Florence Journals

The "Cradle of the Renaissance"

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A travel journal to Florence by Zhebiton

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Quote: Florence is believed to have the greatest concentration of art in the world.

Beacci Tornabuoni

Hotel | "Gorgeous location"

Beacci Tornabuoni Photo, Florence, Italy
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Gorgeous location (center, in the street with boutiques, beautiful entrance between Tiffany and Barberry).The hotel is old. On the one hand an old - and that's great. The decor, the atmosphere, on the other - it is frankly old.Room is normal, clean bathroom, the shower is terrible - very cramped and uncomfortable. Plastic cups (enough for 4 stars?), television ... it is so small I even could not watch it (At least I think if you replace it - just experience will be different.)Breakfast is decent, though not hot - fresh juices, fruit, biscuits, cheese, cold cuts, cereals, etc. With the ability to eat it on the roof, where the view is very beautiful, round flowers and greenery.I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2013

Beacci Tornabuoni
Via Tornabuoni 3
Florence, Tuscany 50123
877-662-6988

Basilica of Santa Croce

Attraction | "Dumping of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli"

Basilica of Santa Croce Photo, Florence, Italy
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In the church of Santa Croce (Holy Cross) tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini and other "stars" of the past centuries. Also, this church is famous for the empty tomb of Dante, which the Florentines at the time expelled from the city for political speech. Dante lived in Ravenna, wrote there his "Divine Comedy" and died, and Florence knew that has lost a genius, and demanded the body back to that troubled Ravenna and Florence showed a large fig. Here and now stands at Santa Croce empty tomb.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2011

Basilica of Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055244619

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

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Attraction | "Ponte Vecchio is the most famous "

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) Photo, Florence, Italy
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Ponte Vecchio - the oldest and most famous of the seven bridges in Florence, exchanging over the River Arno. Ponte Vecchio, as we know it today, was built in 1345 by architect Taddeo Gaddi and a nifty three-arch design with numerous shops, located on either side of the bridge. I have this bridge enchanted at first sight. No, not even true. I was waiting for a meeting with the bridge. Even before the trip to Florence, I knew that this bridge - one of the main attractions of Florence (and on the part of the attractions of this city well, very rich!). Especially fascinating look this bridge in the dark Tuscan night under a full moon. According to the traditions of the Middle Ages...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2011

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Over the Arno River
Florence, Italy 50125

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)

Attraction | "La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore"

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo) Photo, Florence, Italy
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La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore - Cathedral, Florence, who glorified the whole of Europe. Enchanting structure, whose length is 130 meters and width 90. More imbued this masterpiece arhitekrutnym as familiarity with the history of this protracted, lasting much as 6 centuries! Everything started back in 1296 when started working on an ambitious project. The tasks were difficult: the size should have been allowed to include all the city's population, and coupled with the dimensions of furniture and decoration were thrust in his belt ancient Tuscan rivals - Siena and Pisa. The temple was built on the site of the old cathedral of Santa Reparata, which had already started to fall apart, and its dime...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2011

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055294514

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)

Attraction | "Palazzo Pitti"

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace) Photo, Florence, Italy
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If in a crowded Uffizi paintings hung on the ages, schools and artists, in the Palazzo Pitti, another great art gallery in Florence, less known to the general public (the Japanese are big fans of tours "All city attractions in one day, there is banal no time) paintings hang just for beauty. " The thoughtful hostess (and maybe - the owner) a few hundred years ago, gave orders to his servants to place "this titsianchika to rafaelchiku out that" since all have since remained. Masterpieces of world art as decoration, not all are understood. And for me - at the time. Graf, princes, cardinals are looking at us from the portraits. But both in their number in the Palace of Grand Duke came Oliver C...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2011

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)
Piazza Pitti, 1
Florence, Italy 50125
+39 0552388614

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli)

Attraction | "Giardino di Boboli"

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli) Photo, Florence, Italy
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If you're happy decided to look into the Palazzo Pitti in the morning, do not forget after dinner stroll in the Boboli gardens, which served as a model for the creation of Versailles. Sometime in the alleys of the garden the Duke and his courtiers played hide and seek and catch birds. In the pond grown fish that were served to the table. Everywhere seething life. From the life of the trees, fountains and statues. Neptune with a trident. Statue of "Abundance". Actually, it was conceived as John of Austria, wife of Francesco I. But he loved another woman, and John was abandoned. And in life, and in the stone. For a long time lain in a drawer, a statue in the end she saw the light, but as an allegorical ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2011

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli)
Behind the Pitti Palace
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 (055) 2388786

Piazza della Signoria

Attraction | "The heart of Florence"

Piazza della Signoria Photo, Florence, Italy
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Piazza della Signoria - the heart of Florence. Over the centuries, this area was the center of the political life of Florence, with its associated key events in its history. On this square rulers of Florence were executed rebels. In 1498 there was burned the monk Savonarola. Here and now full of life - tourists tourists tourists))) Horses that pull tourists, "parked" here on the Square Interestingly, the original plan of Piazza della Signoria was not provided. When the Romans on the site of today's rack-and-wall palazzo was a theater, from the ruins of which the descendants of economic concocted a fair amount of towers. In the tower were settled with the fa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2011

Piazza della Signoria
In Front of the Palazzo Vecchio
Florence, Italy

Palazzo Vecchio

Attraction | "The most important public building in Florence "

Palazzo Vecchio Photo, Florence, Italy
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Palazzo Vecchio - the most important public building in Florence and a unique example of secular architecture of the Middle Ages. He is a strong fortress, the height of his guard tower reaches 94 meters (the tallest tower in the city). Construction of the Palazzo Vecchio lasted from 1284 to 1341 years. Author of the project is considered to be a famous architect Arnoldo da Cambio. Chimes in the tower of Palazzo Veko, as it should be - fine. Noon! Government in ancient times consisted of Gonfalopera equity and 24 priors, are elected for two months. 6 ° All these days, they were obliged to sit bezvylazno in his palace (where they can be conveniently placed, well-fed and even entertaine...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2011

Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza Della Signoria
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 0552768325

Uffizi Gallery

Attraction | "Italian Galleria "

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy
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Uffizi Gallery - (Italian Galleria degli Uffizi-"gallery offices") - a palace built in Florence in the years 1560-1581, with an initial aim to bring all government services under one roof. The building of the Uffizi (architect Vazari, 1560-1580) represents two of the same type of construction, coupled indoor arch - a transition. The decor of the building is simple and strict: black stone (pietra serena) in combination with white stucco, the entrance is a portico with arcades. Appearance of the building clearly indicates its purpose - probably office buildings throughout the world have common features. Uniformity and rhythm of architectural style - it's an allegory of centralized power and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2011

Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 05523885

Trattoria Za Za

Restaurant | "visit this place"

Trattoria Za Za Photo, Florence, Italy
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Florence left a vivid imprint on my heart with very, not only because of its narrow streets and ancient buildings, but also due to the excellent restaurant, which is practically in the heart of the city. The restaurant's interior was made in the old style, making the visitor mentally transferred far away. A faint light created a sense of comfort and carefree. Many paintings and various objects that adorn the walls of this place looked fantastic. opulyarnaya in zdeshniyh edges Mazzarella di Bufala gave an unforgettable taste of this salad as usual "Caprese". Very much a traditional Tuscan soup Ribolita of stale bread and beans. Good was the traditional Florentine steak-like tast...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2011

Trattoria Za Za
Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 26r
Florence, Italy
+39 (055) 215411

Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Hotel | "Very Nice Hotel with Beautiful Furniture"

Hotel Santa Maria Novella Photo, Florence, Italy
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Located right on against the church of Santa Maria Novella, the 3-minute walk from the railway station, about 15-20 minutes before the Uffizi gallery in 20 minutes the Ponte Vecchio - the most popular bridge over the Arno river, all shops also within walking distance!In the rooms are beautifully elegant bathroom, spacious garderobchik a safe and mini-bar, when entering the room is a work area (desk with comfortable chairs) where you can work at the computer and papers (but we will not be required). In room 2 balconies !!!!!!! One balcony with wicker furniture (table with chairs) with stunning views of the very church of Santa Maria Novella, on the other balcony you can watch Florenti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2010

Hotel Santa Maria Novella
PIAZZA SANTA MARIA NOVELLA 1
Florence, Italy 50123
39-055-27 18 41

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)

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Attraction | "Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore "

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo) Photo, Florence, Italy
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore simply magnificent dome of Brunelleschi, the cathedral is beautiful (especially inside). We decided immediately to his feet. Entrance to the dome (about EUR 6, MF 8.30-17.00, only on foot, an eye-lo 530 steps.) With the left side of the entrance when facing the cathedral. Launch parties for limited-space at the dome. After this, the first for us, a high-rise on foot, we joked that only here can take 530 steps, to give money for it and be happy. People are unprepared quite difficult to pass the path to such a number of steps, never stopping and breathless. The closer to the final point of recovery, the narrower the ladder. At the end of the staircase is so narro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 20, 2010

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055294514

Piazza della Signoria

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Attraction | "Free Open-air Museum "

Piazza della Signoria Photo, Florence, Italy
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Statue of Perseus with the head of Medusa "Benvenuto Cellini," The Rape of the Sabine Women "Dzhanboloni and others. A statue in the square deserve special attention! Many young artists diligently paint them in their albums. David by Michelangelo. Giant 4-meter high statue, full of energy and strength from within. It is very beautiful and I think that she breathes. Around - detachable narrow-eyed tourists and traders with their consumer goods. Next is "Judith with the head of Holofernes" by Donatello and monstrous Neptune Ammonnati work. And further: Statue of Cosimo de 'Medici Dzhanboloni and the place where he was burned at the stake Savonorola. Sad event. It should be ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2010

Piazza della Signoria
In Front of the Palazzo Vecchio
Florence, Italy