Florence ( Firenze in Italian) is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of the world according to Forbes magazine and is the capital city of the picturesque region of Tuscany. It ´s the cradle of Renaissance art, culture and architecture which can be seen through it´s sculptures and monuments. What impressed me most was the gigantic and impressive Cathedral of Sta. Maria de Fiore and the baptistry in front.
You can climb up to the top of the tower (don´t worry, an elevator will take you up) and admire the Florence skyline from the city center or ...
admire the cupola´s ceiling from insde the basilica. By the way, it´s also possible to climb the cupola. Either way, I didn´t do both while we were there because we already ran out of time. Boo!
On this bridge called Ponte Vecchio are jewelry stores lined side by side. This place was like a jewelry fanatic´s paradise but not really budget friendly. A tiny pair of simple gold earrings can cost up to 100 euros, defintely not for me!
Crossing the bridge and a few meters walk is the Palazzo Pitti. FYI, two kinds of entrance tickets are sold in the museum, one to the Palatino where you can see the Medici apartments and the impressive jewelry collection ( especially the modern ones) and the second is to the Costume Museum and the gardens ( I didn´t go outside because there was a heat wave at that time). Be careful when you buy the tickets because they´re quite expensive! :)
Florence´s skyline is breathtaking! Here´s one from one of the windows of the Pitti Palace
and another from the Piazza Michelangelo where you can see the whole city of Florence.
There are a lot of things to see in Florence, this post is just a little slice of the ¨whole pie¨ to see and savor.
More of Italy on my next travel posts, stay tuned. Have a lovely week ahead! :)