Italy September 2014

Italy September 2014

Italy September 2014

 

Florence     The capital of Tuscany has a wonderful renaissance era 'old town' that is built on a smaller scale than Rome.  The trip between the two major centres by high speed trains takes under 3 hours (traveling at speeds up to 250 km/hr).  We stayed 4 nights at the Hotel City (close to everything) and visited a number of their excellent museums and churches, had a food tour and generally just enjoyed the town.

 

left    Street Vendors line several blocks around the market.  There is an amazing variety of goods for sale:  leather, shirts, pants, hats etc. They are portable stores with awnings and a large volume of stock for sale.   In the evening it all folds up and it is trundled away.

below and right    The great basilica in the centre of town is usually called "the Duomo."  Started at the end of the 13thC it was under construction for 190 years.  The dome was an engineering marvel of its day.

below    Nighttime on the upscale shopping street

below    Like all modern cities, one can spend serious money on fashion

left - Michelangelo's David (photo taken in the Academia Gallery).

 

 

right - a nighttime shot of figures in a church alcove

 

 

Florence has cultural assets by day and by night.