I was lucky enough to visit Florence, on a shore excursion whilst I was on my Royal Caribbean cruise, I found it the most amazing and emotional place. I have always wanted to visit Italy, so it felt like a dream come true to at last be there.
In this post I am going to showcase (hopefully) through my photographs, the amazing history of Florence, through its buildings, architecture, and sculpture. I was however, also absolutely blown away by the art in the Museums such as the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. The art work took my breath away, priceless art pieces, that I had only seen before in books, or on the internet, I actually saw first hand…amazing! Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photographs, so as my guide suggested, take the photographs with your eyes, and imprint them in you heart….I love that.
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), whose most striking feature is the multitude of shops built upon its edges, held up by stilts. Even on a dullest day the bridge looks so striking. The old bridge also carries Vasari’s elevated corridor linking the Uffizi to the Medici residence (Palazzo Pitti), which you can see in the below photograph.
Though going on a shore excursion is fast paced, it really does give you an incredible in site into the area. This was our guide for Florence, and later Pisa. Her knowledge of Art was incredible, and I adored her passion.
Benvenuto Cellini’s 1545 bronze sculpture of Perseus with the head of Medusa
I know it’s a gory statue, but I just loved that the infamous Medusa, whose head turns men to stone was so appropriately surrounded by three huge marble statues of men: Hercules, David and Neptune. I was an incredibly impressive square.
East doors, or Gates of Paradise, by Lorenzo Ghiberti. I could’n’t capture a photograph of the full door as it was so busy.
As we rounded the corner to this, Florence’s Cathedral, even on the busiest street, full of tourist, and shoppers, the intake of breath from my fellow passengers from the ship was audible. It is amazing, and I honestly can not do it justice. I found it so powerful I cried when I saw it, what an incredible building.
It was the details too, as we walked along the streets, so easy to miss.
Florence was a fabulous city to visit. I don’t think I will ever forget how powerful the architecture, monuments and art work was.
Next stop Pisa…