Firenze (AKA Florence)

artrevoltOne of the very first things I am learning is that I know many places by their anglicised naming convention, not the local way.  I am keen to try and use the local wording as much as possible, so apologise for any confusion I may cause.

We had essentially Two and a half days in Florence, where we bookended our trip to Siena.  For many years now we have been planning on seeing Tuscany, and after this visit, I am certain we will be back (just maybe in Spring or Autumn).  To be frank, there are some pretty old things in Firenze!  New Zealand History doesn’t go back too far, and neither does Australia’s.  To be looking at artefacts over 600 years old that still looked pristine blew my mind.

Main things we saw on our quick dip into Firenze culture were:

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella (The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella) consecrated in 1420.  firenzebasilicaofsantamarianovellaWe just skimmed the surface of this pretty little Basilica, settling to sit outside in the winter sun and enjoy the light play on the building.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (The Basilica of Saint Mary the Flower) consecrated in 1436.  We loved exploring this Cathedral from within and from outside.  It seemed that it didn’t matter where we were in Firenze, the Dome (known as Il Duomo de Frienze) was around every corner tantalising us with her charms.

Mercato Centrale. A great little Market on the ground floor (only open in the mornings) and a food hall type gig upstairs.  The food is delicious and its a great way to try local dishes.mercatocentrale

We did some further sightseeking on our last half day in Firenze, walked to a famous bridge and even took the bus up to Piazzale Michelangelo and saw Firenze in the setting sun.

The view from our Airbnb were pretty spectacular.  Coming home to these views were pretty spectacular!




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