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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beautiful Florence #3

Beautiful Florence

Walking Tour Renaissance Florence

A trip to Italy is one of my greatest accomplishment that I never thought I could step here one day and how would I get tired to a walking tour around Florence, I just could not stop admiring every stunning architectural structure I could see. A continuation of my Florence's walking tour with the group...
Duomo di Firenze
The Duomo di Firenze or commonly known as the Florence Cathedral is one of the largest Cathedral in the world. Remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. The cathedral is the  mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence.
Florence Cathedral is the main church of Florence. The cathedral name is Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower (Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral) or simply as the Duomo. Filippo Brunelleschi, a Florentine architect of the early Renaissance, designed the Duomo's most striking feature which dominates the city. The Dome of the Duomo used to be the world's largest when completed in 1436 and still towers over the city.
The Cathedral has some important works of art. (Left Photo) Above the main door inside the Cathedral is a Huge Clock decorated by Paolo Uccello. Christ crowning Mary as Queen, a circular stained glass window above the clock designed by Gaddo Gaddi. (Upper Right Photo) The last Judgment under the dome. (Middle Right Photo) The Monumental Crucifix. (Lower Right Photo) Vasari's Fresco.

Piazza del Duomo / Cathedral Square
The Cathedral square complex located at the Piazza del Duomo includes the Baptistery and  Giotto's Campanile. It is one of the most visited place in Europe and major attraction to tourists.
The Campanile or Giotto's Bell Tower of the cathedral has a colorful facade with green, pink and white Tuscan marble. The tower is accessible to visitors and offers a magnificent view of the city and the cathedral's  dome. The tower is standing adjacent the Basilica and the Baptistery.
The Baptistery of St John is one of Florence's oldest building. The exterior is white and green marble. The Octagonal Baptistery stands across the Duomo Cathedral and Giotto Bell Tower. The architecture is in Florentine Romanesque style.
Italian Leather Shop
Next stop is a visit to one of Italian's Leather shop in Florence. A short demonstration is given to us on how strong is Italian leather, how it is being made in a product and and how great the quality of the leather is being sold here. This shop sells a wide range of Italian leather products such as handbags, jackets, wallets, belt and more. Everything is made by a genuine Italian leather, you could get a high quality leather products. Prices of all leather products are reasonable to expensive one. Italian leather is expensive and you could get the best of the product's quality for the value of your money.
Santa Croce
On our way for lunch we passed to this beautiful square, Santa Croce. The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is a principal Franciscan Church and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. This is best known of Florentine artwork and tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo,  machiavelli and other artists. 

During the day the piazza is filled of people both locals and tourist admiring the basilica and enjoying the bustle of the square, a meeting place for Florentines and tourists. Near the Santa Croce square are shops, restaurants and bar, this become a center of nightlife at Florence.
Ristorante Fantasia
Fantasia Restaurant is located near the Santa Croce Square. Fantasia Restaurant has 300 seats capacity and this is famous to most tourists. Tourists in large group like us mostly dine in this restaurant. 

The restaurants served a traditional Italian main meal. Having lunch the Italian way in multi-course. As always, bread is present in every Italian meal. Green salad with chicken for our first plate, pasta for our second plate and a dessert for our last course. Oh I just love the way Italian serve there food. The food is excellente!
Piazzale Michelangelo
Our last stop in Florence was the Piazzale Michelangelo.You can get a great view of Florence at Piazzale Michelangelo. The Piazzale Michelangelo is crowded year round, tourists snap photos (I'm one of them hehe) of a panoramic view from the balcony overlooking the city of Florence. There are large number of market stalls selling souvenirs and snack at the square. Don't dare to miss to buy any souvenir, price here is very cheap.
The Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to the city's most famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. A replica of his famous statue, "David" stands at the center of the square.

A visit to this crowded touristic square is worth a visit to see a magnificent view over the city of Florence and city's well known landmarks.

Visiting the Beautiful Florence completes my visit to Italy.

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