The two most prominent buildings of the historic center of Florence are the Gothic-Renaissance cathedral "Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore" and "Palazzo Vecchio", the Old Palace and town hall of Florence.
Photo credit: Viki Secrets
The impressive facade of the Gothic-Renaissance cathedral in Florence.
Hi, and welcome back to part V of our Italy tour. After our day trip to the beach in Viareggio, we went on a night trip to Florence.
Florence, also sometimes called the birthplace of Renaissance because of its historic buildings, churches and monuments, is the capital city of Tuscany with about 370,000 inhabitants.
The historic center of Florence looks really old and medieval, and at night, when all the (high fashion) shops are closed and only a few lonely hearts stroll through the streets, the atmosphere is beyond words and you feel like living in another time period ...
The cathedral and the old palace dominate the skyline of Florence.
Ponte Vecchio mirrored in the Arno river. The Old Bridge is the entrance to the historic center and popular for its little shops built on top of it. It is also said that the word bankruptcy originated here. Whenever a merchant could not pay his debts, the table of the merchant ("banco") was broken ("rotto") by soldiers and the practice was called "bancorotto" (broken table or bank) and the merchant could no longer pursue his business.
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.
From this perspective the remarkable cathedral reminds me of a Stardestroyer from Star Wars ;)
The dome of the Basilica is still the largest in the world built in brick and mortar.
Sculpture of Eugenius P. IV.
We are now heading to Palazzo Vecchio, the Old Palace and town hall of Florence.
Baccio Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus statue.
Michelangelo's David in front of the Old Palace.
The Old Palace. Palazzo della Signoria or better known as the Palazzo Vecchio with a replica of Michelangelo's David.
The Fountain of Neptune.
This was the historic center of Florence at night. As our Italy tour ends soon, we are now getting excited about our last stop and highlight of our tour, the Renaissance Festival Of The Unicorn.
Viki Secrets Italy Tour
Vinci, The Hometown Of Leonardo da Vinci
The Leonardo Museum
Le Colonie: Farm Holidays in Vinci
Viareggio Resort: A Day At The Beach
Florence At Night
Unicorn Festival: Part I
Unicorn Festival: Part II