walk is very nice.
As almost everywhere else in Italy, there are gelaterias around every corner. The best thing to do is to visit a gelateria that makes their own Ice cream directly in the store. The photo below is from a gelateria called “Time for Gelato”.
The sunset at Ponte Vecchio is not so bad either. Tourists and locals gather here in the evening along the bridges. Many bring a bottle of wine and a glass, and just sit on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful sunset and street music.
Have you also been to Florence? What did you think? If you haven’t yet been, I can heartily recommend visiting, especially if you like architecture, art, and history.